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D.C. Circuit Again Denies Sierra Club Challenges to DOE LNG Export Authorizations

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied Sierra Club’s appeals of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) orders which authorized LNG exports from the Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG terminal under construction in Lusby, Md., the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La., and the Corpus Christi LNG terminal under construction in Corpus Christi, Texas.  According to...

Court Affirms Freeport LNG Export Authority

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied Sierra Club’s challenge to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) orders approving LNG exports by Freeport LNG Expansion LP. According to the Law360 article, the court rejected Sierra Club’s argument that DOE did not tailor “its review of the indirect environmental effects of export-induced natural gas production — in particular, how...

Court Remands BP Energy Appeal of Dominion Cove Point LNG Capacity Allocation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has issued an opinion remanding to FERC for further explanation how FERC’s orders, which permitted Statoil Natural Gas, but not BP Energy, to turn back certain capacity held on Dominion Cove Point LNG’s system, were not unduly discriminatory as to BP Energy under the Natural Gas Act.  ...

Court Backs FERC on Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has issued an opinion rejecting EarthReports’, Sierra Club’s and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s joint appeal of FERC’s orders, which authorized construction and operation of the Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal at Lusby, Md.  According to Law360, the Petitioners, among other things, “claimed that FERC flouted the National...

Oregon LNG Refiles Land Dispute Case Against the Army Corps of Engineers

The Daily Astorian reports that Oregon LNG has refiled a lawsuit in U.S. District Court which claims that the Army Corps of Engineers has abandoned its easement rights to land on which Oregon LNG wants to build its LNG export terminal in Warrenton, Ore.  According to the press release, the suit was refiled to permit Oregon LNG to “maintain its legal options” and is “responsive to the...

FERC Defends Rejection of Claims of Induced Gas Production in Reviewing LNG Export Terminal Application

Law360 reports that in the court appeal of FERC’s orders approving the Corpus Christi LNG export terminal, FERC stands by its policy that, in its environmental review of Corpus Christi LNG’s export project application, FERC was not required to consider the environmental effects of potential increased gas production caused by the project.  Sierra Club and other environmental groups have...

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