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FERC and PHMSA to Sign MOU to Expedite LNG Facility Permitting

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and FERC announced last week that they “have agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would refine and reduce the permit application review process for proposed LNG facilities. . . . The MOU will clarify each agency’s respective role in the permitting process for...

Cheniere Energy and PHMSA Enter Consent Agreement for Sabine Pass Tank Leak

Cheniere Energy and the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) entered into a Consent Agreement and Order that sets forth the corrective measures to be implemented before the company may return to service two LNG storage tanks at its Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La. The tanks have been offline since an inadvertent release of LNG...

PHMSA and FERC Issue Orders Regarding LNG Storage Leaks at Sabine Pass Facility

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a corrective action order requiring Cheniere Energy subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (Sabine Pass) to remove from service and evaluate two LNG storage tanks at Sabine Pass’s liquefaction facility in Cameron Parish, La. Leaks of LNG and natural gas from the storage tanks were identified on January...

PHMSA Schedules Public Meeting on LNG Facility Regulations

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced a public LNG Workshop meeting to be held May 18-19, 2016, “to solicit input and obtain background information for the formulation of a future regulatory change to 49 CFR part 193, Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities: Federal Safety Standards.”   PHMSA is co-sponsoring the meeting with the National...

Coast Guard Issues Policy Guidance on LNG Bunkering Operations

The U.S. Coast Guard has released two policy letters to enhance the safety of LNG marine fuel transfer (bunkering) operations.  The first policy letter provides voluntary guidance to Coast Guard Captains of the Port/Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) on LNG fuel transfer operations on vessels using natural gas as fuel in U.S. waters, and training of personnel on those...

Senator Wyden Requests FERC and PHMSA LNG Vapor Cloud Dispersion Model Information

Senator Wyden (D-OR) has requested that FERC and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) provide him with information related to the vapor cloud dispersion models used by those agencies for evaluating LNG terminal applications.  In his letter, Wyden noted that public comments have raised “serious concerns . . . regarding the adequacy of the hazard modeling...

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