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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...

Oregon Environmental Groups Lose Appeal of Coast Guard Recommendation

The Portland Tribune reports that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed Columbia Riverkeeper et al.’s appeal of the U.S. Coast Guard’s issuance of letter of recommendation (LOR) that approved transportation of LNG on the Columbia River.  According to the report, the petitioners claimed that the Coast Guard failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and...

Study Suggests Risk of Earthquake and Tsunami at Proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

The Oregonian reports on the risks that a large earthquake and resulting tsunami would pose to the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay.  An Oregon State University study indicates there is a 40 percent chance of a mega-thrust earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurring in the region within the next 50 years.  FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for...

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