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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...

PHMSA Approves Design Spill Criteria for Sabine Pass LNG Stage 3 Expansion

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) has filed a letter with FERC stating that it has no objection to the methodology used by Sabine Pass LNG for determining single accidental leakage sources for candidate design spills for the proposed Stage 3 (liquefaction trains 5 and 6) expansion at the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La.  PHMSA...

PHMSA Approves Cove Point LNG Design Spill Criteria

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) sent a letter to FERC stating that it has no objection to Dominion Cove Point LNG’s (DCP) methodology for determining candidate design spills used to identify credible leakage scenarios and establish the siting for its proposed LNG export plant facilities, as required by PHMSA regulations.  PHMSA’s letter can be found...

Northwest Environmental Groups Appeal Coast Guard LOR on Columbia River LNG Traffic

Columbia Riverkeeper, Columbia-Pacific Commonsense, and Wahkiakum Friends of the River filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the U.S. Coast Guard’s Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and Letter of Recommendation Analysis on the suitability of the Columbia River for LNG marine traffic as it relates to safety and security. The LOR was in...

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