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FERC, Other Agencies Using Outdated Standards for LNG Permits, Watchdog Finds

FERC, Other Agencies Using Outdated Standards for LNG Permits, Watchdog Finds

Federal agencies including FERC have been using outdated technical standards for permitting liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities, an issue that could compromise safety, according to a government watchdog. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report published Thursday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the…

August 7, 2020
Freeport LNG Requests Three-Year Extension to Finish Train 4 Amid Weak Market

Freeport LNG Requests Three-Year Extension to Finish Train 4 Amid Weak Market

Freeport LNG Development LP has asked FERC for a three-year extension to place a fourth train online at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Quintana Island in Texas, citing a weak global economy and the need for a new engineering contractor. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the fourth liquefaction train in May…

July 28, 2020
Trump to Nominate Two More to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Trump to Nominate Two More to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

President Trump intends to nominate Mark Christie, the current chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and Allison Clements, the founder and president of energy policy and strategy consulting firm Goodgrid LLC, to become FERC commissioners, the White House said Monday. Christie previously was president of the Organization of PJM States Inc. and served on…

July 27, 2020
New Fortress Rejects FERC Claim Puerto Rico LNG Terminal Unauthorized

New Fortress Rejects FERC Claim Puerto Rico LNG Terminal Unauthorized

New Fortress Energy LLC has asked FERC to end proceedings about whether a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Puerto Rico was brought online without federal approval, while a key end-user does not want it shut down. NFE said the facility is not subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission jurisdiction under the Natural Gas…

July 23, 2020
Williams Scores Approval for Leidy South Natural Gas Project

Williams Scores Approval for Leidy South Natural Gas Project

FERC on Friday approved the Williams Leidy South natural gas pipeline project that would connect Marcellus/Utica shale supply to demand markets along the Atlantic Seaboard ahead of the 2021-2022 winter. The 582,400 Dth/d pipeline, an extension of the massive Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line system, aka Transco, would source gas produced by Cabot Oil & Gas…

July 17, 2020
Appeals Court Rules FERC Can’t Delay Judicial Review of Pipelines Via Tolling Orders

Appeals Court Rules FERC Can’t Delay Judicial Review of Pipelines Via Tolling Orders

FERC’s practice of issuing tolling orders to extend its rehearing process for pipeline projects is not consistent with federal statute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled. The ruling could prove a major boon for pipeline opponents by allowing them to more quickly seek judicial review of Federal Energy…

July 1, 2020
FERC’s Use of Tolling Orders to Delay Pipeline Challenges Overruled by DC Court

FERC’s Use of Tolling Orders to Delay Pipeline Challenges Overruled by DC Court

FERC’s practice of issuing tolling orders to extend its rehearing process for pipeline projects is not consistent with federal statute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled. The ruling could prove a major boon for pipeline opponents by allowing them to more quickly seek judicial review of Federal Energy…

June 30, 2020
ACP Seeks FERC Extension; MVP’s Southgate Project Approved

ACP Seeks FERC Extension; MVP’s Southgate Project Approved

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project has asked FERC for a two-year extension to build and place the 1.5 Bcf/d system online, citing the legal and regulatory delays it has faced.

June 19, 2020
Higher Canadian Natural Gas Prices Seen Limiting Exports to Western U.S.

Higher Canadian Natural Gas Prices Seen Limiting Exports to Western U.S.

Imports of Canadian natural gas supplies through the western United States were subdued in April and May amid higher prices north of the border, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

June 19, 2020
U.S. Drops Three Natural Gas Rigs as Upstream Activity Continues Search for Bottom

U.S. Drops Three Natural Gas Rigs as Upstream Activity Continues Search for Bottom

The U.S. natural gas rig count fell three units to 75 as upstream activity continued on its recent downward trajectory during the week ending Friday, the latest Baker Hughes Co. (BKR) data show.

June 19, 2020
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