Description: Challenge to a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the Driftwood liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwest Louisiana.
Healthy Gulf v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/19/2022 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed. Environmental Groups Challenged Clean Water Act Permit for LNG Facility in Louisiana. Healthy Gulf and Sierra Club filed a petition for review in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in southwest Louisiana. In a press release announcing the lawsuit, the petitioners said the permit “falls short of legal requirements to avoid and compensate for impacts to wetlands,” which are “necessary natural storm barriers to hurricanes and help prevent flooding.” The press release also described the facility’s climate impact as “staggering,” stating that the annual lifecycle emissions of the produced LNG—from extraction to combustion—would equal the annual emissions of 42 coal plants. In addition, the press release cited environmental justice concerns.