Description: Challenge to authorizations for liquefied natural gas facilities in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
In re Magnolia LNG, LLC
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/23/2016 Order Download Order issued denying rehearing. FERC Reaffirmed Limitations on Scope of NEPA Review for Louisiana LNG Facility. FERC denied rehearing of its approvals for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal near Lake Charles, Louisiana, and related pipeline and compression facilities. FERC reaffirmed its conclusion that effects related to natural gas production, gas-to-coal switching, and foreign consumption of natural gas were not causally related to its approval of the Louisiana facilities, and stated that recent D.C. Circuit decisions concerning NEPA reviews for LNG facilities supported this determination. FERC said that even if such indirect effects, including greenhouse gas emissions, were causally related, they were not reasonably foreseeable. FERC also rejected the argument that it was required to consider the effect that the project would have together with other past, present, and future LNG export projects throughout the entire nation. 05/16/2016 Petition for Rehearing Download Request for rehearing filed. Sierra Club Sought FERC Rehearing on Lake Charles LNG Project. Sierra Club asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw its environmental impact statement and approvals for natural gas liquefaction equipment, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities, and related pipeline infrastructure in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Sierra Club contended that FERC erred in determining that indirect effects on the supply and consumption of natural gas were outside the scope of its Natural Gas Act and NEPA analyses. Sierra Club also argued that FERC had erred by failing to consider the cumulative impacts of the Lake Charles project together with other approved and pending LNG export projects.