FERC Finds No Cause For Change In Its GHG Analysis

June 23, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order denying rehearing of its April 6, 2015, order authorizing Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC to expand its existing liquefied natural gas export facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and to construct an upstream pipeline to deliver gas to the liquefaction facility.

Because approval of Sabine Pass’ project is a federal action, FERC is required to perform an analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act to assess the project’s environmental impacts. The Sabine Pass rehearing order responds to several points of error asserted by the Sierra Club. Among them, and likely the most significant, is the Sierra Club’s assertion that FERC failed to follow the Council on Environmental Quality's recently issued revised draft guidancefor federal departments and agencies on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change in NEPA reviews.

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