The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order denying Siera Club’s request for rehearing of Sabine Pass LNG expansion permit.
Sierra Club filed its request after FERC granted permission to Houston-based LNG player Cheniere to construct and operate liquefaction trains 5 and 6 of the project adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and to expand Creole Trail’s interstate pipeline facilities which transport domestic natural gas to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal for export.
In its request fo rehearing, Sierra Club contended that the order failed to analyze the adverse environmental impacts from induced upstream gas production in the United States and from downstream end-use of LNG in importing nations as indirect effects of the project.
It also adds that the FERC failed to consider the cumulative impacts of the project with other approved and pending LNG export projects and failed to employ generally accepted methods for discussing the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, such as the social cost of carbon and evaluating consistency with emission reduction targets.
Sierra Club also contended that FERC’s order failed to prepare an environmental impact statement after the commission’s environmental assessment.
FERC discussed all the claims of Sierra Club in its filing and decided to deny its request for rehearing.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Cheniere