Thursday, July 28, 2011

LNG: Downeast LNG application is still in play.

Seal of the United States Federal Energy Regul...Image via WikipediaOFFICE OF ENERGY PROJECTS

Project Update for the Downeast LNG Project

July 2011

The purpose of this mailing is to provide an update on the environmental and engineering review of Downeast LNG, Inc.’s and Downeast Pipeline, LLC’s pending applications with the FERC (Docket Nos. CP07-52-000, CP07-53-000, and CP07-53-001). Since issuance of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in May 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued clarifications on its Title 49, C.F.R, Part 193 regulations to which the proposed Downeast facility would be subject. The DOT is currently in the process of evaluating alternative models necessary to ensure liquefied natural gas facilities comply with these federal safety standards. Based on the DOT’s recent progress, we are gathering information to prepare a Revised Draft EIS that will update information in the May 2009 Draft EIS and address all comments received to date. In the future, we will issue a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Revised Draft EIS that will open another scoping period during which you may submit comments. If you have already submitted comments on this project, you do not need to re-submit them.

When Downeast completes its consultation with the DOT and we have all the information necessary to complete our analysis, we will issue the Revised Draft EIS to our environmental mailing list for public review and comment. Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at 1-866-208-FERC (3372).

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