The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management gives notice of receipt of an Application filed September 10, 2021, by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., FLNG Liquefaction, LLC, FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (collectively FLEX), seeking to amend long-term multi-contract authorizations to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) up to the equivalent of an additional 88 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year to Non-Free Trade Agreement (Non-FTA) countries.  FLEX proposes to export LNG from its LNG terminal site on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas to any country that has, or in the future will have, the capacity to import LNG via ocean-going carrier, with which the United States does not have an FTA requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policies.  The authorization is requested for a term extending through December 31, 2050.  FLEX requests this authorization on its own behalf and as agent for other parties who hold title to the LNG at the time of export.  A Federal Register Notice will be issued for the application.

 

DOE will consider one or more of the following studies examining the cumulative impacts of exporting domestically produced LNG:

  • Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas on U.S. Energy Markets, conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration upon DOE’s request (2014 EIA LNG Export Study);
  • The Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing U.S. LNG Exports, conducted jointly by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Oxford Economics, on behalf of DOE (2015 LNG Export Study); and
  • Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports, conducted by NERA Economic Consulting on behalf of DOE (2018 LNG Export Study)

Additionally, DOE will consider the following environmental documents:

  • Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 2014)
  • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014)
  • 2019 Update to Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States, 84 FR 49278 (Sep. 19, 2019)

 

NO. DATE: FILED BY: DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENT 
1. 09/10/2021 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., FLNG Liquefaction, LLC, FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (collectively FLEX) Application for Long-term Authorization to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations
2. 10/08/2021 U.S. Department of Energy 

86 FR 56258 - Notice of Application for Long-Term Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations.

Protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention, as applicable, and written comments are to be filed electronically as detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, December 7, 2021.

3. 12/03/2021 Matthew Deinhardt Comment in Opposition
4.  12/07/2021 Industrial Energy Consumers of America Notice of Intervention, Protest and Comment, Notice of Intervention 
5. 12/07/2021 Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council

Motion to Intervene and Protest

Attachments:

  1. Meral Basit, Sierra Club Legal Assistant, Declaration (Dec. 6, 2021)
  2. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, How High are Household Energy Burdens? (Sept. 2020)
  3. Clark Williams-Derry, IEEFA U.S.: Booming U.S. natural gas exports fuel high prices, IEEFA.ORG, Nov. 4, 2021
  4. Environmental Defense Fund, New Data: Permian Oil & Gas Producers Releasing Methane at Three Times National Rate, EDF.ORG (Apr. 7, 2020)
  5. FERC, 2021-2022 Winter Energy Market and Reliability Assessment Presentation (Oct. 21, 2021)
  6. FERC, Winter Energy Market and Reliability Assessment Report (Oct. 21, 2021)
  7. Gilbert, A. Q. & Sovacool, B. K., US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports: Boom or bust for the global climate?, ENERGY (Dec. 15, 2017)
  8. International Energy Agency, Net Zero by 2050 (May 2021)
  9. David W. Laist et al., Collisions Between Ships and Whales, 17 MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE 1, 35 (Jan. 2001)
  10. Eva Lyubich, The Race Gap in Residential Energy Expenditures (June 2020)
  11. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Understanding Vessel Strikes, NOAA FISHERIES (June 25, 2017)
  12. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Giant Manta Ray, NOAA FISHERIES
  13. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Cetacean & Sound Mapping: Underwater Noise and Marine Life, NOAA
  14. Natural Resources Defense Council, Sailing to Nowhere: Liquefied Natural Gas Is Not an Effective Climate Strategy (Dec. 2020)
  15. Letter from Paul N. Cicio to Jennifer Granholm (Nov. 22, 2021)
  16. Sierra Club, Motion to Intervene and Protest (Aug. 4, 2021)
  17. Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., Will LNG Exports Benefit the United States Economy? (Jan. 23, 2013)
  18. U.N. FCCC, Glasgow Climate Pact
  19. U.N. IPCC, 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (May 2019) at 8.4
  20. U.N. IPCC, Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 C, Summary for Policymakers (May 2019) at 13-17
  21. Yuzhong Zhang et al., Quantifying methane emissions from the largest oil-producing basin in the United States from space, SCIENCE ADVANCES (Apr. 22, 2020)
6. 12/07/2021 The Center for Biological Diversity Comment in Opposition 
7. 12/09/2021 Robert E. Rutkowski  Comment in Opposition (Late Submission) 
8. 12/15/2021 Dr. Millicent M. Valek, President
Brazosport College
Letter in Support (Late Submission)
9. 12/15/2021 The Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County Letter in Support (Late Submission)
10. 12/15/2021 The Texas Civil Justice League Letter in Support (Late Submission)
11. 12/15/2021 Houston Area Urban League Letter in Support (Late Submission)
12. 12/16/2021 Gregg Bisso, Mayor of Surfside Beach, Texas Letter in Support (Late Submission)
13. 12/16/2021 The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County Letter in Support (Late Submission)
14. 12/16/2021 The Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Letter in Support (Late Submission)
15. 12/16/2021 The Brazosport Independent School District Letter in Support (Late Submission)
16. 12/16/2021 The Texas Association of Manufacturers Letter in Support (Late Submission)
17. 12/17/2021 Ryan Cade Letter in Support (Late Submission)
18. 12/17/2021 U.S. Senator John Cornyn Letter in Support (Late Submission)
19. 12/17/2021 The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee of Brazoria County, Inc. Letter in Support (Late Submission)
20. 12/17/2021 The National Association of Manufacturers Letter in Support (Late Submission)
21. 12/17/2021 Rep. Cody Thane Vasut, Texas House of  Representatives - District 25 Letter in Support (Late Submission)
22. 12/17/2021 The Port Freeport Letter in Support (Late Submission)
23. 12/17/2021 The Natural Gas Supply Association Letter in Support (Late Submission)
24. 12/17/2021 The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas Letter in Support (Late Submission)
25. 12/17/2021 Texas Pipeline Association Letter in Support (Late Submission)
26. 12/20/2021 Shane W. Pirtle
Port Commissioner
Letter in Support (Late Submission)
27. 12/20/2021 True to Life Ministries Letter in Support (Late Submission)
28. 12/20/2021 Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce Letter in Support (Late Submission)
29. 12/22/2021 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., FLNG Liquefaction, LLC, FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (collectively FLEX) Answer in Opposition to Protests and Comments
30. 12/29/2021 Harold M Doty Letter in Opposition (Late Submission)
31. 01/14/2022 Railroad Commission of Texas Letter in Support (Late Submission)
32. 01/19/2022 Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Henry Cuellar, Rep. Randy Weber, Rep. Filemon Vela, Jr., and Rep. Vicente Gonzalez Letter in Support (Late Submission)
33. 12/27/2021 L.M. "Matt Sebesta Jr. Brazoria County Judge Letter in Support (Late Submission)
34. 01/13/2022 Freeport LNG Development, L.P. Statement of Change in Control 
35. 01/27/2022 U.S. Department of Energy Email Correspondence in Reference to Statement of Change in Control
36. 03/03/2022 Freeport LNG Development, L.P. Supplement to Statement of Change in Control 
37. 05/12/2022 U.S. Department of Energy 87 FR 29140 - Published Federal Register Notice of Supplement to Change in Control 
38. 05/27/2022 Public Citizens Motion to Intervene in Change in Control
39. 06/07/2022 Freeport LNG Development, L.P.  Answer in Support of Statement of Change in Control
40. 07/21/2022 U.S. Department of Energy Order Approving Change in Control