NextDecade responds to Rio Grande LNG opponents

NextDecade units, Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline filed a letter with FERC responding to motions to intervene, protests and the comments on the application to build the export terminal at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

In its letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the developers noted that by the deadline on June 9, 63 individuals and 15 organizations made submissions.

The developers urged the Commission to deny 92 broadly deficient interventions, including motions to intervene as the majority failed to meet Commission requirements.

Additionally, the developers requested FERC to reject the protests to the application, noting that, in the case of a joint protest by Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife, it consists of generalized assertions regarding environmental effects of the project.

Due to comments on a “hypothetical project of their own creation”, the developers commented that neither Sierra Club or DoW understand the project.

Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline requested FERC to reject the remaining protests, as the issues they raised were addressed during the scoping period for the proposal.

NextDecade’s unit are proposing to build the Rio Grande LNG terminal with 27 mtpa export capacity and a 137-mile feeder pipeline system.

The company expects FERC to authorize construction by the end of first quarter 2017 with first exports expected to begin by the end of 2020.

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LNG World News Staff

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