Democratic News

Jun 19 2014

Landrieu: FERC Approves Sempra Cameron LNG in Southwest La.

Calls on DOE to issue final permit for facility that would create 3,000 jobs in Louisiana

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources applauded the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve the construction of Sempra’s Cameron LNG terminal earlier today and called on the Department of Energy to issue the final approval of the project’s export license without delay.

“Cameron LNG will create thousands of high-paying jobs in Southwest Louisiana and will position America as an energy superpower,” Sen. Landrieu said. “The Department of Energy should follow FERC’s lead and issue the final approval for the project, and they should do so quickly so we can create 3,000 high-paying jobs in Southwest Louisiana.”

“This is a landmark project that will bring economic prosperity and create thousands of jobs in Louisiana,” said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. “Today’s approval is another important step in delivering natural gas to America’s trading partners abroad.  We appreciate the continued support of leaders like Senator Landrieu who are helping to move the U.S. LNG industry forward."

Sen. Landrieu has led the effort to secure regulatory approval for Sempra’s Cameron LNG in Congress. Last week, Sen. Landrieu called on FERC to issue final approval for the facility at today’s meeting.

In April, Sen. Landrieu sent a letter to Acting FERC Chair Cheryl LaFleur calling on the Commission to carry out its regulatory responsibilities on Cameron LNG in a timely manner.

In February, Sen. Landrieu wrote to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, encouraging swift approval of Cameron LNG’s export license. The following day, after waiting more than two years for approval, Cameron LNG received the DOE’s approval