Democratic News

Jul 30 2014

Landrieu Presses DOE to Approve Sempra’s LNG Permit as Soon as Possible

FERC Denies Sierra Club’s Request for Rehearing, DOE Approval only Remaining Hurdle

WASHINGTON – In a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue the final approval of an export license for Sempra’s Cameron LNG terminal as soon as possible. Earlier today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the Sierra Club’s request for a rehearing of its siting approval for Cameron LNG.

Read the letter.

“Sempra’s LNG Project will be an economic boon to Cameron Parish, the State of Louisiana and the United States, creating over 3,000 high paying jobs,” Sen. Landrieu wrote in the letter. “The importance of DOE’s issuing final export approval as soon as possible cannot be overstated. I strongly urge you to direct responsible DOE staff to issue a final export authorization to Cameron LNG as soon as possible.”

Sen. Landrieu has led the effort to secure regulatory approval for Sempra’s Cameron LNG in Congress. In June, after Sen. Landrieu called on FERC to issue final approval for the facility, it issued its final approval one week later.

In April, Sen. Landrieu sent a letter to Acting FERC Chair Cheryl LaFleur calling on the Commission to carry out its regulatory responsibilities on Sempra’s 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