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New FERC policy on cost recovery for natural gas facilities modernization could accelerate repair of pipeline leaks

With concern growing that leaking natural gas pipelines may trigger deadly explosions, threaten public health and worsen climate change, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is looking at new ways to support pipe repair and replacement. Late last month, FERC proposed new rules that would allow operators of interstate natural gas pipelines to recover certain… Full Story

What’s in the pipeline for gas: How the climate pact with China could lead to tighter federal controls on methane emissions from natural gas pipelines

There has been much talk in recent weeks about the need for clean energy development to mitigate climate change. Last Wednesday, President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, announced a new deal aimed at limiting emissions of climate damaging pollutants, including by expanding the use of non-fossil energy sources. Under the deal, the Obama… Full Story

Lessons from the DOE’s LNG Export Approvals

Unlike with oil, there is no unified global market for natural gas. Instead, there are numerous regional markets that are oriented around pipeline networks and increasingly connected to each other through liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker shipments. In the last several years, the surge of shale gas production in the United States has driven down… Full Story

NEPA and Environmental Impacts of LNG Exports

This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it uses when considering whether to allow certain exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new procedure establishes a timeline that turns on the completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which has always been essential to decisions… Full Story

An Inconsistent Approach to “Public Interest” Consistency Determinations: Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act and the Rush to Export LNG

The Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) recently revised the process it follows when considering applications under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (the NGA) to import or export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Under the NGA, DOE must issue an approval unless “it finds that the proposed exportation or importation will not… Full Story

Federal Financing for Australia LNG Projects Does Not Trigger ESA

Already the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Australia is expected to overtake Qatar as the leader by 2016, as its natural gas boom has driven production and led to the construction of new export infrastructure at a much faster clip than in other emerging LNG powerhouses like the United States and Canada…. Full Story

Policy Trends in Congressional LNG Legislation

This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it follows when reviewing applications for permission to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Natural Gas Act of 1938 (NGA), as amended. At the same time, as the economic opportunities of LNG beckon and the volume of NGA applications… Full Story

Natural Disasters and State-Level Executive Powers

This summer, the Sunlight Foundation – a nonprofit that advocates for open government – released a comparative study of the accessibility of state-level executive orders. It found a great deal of variability from one state to the next, in terms of both accessibility and the legal substance of the orders. As the study noted, state-level… Full Story

Seismic Activity and Hydraulic Fracturing

Earlier this month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallon created a new entity – the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity—to connect legislators with researchers exploring the relationship between seismicity and hydraulic fracturing. The month before, a resident of Prague – a small town about 60 miles due east of Oklahoma City – filed a complaint in state… Full Story