DC Circ. Drops LNG Export Fight On DOE's Doorstep

By Keith Goldberg (June 29, 2016, 6:37 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit's rulings Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn't have to evaluate potential drilling increases in approving two liquefied natural gas export projects likely slams the door on broad-based challenges to FERC's LNG project reviews and means that project opponents will now take aim at the U.S. Department of Energy instead, experts say.

A D.C. Circuit panel rejected a pair of challenges by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups to FERC's approval of Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass LNG project in Louisiana and the Freeport LNG project in Texas, rejecting the argument that the commission was required...

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