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Sierra Club v. U.S. Department of Energy

ELR Citation: 47 ELR 20102
Nos. 15-1489, (D.C. Cir., 08/15/2017)

The D.C. Circuit denied a environmental group's petition to review a FERC decision allowing the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Freeport Terminal in Texas. In 2011, an energy company requested permission for daily exports of LNG out of Freeport. FERC granted the application, finding the exports were in the "public interest." The environmental group argued that the agency did not fulfill its obligation under NEPA because it did not sufficiently examine the indirect effects of LNG exports, nor the cumulative effects of other anticipated, pending, or approved export proposals. The court disagreed, stating that even if the agency determined the impacts were significant, it could still find that the public interest weighs in favor of allowing the exports. The petition was denied.