US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulators have approved Commonwealth LNG’s gas terminal export project.
Commonwealth is expected to begin exporting 8.4 mill tonnes a year of LNG from Cameron, Louisiana once it comes online in 2027. It was the first export terminal to be approved by FERC in over two years.
Rich Glick, a US Democrat and FERC Chairman said federal natural gas law covering LNG terminals requires the panel to approve the facilities unless they are contrary to public interests.
However, Glick said that he was concerned that the terminal will produce the equivalent of 3.5 mill tonnes of carbon emissions per year. "I still am at a loss as to why we don't at least assess the significance of the greenhouse gas emissions in terms of making our determination ... and I think it is something we need to grapple with as we move forward," he told newswires.
The other two Democratic commissioners out of the total of five, also voted for the project but expressed concerns about its pollution impact on minority communities near the facility.