FERC, Feds Agree to LNG Coordination

By Published On: February 17, 2004

With renewed, intense interest in liquefied natural gas terminals in the United States, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Transportation agreed to coordinate their policies for LNG facilities, including terminals and tankers. The February 11 announcement delineates the agencies? roles but doesn?t fund any new operations. ?Agencies will work together to ensure that both land and marine safety and security issues are addressed and coordinated in a comprehensive manner,? states the agreement. That includes tankers, transferring gas to onshore storage terminals, and terminal operations. The agencies are already coordinating some activities. For instance, FERC, the Coast Guard, and the Department of Transportation are evaluating vapor and fire hazards from spills and looking at ways to predict spill behavior. In its meeting February 11, FERC required public utilities, hydroelectric owners, and natural gas companies to file quarterly reports instead of annual ones. The commission ordered the change to be accomplished with the federal government?s own software?on line?to provide ?greater transparency.? Also, the proposed regional transmission organization for the Southwest was approved this week. ?Southwest,? however, goes as far as Arkansas in this region?including as well New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri. The RTO would include 11 transmission systems, six municipalities, and eight co-ops. FERC required it to have an independent board and market monitor. FERC noted that its board?s stakeholder classes had to be expanded.

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