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FERC revokes notice-of-violations policy; Cameron LNG to start exporting volumes

FERC rescinds notice-of-violations policy blasted by energy groups

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rescinded its nearly decade-old policy of issuing notices of alleged violations regarding market participant conduct under agency staff investigation. Those notices, which several power and natural gas groups opposed, no longer are needed because the commission now has "better tools" available for providing transparency, FERC said in a news release.

FERC approves export of commissioning volumes from Cameron LNG

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff authorized exports of initial LNG volumes produced as Sempra Energy-led Cameron LNG LLC completes commissioning work on the first natural gas liquefaction train of its Louisiana facility. FERC's approval, issued May 20, came about a week after developers of the export project announced the first LNG production, which made Cameron LNG the fourth large-scale facility in the mainland U.S. to become operational.

US Senate Democrats revive bill to bolster public participation at FERC

U.S. Senate Democrats reintroduced legislation on May 15 aimed at encouraging residential and small commercial energy consumers to be more involved in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Public Engagement at FERC Act, or S. 1477, would create an Office of Public Participation and Consumer Advocacy at the commission, with the director appointed by the Secretary of Energy.

FERC gives Columbia Gas a positive environmental review on Va. expansion

Columbia Gas Transmission LLC received a positive environmental review from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff for an expansion project designed to significantly increase the maximum delivery capacity of its natural gas pipeline system in southeastern Virginia. The FERC staff found in a May 17 order that the project would not lead to major environmental impacts.

FERC environmental assessment clears Tennessee Gas upgrade in Massachusetts

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff issued a positive environmental review of a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'s upgrade project in Hampden County, Mass., designed to provide an additional 72,400 MMcf/d of natural gas transportation capacity and to increase reliability for shippers. In the May 17 review, FERC staff found the proposed project would not lead to significant environmental impacts if the Kinder Morgan Inc. pipeline company uses appropriate mitigation measures.

Alliance Pipeline to let go of some capacity on ND gas lateral

Alliance Pipeline LP received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to lower the certificated natural gas transportation capacity of a pipeline lateral in North Dakota's Bakken Shale region. An order delivered at FERC's monthly public meeting on May 16 allowed Alliance to restate the capacity of the Tioga lateral as 96 MMcf/d, a reduction from the current certificated capacity of 126.4 MMcf/d.

National Fuel gets extension for project to boost deliveries to petrochem site

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. more time to expand its pipeline system in Pennsylvania, which would allow it to deliver an additional 133,000 Dth/d to a petrochemical facility. FERC staff issued the National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary a nearly four-month extension for the Line N to Monaca project in Beaver and Washington counties, Pa., giving the company until Sept. 20 to complete construction and put the project in service.