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Venture Global seeks 'urgent' project approval; Algonquin settles FERC charges

Venture Global makes 'urgent request' to FERC to approve LNG project

Venture Global LNG pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve its proposed Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana, saying it is "critically important" after a previous delay in commission action and after a signal that commissioners will not take up the matter when they meet Jan. 17. In an "urgent request for commission action," Venture Global asked FERC to approve the project by Jan. 22. "Any further delay could undermine the market's confidence in the commission process," the developer wrote in the Jan. 15 letter signed by co-CEOs Bob Pender and Mike Sabel.

Algonquin settles enforcement charges with FERC over Hudson River drilling

Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC will pay a $400,000 fine to settle charges that it violated its certificate order approving the Algonquin Incremental Market project when it entered wetlands outside of the project's right of way without prior Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval. "Using the enforcement office to police violations of certificates is a new development, so it's something that everyone should be paying attention to," David Applebaum, co-head of Akin Gump's energy regulation, markets and enforcement practice and a former FERC Division of Investigations director, said in an interview.

Transco asks FERC for permission to build next phase of Hillabee project

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to build facilities for the next stage of its Hillabee natural gas pipeline expansion project in Alabama. The company said it received all the necessary permits and requested written authorization to build by Jan. 25. The work will include construction of two pipeline loops and station 95.

FERC staff signs off on proposed $45M line from Sendero Midstream gas plant

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff cleared the way for a full commission decision after it issued a positive environmental review for Sendero Carlsbad Gateway LLC's proposed 400 million-standard-cubic-foot-per-day Gateway pipeline project that would expand natural gas transportation capacity between a processing plant in southeastern New Mexico and the Waha Hub in Texas.