Earlier this morning the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge by the Sierra Club against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) review of the Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. The court opted to dispense with the case without taking oral arguments and instead issued a short judgement noting that the challenges do not warrant a published opinion.
In response, Charlie Riedl, Executive Director of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), issued the following statement:
“We are pleased, if not surprised, that the D.C. Circuit Court has upheld the review process. Following a similar rejection of a challenge by the Sierra Club against Sabine Pass, this is the second time in recent months that it has sustained FERC’s process and is an indication of the robust review process that the Commission puts every proposed LNG facility through.
“Natural gas can help deliver meaningful decreases in greenhouse gas emissions. Just last week the Energy Information Administration noted that domestic carbon dioxide emissions fell to a 25-year low during the first six months of 2016 in large part because of the transition from coal to natural gas. Exporting LNG can help deliver these same reductions to other countries around the world.”