FERC chair: Louisiana gas export project review isn’t over

By Carlos Anchondo | 05/21/2024 06:55 AM EDT

The Calcasieu Pass 2 terminal is waiting for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Willie Phillips.

Willie Phillips, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Francis Chung/E&E News

The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) that the agency is still reviewing emissions estimates for a proposed gas export facility in Louisiana, delaying a final decision on the terminal.

In a Friday letter to Scalise and Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), FERC Chair Willie Phillips said agency staff members are examining responses filed by Venture Global last week about anticipated air pollution from the planned Calcasieu Pass 2 terminal.

Venture Global, the project’s developer, said information it provided Wednesday shows the CP2 project — together with a proposed air permit modification for the existing Calcasieu Pass facility — results in particular matter and nitrogen oxides emissions that comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The company’s response was filed the same day that FERC asked for more information.


In a filing, Venture Global said it was responding to “another eleventh hour data request.”