The anticipated approximate timeline for major milestones includes:
(1) Open Houses, where interested community members will have an opportunity to learn more about the Projects: These will be held on May 19th in Kingsville, May 20th in Raymondville, and May 21st in Brownsville, Texas. More detailed information about the Open Houses, including exact times and locations, can be found here;
(2) Formal application made to the FERC for approval of the Projects: May 2016;
(3) Issuance of the FERC Order approving the Projects: By end of Q4 2017;
(4) Commencement of the Projects’ construction: Mid-2018; and
(5) Projects initially enter into service: Q1 2022.
If you would like to review our written request to the FERC to initiate its Filing Process or view application materials, you can: (1) download them from the FERC’s e-library at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp, by searching for materials in Docket No. CP16-454 (Rio Grande) and CP16-455 (Rio Bravo); (2) request that we mail you a copy by calling James Markham-Hill, Manager of Communications, toll-free at (844) 807-4564 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your address; or (3) you may view copies at the following public libraries: 1) Brownsville Public Library – Main Branch at 2600 Central Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520; 2) Reber Memorial Public Library at 193 N 4Th St., Raymondville, TX 78580; 3) Robert J. Kleberg Public Library at 220 North 4th Street, Kingsville, TX 78363-4410; 4) Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public Library at 401 E Third St., Alice, TX 78332; and 5) McAllen Public Library at 4001 N. 23rd St. McAllen, TX 78504.
Demonstration on the safety of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by expert Peter Micciche of ConocoPhillips Alaska for the Australia Pacific LNG Project in Queensland, Australia.
– LNG vapor, mainly methane (natural gas), burns only within the narrow range of a 5 to 15 percent gas-to-air mixture
– If the natural gas vapor concentration is lower than 5 percent, it cannot burn because of insufficient fuel
– If the natural gas vapor concentration is higher than 15 percent, it cannot burn because there is insufficient oxygen
– For LNG to burn, it must be released, vaporize, mix with air in the flammable ratio, and be exposed to an ignition source
– From an environmental standpoint there is very little smoke associated with an LNG fire
– LNG vapors do not catch fire as easily as those of other common fuels such as jet fuel or propane (LPG) – These fuels ignite at much lower concentrations in air and much lower auto-ignition temperatures
– In addition, LNG vapors dissipate more easily, meaning that potential hazards can persist longer for other fuels than for LNG.
It is important to understand the differences between Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and Gas to Liquids (GTL)
LNG is made up of mostly methane – the liquefaction process requires the removal of the non-methane components like carbon dioxide, water, butane, pentane and heavier components from the produced natural gas
CNG is natural gas that is pressurized and stored in welding bottle-like tanks at pressures up to 3,600 psig
NGLs are made up mostly of molecules that are heavier than methane like ethane, propane, and butane
LPG is a mixture of propane and butane in a liquid state at room temperatures
GTL refers to the conversion of natural gas to products like methanol, diethyl ether (DME), middle distillates (diesel and jet fuel), specialty chemicals and waxes
– When burned for power generation, the results are even more dramatic – Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions are virtually eliminated and CO2 emissions are reduced significantly
– If spilled on water or land, LNG will not mix with the water or soil, but evaporates and dissipates into the air leaving no residual traces of LNG.
– It does not dissociate or react as do other hydrocarbon gases and is not considered an emission source
The Commission frequently sends staff to attend open houses during pre-filing to answer questions, discuss the FERC’s pre-filing process, and invite stakeholders/public to participate in the environmental and certificate application proceedings. An important component of the NEPA review of projects involves public input early in the process.
The goal of the Commission’s pre-filing process is to notify all project stakeholders, including potentially affected property owners, so that Company and the Commission Staff can provide a forum to hear the issues relevant to those stakeholders. The Company may then incorporate proposed mitigation measures into the project design from comments received from stakeholders.
*Source: Adapted from http://ferc.gov/help/faqs/prefiling.asp
FERC staff may hold public scoping meetings in the project area for major projects that typically require an EIS or EA. The scoping meetings are typically held during the Commission’s pre-filing process, but may be held after the application is officially filed with the Commission.
FERC scoping meetings are open to the general public and are structured for people to make statements to the FERC staff about the project. FERC staff describes the environmental review process with members of the public, provides relevant information, and answers procedural questions. The Company is present and typically gives a summary of its project and is available before and after the formal part of the meeting for questions and answers. One of the main purposes of a formal scoping meeting is so the members of the public get an opportunity to speak their concerns. Comments on the proposed project may be submitted in written form or made verbally during the course of the scoping meeting. The scoping meetings are recorded by a stenographer and will become part of the formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project. Scoping meeting transcripts are accessible and placed in the record through the Commission’s eLibrary system, in the docket number assigned to the proceeding.
Information gathered at scoping meetings during pre-filing help the Company prepare environmental mitigation measures to present in its environmental resource reports filed with the Commission in its Certificate Application. In return, this information provides FERC staff with the resources needed to publish a more complete environmental document for public review. Companies not involved in the pre-filing process are not afforded the benefit of resolving stakeholder concerns prior to filing their Certificate Applications.