Regulatory Process

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Regulatory Process 2019-02-05T15:14:47+00:00

Rio Grande LNG and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline are regulated by a variety of federal (and state) agencies. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the primary regulatory agency responsible for the review and permitting of LNG facilities. FERC’s rigorous process includes a detailed review of environmental, social, and economic impacts of proposed projects.

NextDecade initiated the pre-filing process with FERC in March 2015. FERC held a series of Open Houses (May 2015) and scoping meetings (August 2015) in several communities throughout the region, including Brownsville, Kingsville, Port Isabel, and Raymondville, during which members of the public had opportunities to provide input.

On May 5, 2016, NextDecade filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct, and operate the RGLNG project and the associated RBPL project. The application and all subsequent FERC filings are publicly available on the FERC’s website under docket numbers CP16-454 (RGLNG) and CP16-455 (RBPL).

 On October 12, 2018, FERC issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on RGLNG and RBPL. The draft EIS was prepared in accordance with statutory requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FERC’s rigorous process includes a detailed review of environmental, engineering, social, and other elements of proposed projects. According to the notice of schedule FERC published in August 2018, FERC is expected to issue a final EIS in April 2019. The federal authorization decision deadline is set for July 25, 2019.

Copies of the draft EIS are available on FERC’s website. FERC accepted public comments on the draft EIS until 4:00 p.m. CT on December 3, 2018. FERC also held three public comment sessions in the project area to receive comments on the draft EIS: 

November 13, 2018 (5:00 p.m. CT): Texas A&M, 700 University Boulevard, Kingsville, TX 78363

November 14, 2018 (5:00 p.m. CT): La Quinta, 128 N. Expressway 77, Raymondville, TX 78750

November 15, 2018 (5:00 p.m. CT): Port Isabel Convention Center, 309 E. Railroad Avenue, Port Isabel, TX 78578

Copies of the RGLNG and RBPL application materials are available on the FERC’s website, as well as at the following public libraries in the Rio Grande Valley: (1) Brownsville Public Library, 2600 Central Boulevard, Brownsville, TX 78520; (2) Reber Memorial Public Library, 193 N. 4th Street, Raymondville, TX 78580; (3) Robert J. Kleberg Public Library, 220 N. 4th Street, Kingsville, TX 78363; (4) Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public Library, 401 E 3rd Street, Alice, TX 78332; and (5) McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd Street, McAllen, TX 78504.

Rio Grande and Rio Bravo also rely on environmental, legal, and technical expertise of LNG industry consultants and engineers, including CH-IV International, Moffat & Nichol, Ecology & Environment, Inc., Fugro Consultants, Inc., and K&L Gates LLP.

For additional information, please call or email Ashley Helmer, Director of Communications: + 1 281-249-5453 or