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 Rio Grande LNG project and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline project. The application and all subsequent FERC filings are publicly available on the FERC’s website under docket numbers CP16-454 (Rio Grande LNG) and CP16-455 (Rio Bravo Pipeline).
On October 12, 2018, FERC issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline. 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 safety, environmental, engineering, socioeconomics, and other elements of proposed projects. FERC released the final EIS for Rio Grande LNG and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline on April 26, 2019. NextDecade expects to receive the final FERC order by 3Q 2019 and to make a final investment decision on the Rio Grande LNG project by 4Q 2019.9.
Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline also rely on the environmental, legal, and technical expertise of LNG industry consultants and engineers, including Blue Engineering and Consulting, CH-IV International, Moffat & Nichol, Ecology & Environment, Inc., Fugro USA Land, Inc., and K&L Gates LLP.
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