According to FERC, the notice of schedule, which was issued on 15 October last year, identified a May 2020 draft environmental impact statement (EIS) issuance date and a 2 October 2020 final EIS issuance date.
This schedule was based upon Commonwealth providing complete and timely responses to any data requests. In its 4 February 2020 partial response to staff’s 2 January 2020 data request, Commonwealth claimed that it would provide the remainder of the outstanding responses in stages through July 2020, including an official interpretation from the US Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) in June 2020 pertaining to Commonwealth’s proposed LNG storage tank design.
Due to the fact that the outstanding data responses to staff’s data request and the issuance of the PHMSA interpretation are expected after the previously announced draft EIS date, FERC has announced that it will suspend the environmental review schedule for the project. Once staff has reviewed both the responses and the PHMSA interpretation, FERC will issue a revised schedule for the draft and final EIS. The statement makes clear that this is not a suspension of the commission staff’s review of the Commonwealth project. Staff will continue to process Commonwealth’s proposal to the extent possible based upon the information Commonwealth has filed to date while awaiting the responses and the PHMSA interpretation.
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/18032020/ferc-suspends-environmental-review-for-commonwealth-lng/