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MOU strengthens safety review and permitting process for US LNG facility proposals

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The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has announced that the two agencies have agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would refine and reduce the permit application review process for proposed LNG facilities.

“PHMSA is pleased to work with FERC to advance critical infrastructure projects that support our nation’s growing energy dominance in the safest and most efficient way possible,” said PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott.

The MOU will clarify each agency’s respective role in the permitting process for potential LNG projects, and implement procedures into the FERC’s authorisation process that will leverage PHMSA’s safety expertise to evaluate potential impact to public safety.

The forthcoming MOU was announced by FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre during opening remarks for the 19 July Commission meeting at FERC headquarters.

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