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Pre-Filing Procedures for Review of LNG Terminals and Other Natural Gas Facilities

[Docket No. RM05-31-000; Order No. 665]

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is amending its regulations in accordance with section 311(d) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) to establish mandatory procedures requiring prospective applicants to begin the Commission’s pre-filing review process at least six months prior to filing an application for authorization to site and construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.

Section 311(d) of EPAct 2005, enacted on August 8, 2005, directs the Commission to promulgate such regulations within 60 days after enactment of EPAct 2005. The regulations’ mandatory procedures are designed to encourage applicants for LNG terminal siting and construction authority to cooperate with state and local officials, as required by EPAct 2005.

The regulations also make the pre-filing process mandatory for prospective applicants for authority to construct related jurisdictional pipeline and other natural gas facilities, as defined in the regulations.

The regulations also require a prospective applicant to comply with the pre-filing procedures prior to filing an application to make modifications to an existing or authorized LNG terminal if such modifications involve significant state and local safety considerations that have not been previously addressed.

Under this Final Rule, prospective applicants may elect on a voluntary basis to undertake the pre-filing process prior to filing applications for other facilities subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction under the Natural Gas Act (NGA).

The rule will become effective November 17, 2005. For further information contact:

Richard Hoffmann, Office of Energy Projects, (202) 502-8066,

John Leiss, Office of Energy Projects, (202) 502-8058,

Whit Holden, Office of the General Counsel, (202) 502-8089,