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Authorization for Freeport LNG Export Facility Upheld by Court

Aug. 15, 2017, 3:19 PM

A federal appeals court upheld the Energy Department’s authorization of a Freeport LNG Development L.P., liquefied natural gas export facility in Texas, rejecting the Sierra Club’s assertion that the department didn’t go far enough to assess the indirect environmental impacts of the project.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that “the department offered a reasoned explanation as to why it believed the indirect effects pertaining to increased gas production were not reasonably foreseeable.”

The Sierra Club claimed in its lawsuit that the Energy Department didn’t assess the indirect effects of LNG exports, ...