Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC; Application for Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations, 79007-79008 [2016-27175]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2016 / Notices Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586– 9793. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [FE Docket No. 16–109–LNG] Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC; Application for Long-Term, MultiContract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations Office of Fossil Energy, DOE. Notice of application. AGENCY: ACTION: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on August 12, 2016, by Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC (Lake Charles LNG Export), requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG), in a volume equivalent to 121 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas (0.33 Bcf per day). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited. DATES: Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, January 9, 2017. ADDRESSES: Electronic Filing by email: fergas@ hq.doe.gov. SUMMARY: Regular Mail U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, Washington, DC 20026– 4375. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Hand Delivery or Private Delivery Services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.) U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle W. Moorman or Larine Moore, U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586– 7970; (202) 586–9578. Cassandra Bernstein, U.S. Department of Energy (GC–76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for, Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Nov 09, 2016 Jkt 241001 Lake Charles LNG Export seeks authorization to export the LNG by vessel from the existing Lake Charles Liquefaction Terminal (Lake Charles Terminal) located in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.1 Lake Charles LNG Export requests authorization to export this LNG to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries).2 Lake Charles LNG Export states that the requested export volume (121 Bcf/yr) is incremental and therefore additive to the volume of LNG previously authorized for export from the Lake Charles Terminal to non-FTA countries in DOE/FE Order No. 3868 (730 Bcf/ yr).3 Lake Charles LNG Export further states that, through this request, it seeks to align its authorized LNG export volumes for non-FTA countries with the maximum liquefaction production capacity of the Lake Charles Terminal, as approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Lake Charles LNG Export requests the authorization for a 20-year term to commence on the earlier of the date of first export or seven years from the date the requested authorization is issued. Lake Charles LNG Export seeks to export this LNG on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to the LNG at the time of export. The Application was filed under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details can be found in Lake Charles LNG Export’s Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site at: http://www.energy.gov/fe/lakecharles-lng-export-company-llc-fedocket-16–109-lng-export-fta-and-nftas. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 Lake Charles LNG Export states that its affiliate, Lake Charles LNG Company, LLC, owns and operates the Lake Charles Terminal. Lake Charles LNG Export states that it will own the proposed liquefaction facility and hold the requested LNG export authorization. 2 In the Application, Lake Charles LNG Export also requests authorization to export LNG to any nation that currently has, or in the future may enter into, a FTA requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (FTA countries). DOE/FE will review that request for a FTA export authorization separately pursuant to NGA § 3(c), 15 U.S.C. 717b(c). The proposed export volumes for FTA and non-FTA countries are not additive. 3 Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC, DOE/ FE Order No. 3868, FE Docket No. 13–04–LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term, MultiContract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Lake Charles Terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (July 29, 2016). PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79007 DOE/FE Evaluation The Application will be reviewed pursuant to section 3(a) of the NGA, 15 U.S.C. 717b(a), and DOE will consider any issues required by law or policy. To the extent determined to be relevant, these issues will include the domestic need for the natural gas proposed to be exported, the adequacy of domestic natural gas supply, and U.S. energy security. DOE may also consider other factors bearing on the public interest, including the impact of the proposed exports on the U.S. economy, international considerations, and whether the authorization is consistent with DOE’s policy of promoting competition in the marketplace by allowing commercial parties to freely negotiate their own trade arrangements. As part of this analysis, DOE will consider the following two studies examining the cumulative impacts of exporting domestically produced LNG: • Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Energy Markets, conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration upon DOE’s request (2014 EIA LNG Export Study);4 and • The Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing U.S. LNG Exports, conducted jointly by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Oxford Economics, on behalf of DOE (2015 LNG Export Study).5 Additionally, DOE will consider the following environmental documents: • Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 2014); 6 and • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014).7 Parties that may oppose this Application should address these issues in their comments and/or protests, as well as other issues deemed relevant to the Application. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., 4 The 2014 EIA LNG Export Study, published on Oct. 29, 2014, is available at: https://www.eia.gov/ analysis/requests/fe/. 5 The 2015 LNG Export Study, dated Oct. 29, 2015, is available at: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/ files/2015/12/f27/20151113_macro_impact_of_lng_ exports_0.pdf. 6 The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/addendumenvironmental-review-documents-concerningexports-natural-gas-united-states. 7 The Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: http://energy.gov/fe/life-cyclegreenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefiednatural-gas-united-states. E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1 79008 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the environmental effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will be issued in this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental responsibilities. Public Comment Procedures In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as applicable. Due to the complexity of the issues raised by the Applicant, interested persons will be provided 60 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention. Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests and comments received from persons who are not parties will be considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations in 10 CFR part 590. Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) Emailing the filing to fergas@hq.doe.gov, with FE Docket No. 16–109–LNG in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation and International Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation and International Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 16–109–LNG. Please note: If submitting a filing via email, please include all related documents and attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email correspondence. Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password protection in any of the documents or attachments related to the filing. All electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these guidelines to ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. Any hardcopy filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also include, at the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the entire submission. A decisional record on the Application will be developed through responses to this notice by parties, including the parties’ written comments and replies thereto. Additional VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Nov 09, 2016 Jkt 241001 procedures will be used as necessary to achieve a complete understanding of the facts and issues. If an additional procedure is scheduled, notice will be provided to all parties. If no party requests additional procedures, a final Opinion and Order may be issued based on the official record, including the Application and responses filed by parties pursuant to this notice, in accordance with 10 CFR 590.316. The Application is available for inspection and copying in the Office of Regulation and International Engagement docket room, Room 3E– 042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. The docket room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene or notice of interventions, and comments will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE Web address: http://energy.gov/fe/lake-charles-lngexport-company-llc-fe-docket-16-109lng-export-fta-and-nftas. Issued in Washington, DC, on November 4, 2016. John A. Anderson, Director, Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Oil and Natural Gas. [FR Doc. 2016–27175 Filed 11–9–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY U.S. Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. AGENCY: 30-Day Notice of Submission of Information Collection Approval From the Office of Management and Budget and Request for Comments. ACTION: As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, EIA has submitted a Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery’’ to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments must be submitted by December 12, 2016. 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Abstract: The proposed information collection activity provides a means to collect qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. Qualitative feedback means data that provide useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations. This feedback also provides an early warning of issues with service, or focuses attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve the accuracy of data reported on survey instruments or the delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the agency and its customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful information, but it does not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting DATES: E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[FE Docket No. 16-109-LNG]


Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC; Application for Long-Term, 
Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-
Free Trade Agreement Nations

AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of application.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy 
(DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on 
August 12, 2016, by Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC (Lake Charles 
LNG Export), requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to 
export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG), in a volume 
equivalent to 121 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas 
(0.33 Bcf per day). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of 
intervention, and written comments are invited.

DATES: Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as 
applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments 
are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment 
Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, January 9, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: 
    Electronic Filing by email: fergas@hq.doe.gov.

Regular Mail

    U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation and 
International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, 
Washington, DC 20026-4375.

Hand Delivery or Private Delivery Services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.)

    U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation and 
International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 
Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Kyle W. Moorman or Larine Moore, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), 
Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil 
Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-7970; (202) 586-9578.
Cassandra Bernstein, U.S. Department of Energy (GC-76), Office of the 
Assistant General Counsel for, Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal 
Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 
586-9793.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Lake Charles LNG Export seeks authorization 
to export the LNG by vessel from the existing Lake Charles Liquefaction 
Terminal (Lake Charles Terminal) located in Lake Charles, Calcasieu 
Parish, Louisiana.\1\ Lake Charles LNG Export requests authorization to 
export this LNG to any country with which the United States does not 
have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for 
trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. 
law or policy (non-FTA countries).\2\ Lake Charles LNG Export states 
that the requested export volume (121 Bcf/yr) is incremental and 
therefore additive to the volume of LNG previously authorized for 
export from the Lake Charles Terminal to non-FTA countries in DOE/FE 
Order No. 3868 (730 Bcf/yr).\3\ Lake Charles LNG Export further states 
that, through this request, it seeks to align its authorized LNG export 
volumes for non-FTA countries with the maximum liquefaction production 
capacity of the Lake Charles Terminal, as approved by the Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission. Lake Charles LNG Export requests the 
authorization for a 20-year term to commence on the earlier of the date 
of first export or seven years from the date the requested 
authorization is issued. Lake Charles LNG Export seeks to export this 
LNG on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to 
the LNG at the time of export. The Application was filed under section 
3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details can be found in Lake 
Charles LNG Export's Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site at: 
http://www.energy.gov/fe/lake-charles-lng-export-company-llc-fe-docket-16-109-lng-export-fta-and-nftas.
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    \1\ Lake Charles LNG Export states that its affiliate, Lake 
Charles LNG Company, LLC, owns and operates the Lake Charles 
Terminal. Lake Charles LNG Export states that it will own the 
proposed liquefaction facility and hold the requested LNG export 
authorization.
    \2\ In the Application, Lake Charles LNG Export also requests 
authorization to export LNG to any nation that currently has, or in 
the future may enter into, a FTA requiring national treatment for 
trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. 
law or policy (FTA countries). DOE/FE will review that request for a 
FTA export authorization separately pursuant to NGA Sec.  3(c), 15 
U.S.C. 717b(c). The proposed export volumes for FTA and non-FTA 
countries are not additive.
    \3\ Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC, DOE/FE Order No. 3868, 
FE Docket No. 13-04-LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term, 
Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by 
Vessel from the Lake Charles Terminal in Calcasieu Parish, 
Louisiana, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (July 29, 2016).
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DOE/FE Evaluation

    The Application will be reviewed pursuant to section 3(a) of the 
NGA, 15 U.S.C. 717b(a), and DOE will consider any issues required by 
law or policy. To the extent determined to be relevant, these issues 
will include the domestic need for the natural gas proposed to be 
exported, the adequacy of domestic natural gas supply, and U.S. energy 
security. DOE may also consider other factors bearing on the public 
interest, including the impact of the proposed exports on the U.S. 
economy, international considerations, and whether the authorization is 
consistent with DOE's policy of promoting competition in the 
marketplace by allowing commercial parties to freely negotiate their 
own trade arrangements. As part of this analysis, DOE will consider the 
following two studies examining the cumulative impacts of exporting 
domestically produced LNG:
     Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas 
Exports on U.S. Energy Markets, conducted by the U.S. Energy 
Information Administration upon DOE's request (2014 EIA LNG Export 
Study);\4\ and
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    \4\ The 2014 EIA LNG Export Study, published on Oct. 29, 2014, 
is available at: https://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/fe/.
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     The Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing U.S. LNG Exports, 
conducted jointly by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's 
Baker Institute for Public Policy and Oxford Economics, on behalf of 
DOE (2015 LNG Export Study).\5\
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    \5\ The 2015 LNG Export Study, dated Oct. 29, 2015, is available 
at: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/12/f27/20151113_macro_impact_of_lng_exports_0.pdf.
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    Additionally, DOE will consider the following environmental 
documents:
     Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning 
Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 
2014); \6\ and
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    \6\ The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/addendum-environmental-review-documents-concerning-exports-natural-gas-united-states.
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     Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting 
Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 
2014).\7\

    \7\ The Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: http://energy.gov/fe/life-cycle-greenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefied-natural-gas-united-states.

Parties that may oppose this Application should address these issues in 
their comments and/or protests, as well as other issues deemed relevant 
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to the Application.

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.,

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requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the environmental 
effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will be issued in 
this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental responsibilities.

Public Comment Procedures

    In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, 
comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as 
applicable. Due to the complexity of the issues raised by the 
Applicant, interested persons will be provided 60 days from the date of 
publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, 
motions to intervene, or notices of intervention.
    Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a 
motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments 
or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the 
commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests 
and comments received from persons who are not parties will be 
considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the 
Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices 
of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations 
in 10 CFR part 590.
    Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) 
Emailing the filing to fergas@hq.doe.gov, with FE Docket No. 16-109-LNG 
in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of 
the filing to the Office of Regulation and International Engagement at 
the address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and 
three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation and 
International Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All 
filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 16-109-LNG. Please 
note: If submitting a filing via email, please include all related 
documents and attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email 
correspondence. Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password 
protection in any of the documents or attachments related to the 
filing. All electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these 
guidelines to ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. 
Any hardcopy filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also 
include, at the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the 
entire submission.
    A decisional record on the Application will be developed through 
responses to this notice by parties, including the parties' written 
comments and replies thereto. Additional procedures will be used as 
necessary to achieve a complete understanding of the facts and issues. 
If an additional procedure is scheduled, notice will be provided to all 
parties. If no party requests additional procedures, a final Opinion 
and Order may be issued based on the official record, including the 
Application and responses filed by parties pursuant to this notice, in 
accordance with 10 CFR 590.316.
    The Application is available for inspection and copying in the 
Office of Regulation and International Engagement docket room, Room 3E-
042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. The docket 
room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene or 
notice of interventions, and comments will also be available 
electronically by going to the following DOE/FE Web address: http://energy.gov/fe/lake-charles-lng-export-company-llc-fe-docket-16-109-lng-export-fta-and-nftas.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 4, 2016.
John A. Anderson,
Director, Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of 
Oil and Natural Gas.
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