Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC; Application To Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement Authorization, 65392-65394 [2020-22873]

Download as PDF 65392 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 200 / Thursday, October 15, 2020 / Notices LNG).3 If no interested person protests the change in control and DOE takes no action on its own motion, the proposed change in control will be deemed granted 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. If one or more protests are submitted, DOE will review any motions to intervene, protests, and answers, and will issue a determination as to whether the proposed change in control has been demonstrated to render the underlying authorization inconsistent with the public interest. Public Comment Procedures jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Interested persons will be provided 15 days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register in order to move to intervene, protest, and answer SPL’s Notice.4 Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited in response to this notice only as to the change in control described in SPL’s Notice. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention must meet the requirements specified by DOE’s regulations in 10 CFR part 590. Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) Preferred method: Emailing the filing to fergas@ hq.doe.gov; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and 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, Analysis, and Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to the individual FE Docket Number(s) in the title line, or Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC Change in Control in the title line. 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 3 SPL’s Notice also applies to its existing authorizations to export LNG to FTA countries and to import natural gas from various international sources, but DOE/FE will respond to those portions of the document separately pursuant to the CIC Procedures, 79 FR 65542. Further, SPL’s application to export LNG to non-FTA countries in FE Docket No. 19–125 remains pending. 4 Intervention, if granted, would constitute intervention only in the change in control portion of this proceeding, as described herein. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Oct 14, 2020 Jkt 253001 digital copy on disk of the entire submission. SPL’s Notice, and any filed protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and comments, are available for inspection and copying in the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and 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. SPL’s Notice, and any filed protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and comments, will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE web address: https://fossil.energy.gov/ng_regulation/. Signed in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2020. Amy Sweeney, Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Oil and Natural Gas. [FR Doc. 2020–22771 Filed 10–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [FE Docket No. 12–156–LNG] Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC; Application To Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement Authorization Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), filed on October 2, 2020, by Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC (Golden Pass LNG). Golden Pass LNG seeks to amend the export term set forth in its current authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement countries, DOE/FE Order No. 3978, as amended, to a term ending on December 31, 2050. Golden Pass LNG filed the Application under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and DOE’s policy statement entitled, ‘‘Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050’’ (Policy Statement). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments on the requested term extension are invited. SUMMARY: Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed using DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 procedures detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, October 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: Electronic Filing by email: fergas@hq.doe.gov. Regular Mail: U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and 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, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beverly Howard or Amy Sweeney, U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586–9387; (202) 586– 2627, beverly.howard@hq.doe.gov or amy.sweeney@hq.doe.gov. Cassandra Bernstein or Edward Toyozaki, U.S. Department of Energy (GC–76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 6D– 033, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586–9793; (202) 586–0126, cassandra.bernstein@ hq.doe.gov or edward.toyozaki@ hq.doe.gov. On April 25, 2017, in Order No. 3978, DOE/FE authorized Golden Pass LNG (then Golden Pass Products, LLC) to export domestically produced LNG in a volume equivalent to 808 billion cubic feet per year of natural gas, pursuant to NGA section 3(a), 15 U.S.C. 717b(a).1 Golden Pass LNG is authorized to export this LNG by vessel from the Golden Pass LNG Terminal—which is currently under construction in Sabine Pass, Texas—to any country with which the United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC, DOE/FE Order No. 3978, FE Docket No. 12–156–LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Golden Pass LNG Terminal Located in Jefferson County, Texas, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Apr. 25, 2017), reh’g denied, DOE/FE Order No. 3978–A (Mar. 30, 2018), amended by DOE/FE Order No. 3978–B (Mar. 4, 2020) (transferring authorization from Golden Pass Products LLC to Golden Pass LNG), DOE/FE Order No. 3978–C (Mar. 24, 2020) (extending export commencement deadline). E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 200 / Thursday, October 15, 2020 / Notices prohibited by U.S. law or policy (nonFTA countries) for a 20-year term. In the Application,2 Golden Pass LNG asks DOE to extend its current export term to a term ending on December 31, 2050, as provided in the Policy Statement.3 Additional details can be found in the Application, posted on the DOE/FE website at: https://www.energy.gov/ sites/prod/files/2020/10/f79/FE12-156LNG%20GPLNG%20 Term%20Extension%20 Application%20FINAL10-2-20.pdf. DOE/FE Evaluation jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES In the Policy Statement, DOE adopted a term through December 31, 2050 (inclusive of any make-up period), as the standard export term for long-term non-FTA authorizations.4 As the basis for its decision, DOE considered its obligations under NGA section 3(a), the public comments supporting and opposing the proposed Policy Statement, and a wide range of information bearing on the public interest.5 DOE explained that, upon receipt of an application under the Policy Statement, it would conduct a public interest analysis of the application under NGA section 3(a). DOE further stated that ‘‘the public interest analysis will be limited to the application for the term extension— meaning an intervenor or protestor may challenge the requested extension but not the existing non-FTA order.’’ 6 Accordingly, in reviewing Golden Pass LNG’s Application, DOE/FE will consider any issues required by law or policy under NGA section 3(a), as informed by the Policy Statement. To the extent appropriate, DOE will consider the study entitled, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study),7 DOE’s response to public comments received 2 Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC, Application to Amend Export Term for Existing Long-Term Authorization Through December 31, 2050, FE Docket Nos. 12–156–LNG and 12–88–LNG (Oct. 2, 2020). Golden Pass LNG’s request regarding its FTA authorization is not subject to this Notice. See 15 U.S.C. 717b(c). 3 U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050; Notice of Final Policy Statement and Response to Comments, 85 FR 52237 (Aug. 25, 2020) [hereinafter Policy Statement]. 4 See id., 85 FR 52247. 5 See id., 85 FR 52247. 6 Id., 85 FR 52247. 7 See NERA Economic Consulting, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (June 7, 2018), available at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/ 06/f52/Macroeconomic%20LNG%20Export%20 Study%202018.pdf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Oct 14, 2020 Jkt 253001 on that Study,8 and the following environmental documents: • Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 2014); 9 • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014); 10 and • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 Update, 84 FR 49278 (Sept. 19, 2019), and DOE/FE’s response to public comments received on that study.11 Parties that may oppose the Application should address these issues and documents 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., 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, addressing the Application. Interested parties will be provided 15 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention. The public previously was given an opportunity to intervene in, protest, and comment on Golden Pass LNG’s longterm non-FTA application. Therefore, DOE will not consider comments or protests that do not bear directly on the requested term extension. 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 8 U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG Exports: Response to Comments Received on Study; Notice of Response to Comments, 83 FR 67251 (Dec. 28, 2018). 9 The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/draft-addendumenvironmental-review-documents-concerningexports-natural-gas-united-states. 10 The 2014 Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: http://energy.gov/fe/life-cyclegreenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefiednatural-gas-united-states. 11 U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 Update—Response to Comments, 85 FR 72 (Jan. 2, 2020). The 2019 Update and related documents are available at: https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket/ index/21. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65393 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. 12–156–LNG in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and 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, Analysis, and Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 12–156–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. 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, Analysis, and 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:// www.fe.doe.gov/programs/ gasregulation/index.html. E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 65394 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 200 / Thursday, October 15, 2020 / Notices Signed in Washington, DC, on October 9, 2020. Amy Sweeney, Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy. [FR Doc. 2020–22873 Filed 10–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Idaho Cleanup Project Office of Environmental Management, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of cancellation of open in-person/virtual hybrid meeting. AGENCY: On October 1, 2020, the Department of Energy published a notice of open meeting announcing an in-person/virtual hybrid meeting on October 22, 2020, of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Idaho Cleanup Project. This notice announces the cancellation of this in-person/virtual hybrid meeting. DATES: The in-person/virtual hybrid meeting scheduled for October 22, 2020, announced in the October 1, 2020, issue of the Federal Register (FR Doc. 2020– 21743, 85 FR 61941), is cancelled. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Miller, Federal Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, MS–1203, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415. Phone (208) 526–5709; or email: millerdc@id.doe.gov or visit the Board’s internet home page at: https:// www.energy.gov/em/icpcab/. SUMMARY: Signed in Washington, DC, on October 9, 2020. LaTanya Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–22796 Filed 10–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6405–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP20–527–000] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC; Notice of Application and Establishing Intervention Deadline Take notice that on September 24, 2020, Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC (Columbia Gulf), 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 700, Houston, TX 77002–2700, filed an application under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and Part 157 of the Commission’s regulations requesting authorization of its East VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Oct 14, 2020 Jkt 253001 Lateral XPress Project (Project). The Project consists of the construction: (i) Two new compressor stations, (ii) a new point of delivery meter station, (iii) approximately 8 miles of new 30-inchdiameter natural gas pipeline lateral, (iv) two new mainline valves, a tie-in facility, launcher and receiver facilities, and other auxiliary appurtenant facilities all located in St. Mary, Lafourche, Jefferson, and Plaquemines Parishes, Louisiana. The Project will create 183,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of incremental capacity. The incremental capacity created by the Project, in conjunction with the utilization of existing capacity, will allow for open access firm transportation service on approximately 725,000 Dth/d on Columbia Gulf’s East Lateral. Columbia Gulf estimates the total cost of the Project to be $363,898,548 and proposes a new incremental recourse rate to apply to the Project capacity, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open for public inspection. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http:// ferc.gov) using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room, due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions regarding the proposed project should be directed to Alexander Kass, Legal Counsel, Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 700, Houston, Texas, by phone at (832) 320–5226, or by email at alexander_kass@tcenergy.com. Pursuant to Section 157.9 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure,1 within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: Complete its environmental review and place it into the Commission’s public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of 1 18 PO 00000 CFR 157.9. Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or environmental assessment (EA) for this proposal. The filing of an EA in the Commission’s public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s FEIS or EA. Public Participation There are two ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project: You can file comments on the project, and you can file a motion to intervene in the proceeding. There is no fee or cost for filing comments or intervening. The deadline for filing a motion to intervene is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 29, 2020. Comments Any person wishing to comment on the project may do so. Comments may include statements of support or objections to the project as a whole or specific aspects of the project. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please submit your comments on or before October 29, 2020. There are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the Project docket number CP20–527–000 in your submission. (1) You may file your comments electronically by using the eComment feature, which is located on the Commission’s website at www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. Using eComment is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You may file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on eRegister. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 200 (Thursday, October 15, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[FE Docket No. 12-156-LNG]


Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC; Application To Amend Export Term 
Through December 31, 2050, for Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement 
Authorization

AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of application.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy 
(DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), 
filed on October 2, 2020, by Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC (Golden Pass 
LNG). Golden Pass LNG seeks to amend the export term set forth in its 
current authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free 
trade agreement countries, DOE/FE Order No. 3978, as amended, to a term 
ending on December 31, 2050. Golden Pass LNG filed the Application 
under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and DOE's policy statement entitled, 
``Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade 
Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050'' (Policy Statement). 
Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written 
comments on the requested term extension 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, October 30, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Electronic Filing by email: [email protected].
    Regular Mail: U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of 
Regulation, Analysis, and 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, 
Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 
Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Beverly Howard or Amy Sweeney, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), 
Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil 
Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9387; (202) 586-2627, 
[email protected] or [email protected].
    Cassandra Bernstein or Edward Toyozaki, U.S. Department of Energy 
(GC-76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and 
Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 6D-033, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9793; (202) 586-0126, 
[email protected] or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 25, 2017, in Order No. 3978, DOE/FE 
authorized Golden Pass LNG (then Golden Pass Products, LLC) to export 
domestically produced LNG in a volume equivalent to 808 billion cubic 
feet per year of natural gas, pursuant to NGA section 3(a), 15 U.S.C. 
717b(a).\1\ Golden Pass LNG is authorized to export this LNG by vessel 
from the Golden Pass LNG Terminal--which is currently under 
construction in Sabine Pass, Texas--to any country with which the 
United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) 
requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which 
trade is not

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prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries) for a 20-year 
term. In the Application,\2\ Golden Pass LNG asks DOE to extend its 
current export term to a term ending on December 31, 2050, as provided 
in the Policy Statement.\3\ Additional details can be found in the 
Application, posted on the DOE/FE website at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2020/10/f79/FE12-156-LNG%20GPLNG%20Term%20Extension%20Application%20FINAL10-2-20.pdf.
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    \1\ Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC, DOE/FE Order No. 3978, FE 
Docket No. 12-156-LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term, Multi-
Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel 
from the Golden Pass LNG Terminal Located in Jefferson County, 
Texas, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Apr. 25, 2017), reh'g 
denied, DOE/FE Order No. 3978-A (Mar. 30, 2018), amended by DOE/FE 
Order No. 3978-B (Mar. 4, 2020) (transferring authorization from 
Golden Pass Products LLC to Golden Pass LNG), DOE/FE Order No. 3978-
C (Mar. 24, 2020) (extending export commencement deadline).
    \2\ Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC, Application to Amend Export 
Term for Existing Long-Term Authorization Through December 31, 2050, 
FE Docket Nos. 12-156-LNG and 12-88-LNG (Oct. 2, 2020). Golden Pass 
LNG's request regarding its FTA authorization is not subject to this 
Notice. See 15 U.S.C. 717b(c).
    \3\ U.S. Dep't of Energy, Extending Natural Gas Export 
Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the 
Year 2050; Notice of Final Policy Statement and Response to 
Comments, 85 FR 52237 (Aug. 25, 2020) [hereinafter Policy 
Statement].
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DOE/FE Evaluation

    In the Policy Statement, DOE adopted a term through December 31, 
2050 (inclusive of any make-up period), as the standard export term for 
long-term non-FTA authorizations.\4\ As the basis for its decision, DOE 
considered its obligations under NGA section 3(a), the public comments 
supporting and opposing the proposed Policy Statement, and a wide range 
of information bearing on the public interest.\5\ DOE explained that, 
upon receipt of an application under the Policy Statement, it would 
conduct a public interest analysis of the application under NGA section 
3(a). DOE further stated that ``the public interest analysis will be 
limited to the application for the term extension--meaning an 
intervenor or protestor may challenge the requested extension but not 
the existing non-FTA order.'' \6\
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    \4\ See id., 85 FR 52247.
    \5\ See id., 85 FR 52247.
    \6\ Id., 85 FR 52247.
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    Accordingly, in reviewing Golden Pass LNG's Application, DOE/FE 
will consider any issues required by law or policy under NGA section 
3(a), as informed by the Policy Statement. To the extent appropriate, 
DOE will consider the study entitled, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market 
Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study),\7\ DOE's 
response to public comments received on that Study,\8\ and the 
following environmental documents:
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    \7\ See NERA Economic Consulting, Macroeconomic Outcomes of 
Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (June 7, 2018), 
available at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/06/f52/Macroeconomic%20LNG%20Export%20Study%202018.pdf.
    \8\ U.S. Dep't of Energy, Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG 
Exports: Response to Comments Received on Study; Notice of Response 
to Comments, 83 FR 67251 (Dec. 28, 2018).
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     Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning 
Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 
2014); \9\
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    \9\ The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/draft-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); \10\ and
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    \10\ The 2014 Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: 
http://energy.gov/fe/life-cycle-greenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefied-natural-gas-united-states.
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     Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting 
Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 Update, 84 FR 49278 
(Sept. 19, 2019), and DOE/FE's response to public comments received on 
that study.\11\
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    \11\ U.S. Dep't of Energy, Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective 
on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 
Update--Response to Comments, 85 FR 72 (Jan. 2, 2020). The 2019 
Update and related documents are available at: https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket/index/21.

Parties that may oppose the Application should address these issues and 
documents 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., 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, addressing the Application. Interested parties will be 
provided 15 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which 
to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of 
intervention. The public previously was given an opportunity to 
intervene in, protest, and comment on Golden Pass LNG's long-term non-
FTA application. Therefore, DOE will not consider comments or protests 
that do not bear directly on the requested term extension.
    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 [email protected], with FE Docket No. 12-156-LNG 
in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of 
the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and 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, Analysis, 
and Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must 
include a reference to FE Docket No. 12-156-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. 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, Analysis, and 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://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/gasregulation/index.html.


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    Signed in Washington, DC, on October 9, 2020.
Amy Sweeney,
Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of 
Fossil Energy.
[FR Doc. 2020-22873 Filed 10-14-20; 8:45 am]
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