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Download as PDF 56258 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices Center, Valley City, ND Contracting Activity: DLA MARITIME— PUGET SOUND, BREMERTON, WA Service(s) Service Type: Mailroom Operation Mandatory for: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: 1910 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX Designated Source of Supply: Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Dallas, TX Contracting Activity: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF, DEPT OF HHS Service Type: Property Management Services Mandatory for: National Park Service, Horace M. Albright Training Center, Grand Canyon, AZ 1 Albright Avenue, Grand Canyon, AZ Designated Source of Supply: Trace, Inc., Boise, ID Contracting Activity: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, WASO WCP CONTRACTING Michael R. Jurkowski, Acting Director, Business Operations. [FR Doc. 2021–22060 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2021–SCC–0144] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for New Grants Under the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 8, 2021. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Find this information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. Comments may also be sent to ICDocketmgr@ed.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Carmen Gordon, 202–453–7311. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Application for New Grants Under the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. OMB Control Number: 1840–0619. Type of Review: A reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 357. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 14,247. Abstract: The Department of Education is requesting a reinstatement with change of the application for grants under the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement (McNair) Program. The Department is requesting a reinstatement with change because the previous McNair application expired in December 2019 and the application will be needed for a Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 competition for new awards. The Department expects an increase in respondents for the FY 2022 competition for new awards. This collection is being submitted under the Streamlined Clearance Process for Discretionary Grant Information Collections (1894–0001). Therefore, the 30-day public comment period notice will be the only public PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment notice published for this information collection. Dated: October 5, 2021. Kate Mullan, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2021–22000 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [Docket No. 21–98–LNG] Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P.; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC; Application for Long-Term Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an Application (Application), filed on September 10, 2021, by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P.; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (collectively, FLEX). FLEX requests authority to engage in additional long-term, multicontract exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a volume equivalent to 88 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas from the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project (the Liquefaction Project) at the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas, to non-free trade agreement countries. FLEX filed the Application under the Natural Gas Act (NGA). DATES: Protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention, as applicable, and written comments are to be filed electronically as detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, December 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: Electronic Filing by email: fergas@ hq.doe.gov. Although DOE has routinely accepted public comment submissions through a variety of mechanisms, including postal mail and hand delivery/courier, DOE has found it necessary to make temporary modifications to the comment submission process in light of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 the ongoing Covid–19 pandemic. DOE is currently accepting only electronic submissions at this time. If a commenter finds that this change poses an undue hardship, please contact Office of Resource Sustainability staff at (202) 586–2627 or (202) 586–4749 to discuss the need for alternative arrangements. Once the Covid–19 pandemic health emergency is resolved, DOE anticipates resuming all of its regular options for public comment submission, including postal mail and hand delivery/courier. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sweeney or Jennifer Wade, U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, 1 Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Resource Sustainability, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586– 2627; (202) 586–4749, amy.sweeney@ hq.doe.gov or jennifer.wade@ hq.doe.gov Cassandra Bernstein, 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, cassandra.bernstein@ hq.doe.gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, in Docket Nos. 10–161–LNG,2 11–161– LNG,3 and 16–108–LNG,4 FLEX is authorized to export domestically produced LNG from the Liquefaction Project in a total combined volume equivalent to 782 Bcf/yr of natural gas 1 The Office of Fossil Energy changed its name to the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management on July 4, 2021. 2 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., et al., DOE/FE Order No. 3282–C, Docket No. 10–161–LNG, Final Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term MultiContract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Nov. 14, 2014), amended by DOE/FE Order No. 3282–D (Oct. 21, 2020) (extending export term). 3 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., et al., DOE/FE Order No. 3357–B, Docket No. 11–161–LNG, Final Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term MultiContract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Nov. 14, 2014), reh’g denied DOE/FE Order No. 3357–C (Dec. 4, 2015), amended by DOE/FE Order No. 3357–D (Oct. 21, 2020) (extending export term). 4 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., et al., DOE/FE Order No. 3957, Docket No. 16–108–LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Dec. 19, 2016), amended by DOE/FE Order No. 3957–A (Oct. 21, 2020) (extending export term). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 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 prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries), through December 31, 2050, pursuant to NGA section 3(a), 15 U.S.C. 717b(a).5 In this Application filed in Docket No. 21– 98–LNG, FLEX requests long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG in an additional volume of 88 Bcf/ yr from the Liquefaction Project. FLEX states that this Application, if granted, would increase its non-FTA exports from the Liquefaction Project from a total of 782 Bcf/yr to 870 Bcf/yr of natural gas. FLEX further states that, on June 29, 2021, it filed an application at FERC (FERC Docket No. CP21–470–000) requesting authorization to increase the Liquefaction Project’s authorized maximum LNG production capacity from 782 Bcf/yr to approximately 870 Bcf/yr. FLEX states the instant Application seeks to align FLEX’s export authority to non-FTA countries with the liquefaction production capacity requested in its pending FERC application. FLEX 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. Additional details can be found in FLEX’s Application, posted on the DOE website at: www.energy.gov/ sites/default/files/2021-09/21-98LNG.pdf. DOE Evaluation In reviewing FLEX’s Application, DOE will consider any issues required by law or policy. DOE will consider domestic need for the natural gas, as well as any other issues determined to be appropriate, including whether the arrangement 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 study entitled, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study),6 and 5 FLEX notes that, in Docket Nos. 10–160–LNG and 12–06–LNG, it is authorized to export LNG from the Liquefaction Project to FTA countries in a volume equivalent to 1,022 Bcf/yr of natural gas. FLEX’s FTA exports are not at issue here. 6 See NERA Economic Consulting, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (June 7, 2018), available at: www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/06/f52/ Macroeconomic%20LNG%20Export%20Study% 202018.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56259 DOE’s response to public comments received on that Study.7 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); 8 • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014); 9 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’s response to public comments received on that study.10 Parties that may oppose this Application should address these issues and documents in their comments and 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. Interested parties 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 7 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). 8 The Addendum and related documents are available at: https://energy.gov/fe/draft-addendumenvironmental-review-documents-concerningexports-natural-gas-united-states. 9 The 2014 Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: https://energy.gov/fe/life-cyclegreenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefiednatural-gas-united-states. 10 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. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 56260 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices 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. As noted, DOE is only accepting electronic submissions at this time. Please email the filing to fergas@ hq.doe.gov. All filings must include a reference to ‘‘Docket No. 21–98–LNG’’ or ‘‘Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. et al. Application’’ in the title line. Please Note: 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. The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene, notices of interventions, and comments will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE web address: https:// www.energy.gov/fecm/division-naturalgas-regulation. 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. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Signed in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2021. Amy Sweeney, Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Resource Sustainability. [FR Doc. 2021–22018 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP21–499–000] Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization and Establishing Intervention and Protest Deadline Take notice that on September 23, 2021, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 1300, Houston, Texas 77002–2700, filed in the above referenced docket, a prior notice pursuant to sections 157.205, 157.208 and 157.216 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulations under the Natural Gas Act, requesting authorization to replace a portion of its existing line 1485 consisting of approximately 1.78 miles of 20-inch diameter bare steel pipeline, to replace launcher and receiver facilities, located in Allegheny and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania (Line 1485 Replacement Project). Columbia proposes to replace the facilities under authorities granted by its blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP82–480–000.1 The proposed replacement will have no impact on Colombia’s existing customers or affect its existing storage operations. The estimated cost for the Project is approximately $23.3 million, all as more fully set forth in the request which is on file with the Commission and open to 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 (https:// 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 concerning this application should be directed to David A. Alonzo, Manager Project Authorizations, Columbia Gas 1 Michigan Wisconsin Pipe Line Company, 20 FERC ¶ 62,595 (1982). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Transmission, LLC, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 1300, Houston, Texas 77002–2700, or by phone at 832.320.5477, or by email at David_ alonzo@tcenergy.com. Pursuant to Section 157.9 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure,2 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 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 three ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project: You can file a protest to the project, you can file a motion to intervene in the proceeding, and you can file comments on the project. There is no fee or cost for filing protests, motions to intervene, or comments. The deadline for filing protests, motions to intervene, and comments is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 3, 2021. How to file protests, motions to intervene, and comments is explained below. Protests Pursuant to section 157.205 of the Commission’s regulations under the NGA,3 any person 4 or the Commission’s staff may file a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed or if a protest is filed and then withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the time allowed for filing a protest, the instant request for 2 18 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 157.9. CFR 157.205. 4 Persons include individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and other entities. 18 CFR 385.102(d). 3 18 E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 193 (Friday, October 8, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[Docket No. 21-98-LNG]


Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P.; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG 
Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC; Application for 
Long-Term Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free 
Trade Agreement Nations

AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notice of application.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) of 
the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an 
Application (Application), filed on September 10, 2021, by Freeport LNG 
Expansion, L.P.; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and 
FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (collectively, FLEX). FLEX requests authority 
to engage in additional long-term, multi-contract exports of 
domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a volume 
equivalent to 88 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas 
from the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project (the Liquefaction Project) 
at the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas, 
to non-free trade agreement countries. FLEX filed the Application under 
the Natural Gas Act (NGA).

DATES: Protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention, as 
applicable, and written comments are to be filed electronically as 
detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 
p.m., Eastern time, December 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: 
    Electronic Filing by email: [email protected].
    Although DOE has routinely accepted public comment submissions 
through a variety of mechanisms, including postal mail and hand 
delivery/courier, DOE has found it necessary to make temporary 
modifications to the comment submission process in light of

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the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. DOE is currently accepting only 
electronic submissions at this time. If a commenter finds that this 
change poses an undue hardship, please contact Office of Resource 
Sustainability staff at (202) 586-2627 or (202) 586-4749 to discuss the 
need for alternative arrangements. Once the Covid-19 pandemic health 
emergency is resolved, DOE anticipates resuming all of its regular 
options for public comment submission, including postal mail and hand 
delivery/courier.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

Amy Sweeney or Jennifer Wade, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office 
of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, \1\ Office of Regulation, 
Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Resource Sustainability, Forrestal 
Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20585, (202) 586-2627; (202) 586-4749, [email protected] or 
[email protected]
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    \1\ The Office of Fossil Energy changed its name to the Office 
of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management on July 4, 2021.
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Cassandra Bernstein, 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, [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, in Docket Nos. 10-161-LNG,\2\ 11-
161-LNG,\3\ and 16-108-LNG,\4\ FLEX is authorized to export 
domestically produced LNG from the Liquefaction Project in a total 
combined volume equivalent to 782 Bcf/yr of natural gas 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 prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA 
countries), through December 31, 2050, pursuant to NGA section 3(a), 15 
U.S.C. 717b(a).\5\ In this Application filed in Docket No. 21-98-LNG, 
FLEX requests long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG in 
an additional volume of 88 Bcf/yr from the Liquefaction Project. FLEX 
states that this Application, if granted, would increase its non-FTA 
exports from the Liquefaction Project from a total of 782 Bcf/yr to 870 
Bcf/yr of natural gas.
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    \2\ Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., et al., DOE/FE Order No. 3282-
C, Docket No. 10-161-LNG, Final Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term 
Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by 
Vessel from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, to 
Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Nov. 14, 2014), amended by DOE/FE 
Order No. 3282-D (Oct. 21, 2020) (extending export term).
    \3\ Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., et al., DOE/FE Order No. 3357-
B, Docket No. 11-161-LNG, Final Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term 
Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by 
Vessel from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, to 
Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Nov. 14, 2014), reh'g denied DOE/
FE Order No. 3357-C (Dec. 4, 2015), amended by DOE/FE Order No. 
3357-D (Oct. 21, 2020) (extending export term).
    \4\ Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., et al., DOE/FE Order No. 3957, 
Docket No. 16-108-LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term, Multi-
Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel 
from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, to Non-
Free Trade Agreement Nations (Dec. 19, 2016), amended by DOE/FE 
Order No. 3957-A (Oct. 21, 2020) (extending export term).
    \5\ FLEX notes that, in Docket Nos. 10-160-LNG and 12-06-LNG, it 
is authorized to export LNG from the Liquefaction Project to FTA 
countries in a volume equivalent to 1,022 Bcf/yr of natural gas. 
FLEX's FTA exports are not at issue here.
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    FLEX further states that, on June 29, 2021, it filed an application 
at FERC (FERC Docket No. CP21-470-000) requesting authorization to 
increase the Liquefaction Project's authorized maximum LNG production 
capacity from 782 Bcf/yr to approximately 870 Bcf/yr. FLEX states the 
instant Application seeks to align FLEX's export authority to non-FTA 
countries with the liquefaction production capacity requested in its 
pending FERC application.
    FLEX 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. 
Additional details can be found in FLEX's Application, posted on the 
DOE website at: www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-09/21-98-LNG.pdf.

DOE Evaluation

    In reviewing FLEX's Application, DOE will consider any issues 
required by law or policy. DOE will consider domestic need for the 
natural gas, as well as any other issues determined to be appropriate, 
including whether the arrangement 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 study entitled, Macroeconomic Outcomes 
of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export 
Study),\6\ and DOE's response to public comments received on that 
Study.\7\
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    \6\ See NERA Economic Consulting, Macroeconomic Outcomes of 
Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (June 7, 2018), 
available at: www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/06/f52/Macroeconomic%20LNG%20Export%20Study%202018.pdf.
    \7\ 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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    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); \8\
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     Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting 
Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 
2014); \9\ and
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https://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's response to public comments received on 
that study.\10\
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    \10\ 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.
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    Parties that may oppose this Application should address these 
issues and documents in their comments and 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. Interested parties 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

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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.
    As noted, DOE is only accepting electronic submissions at this 
time. Please email the filing to [email protected]. All filings must 
include a reference to ``Docket No. 21-98-LNG'' or ``Freeport LNG 
Expansion, L.P. et al. Application'' in the title line.
    Please Note: 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.
    The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene, 
notices of interventions, and comments will also be available 
electronically by going to the following DOE web address: https://www.energy.gov/fecm/division-natural-gas-regulation.
    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.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2021.
Amy Sweeney,
Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of 
Resource Sustainability.
[FR Doc. 2021-22018 Filed 10-7-21; 8:45 am]
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