15 February 2005 22:51 [Source: ICIS news]
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Mark Robinson, director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, reaffirmed his view that FERC maintains final authority over whether a new LNG terminal can be built. ?xml:namespace>
But at a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, he also sought to placate concerns voiced by local and state officials who want to retain their right to halt projects that don’t meet safety standards or face strong public opposition. In a comment that seemed to further muddy the waters, Robinson said final jurisdiction is with FERC, but insisted local authorities can still halt a project if standard
“Yes, I do believe we have exclusive jurisdiction,” Robinson said. “But that in no way means the state doesn’t have a role to take whatever action they want to protect their coastline.”
Robinson faced strong criticism today from the mayor of
David Cicilline, mayor of
A sponsor of a major LNG project at
Tom Giles, chief executive of Mitsubishi’s Sound Energy Solutions, warned the Senate panel that an ongoing dispute with
Senator Pete Domenici (Republican-New Mexico), committee chairman, provided further backing for a streamlined proces
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