FERC staff issues Final Environmental Impact Statement on Creole Trail LNG Terminal and Pipeline

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May 5, 2006

FERC staff prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Creole Trail LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project (Creole Trail Project), as proposed by Creole Trail LNG, L.P. and Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline Company (collectively referred to as Creole Trail).

The project includes construction and operation of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana; 116.8 miles of dual 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Louisiana; 17 meter and regulation facilities; and other associated aboveground facilities.

FERC's environmental staff concludes that the Creole Trail Project with appropriate mitigating measures, as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) cooperated in the preparation of the final EIS.

Staff concludes the project would be environmentally acceptable action (with appropriate mitigation) because:

  • The LNG terminal facility would make use of a site previously used for a dredge material placement area.
  • The LNG terminal facility would be located in a remote area with access to a deep water federal navigation channel.
  • Materials to be dredged from the marine basin and tugboat dock areas would be put to beneficial use.
  • Creole Trail would implement the FERC staff's Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation and Maintenance Plan and Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures to mitigate impacts on soils, wetlands, and waterbodies.
  • Creole Trail would implement an approved Aquatic Resources Mitigation Plan to minimize and mitigate for impacts on wetlands, Essential Fish Habitat, and oyster fisheries.
  • Creole Trail has routed the pipeline to avoid placement of the construction work areas near most residences and would implement site-specific mitigation where construction work areas are within 25 feet of any residences.
  • Appropriate consultations with the COE, FWS, NOAA Fisheries, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Coastal Management Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources would be completed before Creole Trail would be allowed to begin construction.
  • Appropriate safety features would be incorporated into the design and operation of the LNG import terminal and LNG vessels.
  • Operational controls would be imposed by the local pilots and Coast Guard to direct the movement of LNG ships, and the security provisions to deter attacks by potential terrorists.
  • An environmental inspection and mitigation monitoring program would be implemented to ensure compliance with all mitigation measures that become conditions of any FERC authorization.

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