FERC releases impact statement on Cameron LNG

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 1, 2014 at 5:35 am •  Published: May 1, 2014

CAMERON, La. (AP) — A proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Cameron Parish would not significantly damage the environment, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff said Wednesday. The conclusion also applies to 21 miles of pipeline and associated facilities proposed for Cameron, Calcasieu, and Beauregard parishes.

The project has adequate plans to compensate for filling in 213 acres of wetlands, according to an environmental impact study released Wednesday. It says those include using dredged material to turn an area of open water to brackish marsh and buying credits from approved mitigation banks.

The report by FERC environmental staffers concluded that construction and operation won't affect any of the eight threatened or endangered species in the area, though it said surveys for the red-cockaded woodpecker should be updated within a year before construction.

Cameron LNG LLC and Cameron Interstate Pipeline LLC have included adequate safety features in their plans, it said.

And it said the firms plan to avoid disturbing the beds of sensitive and major water bodies by drilling horizontally underneath them for its 42-inch pipeline.