[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 196 (Thursday, October 9, 2014)]
[Pages 61066-61067]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-24129]



[FE Docket No. 14-119-LNG]

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.; Application for Blanket Authorization To 
Export Previously Imported Liquefied Natural Gas on a Short-Term Basis

AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of application.


SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy 
(DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on 
August 27, 2014, by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron), requesting blanket 
authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) previously imported 
into the United States from foreign sources in an amount up to the 
equivalent of 72 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas on a short-
term or spot market basis for a two-year period commencing on December 
8, 2014.\1\ The LNG would be exported from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal 
owned by Sabine Pass LNG, L.P., in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, to any 
country with the capacity to import LNG via ocean-going carrier and 
with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy. Chevron 
states that it has contracted for 1.0 Bcf/day of terminal capacity from 
Sabine Pass LNG, L.P., for an initial term of 20 years that will expire 
June 30, 2029, with the option to extend the term. Chevron states that 
it does not seek authorization to export domestically-produced natural 
gas supplies, and notes that it currently holds a blanket authorization 
to import LNG from various international sources by vessel in an amount 
up to the equivalent of 800 Bcf of natural gas.\2\ The Application was 
filed under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details 
can be found in Chevron's Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site 
at: http://energy.gov/fe/downloads/chevron-usa-inc-14-119-lng. 
Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written 
comments are invited.

    \1\ Chevron's current blanket authorization to export previously 
imported LNG, granted in DOE/FE Order No. 3221 on January 4, 2013, 
extends through December 7, 2014.
    \2\ Chevron U.S.A. Inc., DOE/FE Order No. 3454, FE Docket No. 
14-68-LNG, Order Granting Blanket Authorization to Import Liquefied 
Natural Gas from Various International Sources by Vessel (July 3, 

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, November 10, 


Electronic Filing by email

[email protected].

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Regular Mail

U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Oil and Gas Global 
Security and Supply, 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 Oil and Gas Global 
Security and Supply, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 
3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

Larine Moore or Beverly Howard, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), 
Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Fossil 
Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478; (202) 586-9387.

Cassandra Bernstein, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Assistant 
General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 
1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9793.


DOE/FE Evaluation

    The Application will be reviewed pursuant to section 3 of the NGA, 
as amended, and the authority contained in DOE Delegation Order No. 00-
002.00N (July 11, 2013) and DOE Redelegation Order No. 00-002.04F (July 
11, 2013). In reviewing this LNG export application, DOE will consider 
domestic need for the 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. 
Parties that may oppose this application should comment in their 
responses on these issues.
    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4231, 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 NEPA 

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. 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. 14-119-LNG 
in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of 
the filing to the Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply at 
the address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and 
three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Oil and Gas Global 
Supply at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must include a 
reference to FE Docket No. 14-119-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. 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.
    The Application is available for inspection and copying in the 
Division of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities 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.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2014.
John A. Anderson,
Director, Division of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities, Office of Oil 
and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Oil and Natural Gas.
[FR Doc. 2014-24129 Filed 10-8-14; 8:45 am]