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The LNG industry in Texas is subject to the oversight of several federal and state agencies involved in regulating air and water resources. Freeport LNG has received permits from and is cooperating with the following agencies to ensure that its construction and operations are compliant with relevant laws and regulations.
   
  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.

For more information regarding Freeport LNG Development, L.P.’s FERC Application and Final Environmental Impact Statement, please go to the FERC website and enter Docket No.: CP03-75-000.

For more information regarding Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P.’s FERC filings, enter Docket No.: CP05-361-000. Call 1-800-303-6545 for more information.

FERC website
   
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state. The TCEQ has approximately 2,980 employees, 16 regional offices, and a $539.1 million operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year (including both baseline and contingency appropriations). The TCEQ strives to protect the state's human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. The agency's goal is clean air, clean water and the safe management of waste.

For more information regarding Freeport LNG’s filings, please go to the TCEQ website and note the following: Customer Reference No. CN601720345 & Regulated Entity No. RN103196689 & Air Quality Permit No. 55464.

TCEQ website

   
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of approximately 34,600 civilian and 650 military members. Its military and civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists work hand in hand as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. Its diverse workforce of biologists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, natural resource managers and other professionals meets the demands of changing times and requirements as a vital part of America's Army.

The USACE’s mission is to provide quality, responsive engineering services to the nation including:
Planning, designing, building and operating water resources and other civil works projects (navigation, flood control, environmental protection, disaster response, etc.)
Designing and managing the construction of military facilities for the Army and Air Force (military construction)
Providing design and construction management support for other defense and federal agencies (interagency and international services)
   
The Railroad Commission of Texas
The Railroad Commission of Texas was established in 1891 under a constitutional and legislative mandate to prevent discrimination in railroad charges and establish reasonable tariffs. It is the oldest regulatory agency in the state and one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. The Railroad Commission has several regulatory divisions that oversee the Texas oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry and the surface mining of coal and uranium.

Freeport LNG has received the permits required by the RRC to construct an underground natural gas storage facility at Stratton Ridge, Texas, near the custody transfer point of Freeport LNG’s pipeline.

For more information regarding the RRC and Freeport LNG’s filings with this agency, please visit the RRC website and note the following information: Operator No. 285141 & Well Permit Nos. 605591, 605592, 605593.

RRC website

   
The United States Coast Guard (USCG)
 
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a military, multi-mission, maritime service and one of the nation’s five armed services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, homeland security and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters or in any maritime region as required to support national security.

Freeport LNG is working closely with the USCG to establish key operational and maritime security parameters for operation of its LNG facility.

USCG website
   
  The United States Department of Transportation
 
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates the transportation of natural gas by pipeline and certain components of LNG terminal facilities. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is the federal safety authority for the nation's 2.3 million miles of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. OPS supplies information regarding pipeline regulations, proposed and final rulemakings, pipeline statistics, Common Ground Alliance and One Call programs, request procedures under Freedom of Information Act guidelines, reports on major pipeline accidents/incidents and corrective action orders, pipeline mapping systems information, training and publications, and an online library of pipeline safety forms and public information files.

USDOT website