Project Updates
Updates for the week of April 8, 2024
The EPA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. Photo by B-codestudio.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Coastal use application for proposed ammonia plant west of New Orleans open for comment

On April 1, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources announced it is accepting comments on St. Charles Clean Fuel’s coastal use permit application to construct the proposed 230-acre St. Rose Blue Ammonia plant along the Mississippi River west of New Orleans. The plant would be able to produce up to 2.92 million metric tons of ammonia every year for use as fertilizer or fuel, which would be stored and exported from the neighboring International Matex Tank Terminal. Comments can be submitted here until April 26, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit proposed for natural gas liquids fractionators at Energy Transfer complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas

On April 2, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it had issued an initial draft operating permit for Energy Transfer’s natural gas liquids fractionators VI and VIII at the company's Mont Belvieu Complex in Chambers County, Texas. TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until at least May 2, 2024. Please see the public notice and statement of basis for more information.

Preliminary draft wastewater discharge permit proposed for Nutrien fertilizer plant in Kenai, Alaska

On March 28, 2024, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) proposed a preliminary draft wastewater discharge permit renewal for Nutrien’s Kenai Nitrogen Operations near Nikiski, Alaska. The Kenai Nitrogen Operations facility could produce nearly 2 million metric tons of urea and ammonia at the time of closure in 2007, and Nutrien has been trying to re-start the facility since 2013. If approved, this permit would authorize discharges of stormwater and wastewater into Cook Inlet. ADEC is accepting comments from the applicant on the preliminary draft permit until April 10, 2024. After the preliminary review period for the applicant, ADEC will release a draft permit for a 30-day public comment period. Please see the public notice for more information.

Construction Updates:

Parts of Ohio Valley Connector Expansion pipeline project begin operating

Portions of Equitrans’ Ohio Valley Connector Expansion Project in Ohio and West Virginia began operating on March 27, 2024. The project involves construction and expansion of compressor stations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and construction of 5.5 miles of new pipeline. The project takes fracked gas from the central Appalachian Basin to pipelines that send gas to the Midwest and Gulf Coast.  The Pennsylvania portions of the project still need to be completed.

Construction begins on Three Rivers Interconnection gas pipeline project in Illinois

On March 28, 2024, construction began on the Three Rivers Interconnection Project, a new 2.9 mile-long pipeline in Grundy County, Illinois. The project connects Alliance’s existing pipeline system to the Competitive Power Ventures 1,250-megawatt natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power generation facility.

Enterprise receives permit for Sea Port Oil Terminal off Texas Gulf Coast

On April 8, 2024, the Maritime Administration granted Enterprise a license to build and operate an offshore oil export terminal off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas. A federal appeals court had previously allowed the project to move ahead when it denied a petition by environmental groups to review the U.S. Department of Transportation. The proposed project would include an onshore storage facility and over 150 miles of pipeline.

Phillips 66 completes conversion of Rodeo Refinery northeast of San Francisco

On April 1, 2024, Phillips 66 announced that it had completed the conversion of its Rodeo crude oil refinery to produce renewable diesel. Once the plant fully ramps-up in the second quarter of 2024, it will be able to process 50,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels, including up to 20,000 barrels per day of renewable jet fuel.

EPA releases new standards for air emissions at chemical manufacturing plants

On April 9, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized stronger technology-based performance and emission standards for a subset of chemical manufacturing facilities. According to EPA, the rule will reduce hazardous air pollution by 6,200 tons per year when fully implemented. The rule will also require plants covered by the updated rule that emit benzene, 1,3-butadiene, chloroprene, ethylene oxide, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride to install and operate fenceline monitoring systems. This list outlines facilities likely to be subject to the rule.

Updates for the week of March 25, 2024

Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana, which applied on Feb. 29, 2024, to expand by adding two liquefaction units, a pipeline, and supporting infrastructure. Photo by Roy Luck.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Cheniere applies to expand Sabine Pass LNG in Cameron Parish, Louisiana

On Feb. 29, 2024, Cheniere submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Sabine Pass Stage 5 Expansion Project and the Sabine Crossing Pipeline. These proposed projects would include two liquefaction units, each with a capacity of 7 million metric tons per year, a five-mile natural gas pipeline capable of transporting 2.7 billion cubic feet per day, and supporting infrastructure. However, on March 13, 2024, part of the application pertaining to the Sabine Crossing Pipeline was withdrawn due to the need for design changes. On March 25, 2024, FERC issued a notice stating it will not begin conducting an environmental review until Cheniere resubmits its application for the pipeline. As such, public comments are not being accepted until then. Please see the public notice for more information.

Expansion proposed at Battlefield Gas Plant in northwest Louisiana

On March 11, 2024, Enterprise Products applied to expand its Battlefield Gas Plant in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Enterprise plans to increase amine treating capacity to 500 million standard cubic feet per day, bypass capacity to 185 million standard cubic feet per day, and dehydration capacity to 685 million standard cubic feet per day.

Public Comment Opportunities:

After Biden export pause, Delfin LNG requests until 2029 to begin shipping gas

On March 1, 2024, Delfin LNG LLC requested a five-year extension from the Department of Energy (DOE) to begin exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries without a free trade agreement with the U.S. (non-FTA countries) from the proposed Delfin Deepwater Port off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana. In January, the Biden Administration paused LNG exports to non-FTA countries, pending a review of the DOE's export approval process. If approved, Delfin would have until June 1, 2029, to begin exporting up to 12 million metric tons of LNG per year to non-FTA countries. Delfin LNG will be the first of 10 long-delayed LNG export terminals to test the DOE’s new policy on deadlines to begin exporting LNG. Comments can be submitted to the DOE online until April 29, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Please see the public notice for more information.

Denbury applies to build new 1.2-mile carbon dioxide pipeline through Louisiana wetlands

On March 26, 2024, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District announced that it would be accepting public comments on a permit application submitted by Denbury Gulf Coast Pipelines, LLC to install and maintain a 1.2-mile carbon dioxide pipeline. The pipeline would connect Clean Hydrogen Works' proposed Ascension Clean Energy Project to Denbury's Green Pipeline system. The pipeline project would impact approximately 11.14 acres of wetlands. Public comments on the application can be submitted until April 21, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit renewal proposed for Ineos Chocolate Bayou Olefins Unit in Texas

On March 25, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it had issued a draft operating permit renewal for Ineos’s Chocolate Bayou Olefins Unit in Brazoria County, Texas. TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until at least April 25, 2024. Please see the public notice and statement of basis for more information.

Draft operating permit renewal proposed for Pioneer Compressor Station in West Virginia

On March 27, 2024, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Quality proposed a draft operating permit for Appalachia Midstream’s Pioneer Compressor Station in Ohio County, West Virginia. The facility receives up to 250 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. The gas is compressed, dehydrated, and delivered to a nearby pipeline. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposed permit until April 26, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit proposed for Westlake Vinyls facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

On March 27, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) proposed a draft wastewater discharge permit renewal and modification for Westlake Vinyls’ VCM-E Facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. The facility manufactures polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl chloride copolymers which are used in a variety of plastic products, including drainage pipes and flooring. If approved, the permit would relax discharge limits and reduce monitoring frequencies for lead, nickel, and other pollutants. It would also reauthorize discharges of wastewater and stormwater into the Mississippi River and New River. LDEQ is accepting public comments on the draft permit until May 1, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

PSC Nitrogen applies to Corps of Engineers to build ammonia plant in Geismar, Louisiana

On April 1, 2024, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District announced that PCS Nitrogen applied to modify its wetlands permit to build a clean ammonia plant at the company’s existing fertilizer complex in Geismar, Louisiana. The revised wetlands permit would authorize construction of a river water intake structure and ship dock, a pipeline crossing, an Entergy substation, and a heavy haul road, which would impact an additional 3.16 acres of wetlands and 8.91 acres of waterbodies within the Pontchartrain and Mississippi Basins. Public comments on the application can be submitted until May 1, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Construction Updates:

Construction begins on Evangeline Pass gas pipeline expansion project

On March 3, 2024, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company commenced construction on the Evangeline Pass Expansion Project in Louisiana and Mississippi. When completed, the pipeline will transport up to 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to Venture Global’s Plaquemines LNG Export Terminal currently under construction in southeast Louisiana.

Construction permit issued for equipment upgrade Valero St. Charles Refinery in Louisiana

On March 24, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued a final construction permit to Valero for the construction of a new wet gas compressor and other equipment upgrades at the St. Charles Refinery. The project will increase potential greenhouse gas emissions at the facility by 671,534 tons per year, the equivalent of nearly 9,000 tanker trucks worth of gasoline.

Project Cypress carbon capture hub in Louisiana receives $50 million in federal funding

The Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations announced this week that it awarded Project Cypress, a proposed direct air capture facility in southwest Louisiana, $50 million. The project would capture carbon dioxide directly from the air and sequester it underground.

Updates for the week of March 25, 2024

The location of the proposed Grand Isle LNG terminal 13 miles off the Louisiana coast. The company on Feb. 28, 2024, withdrew its application to build the deepwater port.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Public meeting to be held April 25 on draft wastewater discharge permit for Venture Global’s Plaquemines LNG terminal

On March 21, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced that it will hold a public meeting on the initial draft wastewater discharge permit for Venture Global’s proposed Plaquemines LNG Terminal. Once built, the facility could process up to 24 million tons of LNG per year for export. If approved, the permit would authorize discharges of wastewater and stormwater into Lake Judge Perez and the Mississippi River. The public hearing will be held on April 25 at 6 p.m. local time at the Percy Griffin Community Center, 15577 Highway 15, Davant, LA 70040. LDEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until April 29, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public comment period extended on Texas coastal reservoir to supply water for petrochemical industry

On March 14, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a revised notice on a draft permit allowing the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority to build a dam and reservoir on the Lavaca River. If finalized, the permit would allow the river authority to impound up to 78 million gallons per year on the Lavaca River and divert up to 31.3 billion gallons of water per year to an off-channel reservoir in Jackson County. The reservoir would be located on property owned by Formosa Plastics, a plastics factory near Point Comfort with a long record of pollution violations. The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority's general manager told Inside Climate News that 98 percent of demand for water in the river basin comes from Formosa, which is planning to expand, and the City of Corpus Christi, which itself is a large water supplier to the oil, natural gas, and petrochemical industry. The TCEQ is accepting public comments on the proposed permit until April 13, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Company applies to expand natural gas storage site near Jackson, Mississippi

On March 5, 2024, Mississippi Hub LLC applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct and operate the MS Hub Capacity Expansion project. The project would involve increasing the size of two existing natural gas storage caverns by 3.87 billion cubic feet at the MS Hub Storage Facility, installing three new storage caverns, and building a new booster compressor unit. Commenters can file a motion to intervene until April 8, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

North Dakota regulator approves draft operating permit for gas compressor station

On March 13, 2024, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit renewal for Northern Border Pipeline Company’s Manning Compressor in Dunn County, North Dakota. The permit would authorize operation of the compressor and update conditions to reflect the expansion of the compressor as part of the BisonXPress Pipeline project. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed permit until April 20, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public meeting planned April 23 on proposed Lake Charles, Louisiana, methanol plant

On March 21, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality proposed a draft permit for the Lake Charles Methanol Plant in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The facility was first authorized in 2016, but after seven years of delays, the company applied for fresh construction permits. The new plant would be able to process 10,000 metric tons of methanol per day from natural gas. The agency is accepting comments on the draft permit until April 25, 2024. There will also be a public meeting regarding the proposed permit on April 23 at 6 PM at 400 Picard Rd, Sulphur, LA, 70663. Please see the public notice for more information.

Union Carbide plans to more than double wastewater discharge from Seadrift, Texas, plant

On March 19, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposed a modified draft wastewater discharge permit for Union Carbide’s Seadrift Complex. The Seadrift Complex is in Calhoun County, Texas and produces plastics and specialty chemicals, like glycols and oxide derivatives used to make antifreeze, detergents, and beauty products. If approved, the modified permit would increase daily maximum flow for a single outfall from 17 million gallons per day to 43 million gallons per day and modify several pollutant limits and monitoring requirements. TCEQ is accepting public comments on the draft permit until at least April 18, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Equistar project would reduce air emissions at Houston-area plant

On March 19, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposed a draft permit to construct two new boilers at Equistar Chemicals’ La Porte Complex in Harris County, Texas. The project would reduce emissions at the facility. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed permit at least until April 18, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit proposed for Louisiana gas processing facility

On March 20, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) proposed an initial draft wastewater discharge permit for DTM Gathering’s proposed Crossroads gas processing facility. The DeSoto Parish facility can treat and compress up to 430 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. If approved, the permit would authorize discharges of wastewater into Rambin Bayou. LDEQ is accepting public comments on the draft permit until April 19th. Please see the public notice for more information.

Company applies to renew air operating permit for Corpus Christi LNG terminal in Texas

On March 11, 2024, Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC applied to renew its air operating permit for three liquefaction trains at the Corpus Christi LNG Terminal in San Patricio County, Texas. Each train is capable of processing five million metric tons of LNG per year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments on the permit application. Please see the public notice for more information.

Construction Updates:

Next Wave Energy partners starts up ethylene-to-alkylate plant near Houston

On March 21, 2024, Next Wave Energy Partners announced it has begun operation at its ethylene-to-alkylate plant in Harris County, Texas. The plant converts up to 1.2 billion pounds per year of ethylene into alkylate, which is blended with gasoline to increase its octane rating, a measure of how much pressure the fuel can withstand before igniting.

Grand Isle LNG withdraws deepwater port application off Louisiana coast

On Feb. 28, 2024, Grand Isle LNG requested to withdraw its application to build, operate, and own a deepwater liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal 13 miles off the coast of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. If built, it would have been capable of exporting 4.2 million metric tons per year of LNG. Grand Isle LNG announced plans to build the terminal in June 2023 and expected it to be operational in 2026. The Maritime Administration, responsible for permitting of offshore facilities, canceled its review of the application on March 21, 2024. Additional information can be found in the public docket for the project.

Updates for the week of March 18, 2024

An entrance to ExxonMobil's Baytown refinery and petrochemical complex in Harris County, Texas.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Public hearing on ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant operating permit to be held May 6

On March 18, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it will hold a public hearing regarding the draft operating permit renewal for ExxonMobil’s Baytown Olefins Plant in Harris County, Texas. The facility produces ethylene, an ingredient used to make plastic. The hearing will be held May 6, 2024 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Baytown, Texas. Please see the public notice and statement of basis for more information.

Environmental assessment issued for construction ramp-up at Port Arthur LNG terminal

On March 15, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental assessment for the Port Arthur LNG Export Terminal’s Liquefaction Project Amendment. The Port Arthur LNG Terminal is a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that, if fully constructed, could produce up to 27 million tons of LNG per year. In November 2023, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Port Arthur LNG's air permit. However, in February 2024, the court withdrew that opinion and referred a question about the terminal's air emissions control technology to the Texas Supreme Court. The project remains under construction, and the Liquefaction Project Amendment would increase the peak construction workforce at the Port Arthur LNG Export Terminal from 3,000 to 6,000 personnel, implement a 24-hour-per-day construction schedule, and allow for 1,000 total on-site parking spaces. Public comments on the environmental assessment can be submitted until 5 p.m. Eastern time on April 15, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit renewal proposed for Motiva plastics plant in Port Arthur, Texas

On March 14, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposed a draft wastewater discharge permit for the Motiva Polyethylene Manufacturing Complex in Jefferson County, Texas. Motiva manufactures ethylene, polymer grade propylene, and cyclohexane – a compound produced from benzene and hydrogen that can be used to produce nylon. If finalized, the permit would reauthorize discharges of stormwater and wastewater into the Neches-Trinity Coastal Basin. TCEQ is accepting public comments on the draft permit until at least April 13, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Revised draft wastewater discharge permit proposed for Port Arthur, Texas, ethane cracker

On March 14, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposed a revised draft wastewater discharge permit for the Bayport Polymers Port Arthur Ethane Cracker in Jefferson County, Texas. The plant can produce over 1 million tons of ethylene annually. TCEQ first proposed the draft discharge permit on Dec. 6, 2023. If approved, the revised permit would reauthorize discharges of stormwater and wastewater into the Neches-Trinity Coastal Basin and Neches River Basin. TCEQ is accepting public comments on the draft permit until at least April 13. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Company applies to renew wastewater discharge permit for Southwest Louisiana plastics plant

On March 1, 2024, Westlake Polymers applied to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to renew the wastewater discharge permit for its Polyethylene Manufacturing Complex. The facility produces polyethylene pellets in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. If the application is approved, the renewed permit would reauthorize discharges of stormwater and wastewater into Bayou d'Inde.

Updates for the week of March 11, 2024

Internal Revenue Service headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, DC. The agency is holding a hearing on proposed hydrogen production tax credits on March 25. Photo by Shashi Bellamkonda.

Public Comment Opportunities:

IRS plans public hearing in DC March 25 regarding hydrogen tax credits

The Internal Revenue Service will hold a public hearing regarding proposed rules for the clean hydrogen production tax credit, known as 45V. The rules will have a significant impact on the economics and greenhouse gas emissions of hydrogen facilities. Plans to build such facilities have proliferated since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes significant incentives for hydrogen production in an effort to spur investment into the alternative fuel. For more information regarding the tax credit and proposed rules, click here. The public meeting will start at 10 a.m. ET on March 25, 2024, in the auditorium at the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Those who want to testify at the hearing or participate by phone must contact the IRS in advance; see the public notice for more information.

ExxonMobil withdraws application to drill wells at Pecan Island carbon storage site in Louisiana

On Feb. 29, 2024, ExxonMobil withdrew its application for a coastal use permit to drill two appraisal wells at the proposed Pecan Island CCS site, citing the need to review their priorities following the company’s acquisition of Denbury. It is unclear if Exxon plans to move forward with the project.

Public comment period open on construction delay for Gulf LNG terminal in Mississippi

On March 4, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company requested an extension to complete the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project in Mississippi. The project would involve the construction of a new liquefied natural gas export terminal, which would be capable of processing 10.85 million tons of LNG per year. The extension would delay the completion deadline by five years, to July 16, 2029. FERC is accepting comments on the extension request until March 19, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Company plans gas pipeline expansion in Minnesota, Wisconsin

On Feb. 16, 2024, Northern Natural Gas Company applied to construct its Northern Lights 2025 Expansion Project. The project would involve construction of 8.62 miles of new natural gas pipeline in Minnesota and Wisconsin and modifications to an existing compressor station. Commenters can file a motion to intervene until March 21, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Environmental assessment issued for proposed LNG terminal expansion near Savannah, Georgia

On March 8, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental assessment for the Elba Liquefaction Optimization Project. The project would increase total liquefaction capacity at the liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal by 400,000 metric tons per year. The export terminal, which currently has the capacity to produce 2.5 million metric tons of LNG per year, is located in Chatham County, Georgia, about five miles east of Savannah. Public comments on the environmental assessment can be submitted until April 8, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Large expansion planned at Solvay chemical plant in Augusta, Georgia

On March 6, 2024, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) announced that Solvay is planning several large expansion projects that would increase production of specialty polymers at its plant in Augusta, Georgia. EPD is accepting public comments on the application until April 5, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Expansion proposed at Targa’s Hawkeye Compressor Station in North Dakota

On March 11, 2024, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality proposed a draft construction permit for Targa’s Hawkeye Compressor Station in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The permit would authorize the addition of three new compressor engines at the facility. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted until April 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Engine replacement proposed at Smokey Compressor Station in North Dakota

On March 11, 2024, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality proposed a draft construction permit for Targa’s Little Missouri Gas Plant and Smokey Compressor Station in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The permit would authorize the replacement of one engine. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted until April 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Operating permit renewal proposed for Specialty Products facility in western West Virginia

On Feb. 9, 2024, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed a draft operating permit renewal for Specialty Products’ Institute Facility in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The facility, which is owned by DuPont, manufactures polyethylene oxide, a chemical used in pharmaceuticals, adhesives, and personal care products. The West Virginia DEP held an in-person informational meeting on March 11, 2024, and will hold a virtual public hearing on March 19, 2024. Written comments can be submitted until March 29, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit proposed for BASF/Total Olefins Complex in Port Arthur, Texas

On March 6, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that the BASF/Total Olefins Complex in Jefferson County, Texas, received a draft wastewater discharge permit. The complex manufactures ethylene, propylene, butadiene, and other petrochemicals. If approved, the permit would reauthorize discharges of stormwater and wastewater into the Neches-Trinity Coastal Basin and Neches River Basin. TCEQ is accepting public comments on the draft permit until at least April 5, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

New Projects Announced:

245Recycle plans new chemical plastics recycling facility on Texas Gulf Coast

245Recycle recently announced plans to construct a new chemical recycling facility on the Texas Gulf Coast. The plant would use pyrolysis, a process that uses heat to break down the molecular bonds in plastics to make fuels, other chemicals, or new plastics. The proposed facility would be designed to process 400 tons of post-consumer plastics every day and could begin operating by 2027.

Updates for the week of March 4, 2024

The location of Venture Global's planned Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The company requested a delay to complete construction until Feb. 21, 2025.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Venture Global requests extension to complete Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana

On Feb. 22, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that Venture Global requested an extension to complete the Calcasieu Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Although the 12-million-metric-ton-per-year LNG export terminal began commissioning over two years ago, Venture Global states that there have been issues with the terminal's heat recovery steam generators and asked to delay the completion deadline until Feb. 21, 2025. FERC is accepting comments on the extension request until 5 p.m. ET on March 8, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public meeting to be held April 11 on permit renewal for Houston-area petrochemical plant

On Feb. 27, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced it will hold a public meeting on a draft operating permit renewal for TPC Group’s Houston Plant in Harris County, Texas. The Houston Plant produces petrochemicals used to make products like synthetic rubbers, fuel additives, and plastics. The public hearing will be held on April 11, 2024, at 7 p.m. local time at 2950 Broadway St. in Houston, Texas. Written comments on the draft operating permit can be submitted until April 11. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit proposed and public meeting scheduled April 18 on Corpus Christi, Texas, desalination plant water permit

On Feb. 29, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced a public meeting will be held regarding a draft wastewater discharge permit proposed for the Inner Harbor Desalination Plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. The permit would allow discharges of up to 51.5 million gallons of wastewater per day into the Inner Harbor Ship Channel. The public meeting will be held on April 18 at 7 p.m. local time at 1901 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, Texas, and written comments on the draft permit can be submitted until April 18 as well. Please see the public notice for more information.

Dow submits request to monitor wastewater outflow less often at plant near Galveston, Texas

On Feb. 26, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced Dow had applied to renew and amend the wastewater discharge permit for its Texas City Complex in Galveston County, Texas.  If approved, the renewed permit would reauthorize discharge into Moses Lake and reduce wastewater monitoring frequency. TCEQ is currently accepting comments on the application. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Cheniere applies to expand Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana

On Feb. 29, 2024, Cheniere Energy applied for a permit to build the proposed Stage 5 Expansion Project at its Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The project would involve construction of two additional natural gas liquefaction units, increasing the export terminal’s liquefied natural gas production capacity by nearly 17 million metric tons per year. The expansion could increase greenhouse gas emissions at the terminal by over 4 million tons per year, more than the average coal-fired power plant.

Construction Updates:

Chemical polystyrene recycling plant in Oregon to shut down by April 30

Companies behind the Regenyx chemical recycling plant in Tigard, Oregon, announced in a Feb. 29 press release that the plant will be shutting down by the end of April. First launched in 2018, the plant was expected to process up to 10 tons of polystyrene waste every day. Although the company claims the plant was “successful,” public documents showed that the facility had only processed a total of 4,400 tons between 2019 and 2021.

Drilling of two carbon storage test wells commences in Texas, Gulf of Mexico

In early 2024, Bayou Bend CCS began drilling two test wells in preparation for constructing the Bayou Bend Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Hub: one located onshore in Jefferson County, Texas, and one located offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico well will be the first offshore exploratory CCS test well drilled in U.S. waters.

Company building methanol plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, asks to rescind permit

Big Lake Fuels LLC, the company behind a proposed 5,000-metric-ton-per-year methanol plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, asked to rescind its construction permit. The plant was first authorized in April 2019 and received multiple permit extensions from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. If the company wants to develop the site, it will have to reapply for new permits.

Updates for the week of Feb. 26, 2024

The location of Formosa's Point Comfort plastics plant on the Texas Gulf Coast. The company recently applied to increase its pollution limits and build a dam on the Lavaca River.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Draft permit issued for construction of reservoir near Formosa plastics plant southwest of Houston

On Feb. 23, 2024, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced it had issued a draft water rights permit to the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) for construction of a reservoir on the Lavaca River that would divert up to 31 billion gallons of water per year for municipal, industrial, and mining uses, including at Formosa's Point Comfort plant. Public comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until March 25, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Formosa seeks to increase emissions at plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas

On Feb. 7, 2024, Formosa Plastics applied to increase emissions limits at its Point Comfort polyethylene plant to account for fugitive emissions and emissions from an elevated flare. The permit modification increases the volatile organic compound emission limit by nearly 65 tons per year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments on the application. Please see the public notice for more information.

Also on Feb. 7, 2024, Formosa Plastics applied to increase emissions limits at its Point Comfort facilities to account for fugitive emissions. The permit modification, which affects the facility's olefins and propane dehydrogenation units, increases the volatile organic compound emission limit by 6 tons per year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments on the application. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public meeting Feb. 29 on water rights permit for crude oil terminal north of Corpus Christi, Texas

On Jan. 25, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of a public meeting regarding Enbridge’s permit application to divert 162 million gallons of water per year from the Corpus Christi Bay for use at its oil terminal in San Patricio County, Texas, north of Corpus Christi. The public meeting is scheduled for Feb. 29, 2024, at 7 p.m. local time at 801 East Broadway Avenue, Portland, Texas. Please see the public notice for more information.

ExxonMobil applies to renew and amend Houston-area plastics plant’s wastewater discharge permit

On Feb. 15, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of ExxonMobil Chemical’s application to amend and renew the wastewater discharge permit for its Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant. If approved, the permit would allow the company to change certain pollution monitoring requirements and reauthorize discharges at the Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant. TCEQ is accepting comments on the application until at least March 16, 2024; please see the public notice for more information.

Comment period open for West Texas gas processing facility operating permit

On Feb. 16, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it had issued an initial draft operating permit for the Bear Gas Processing Facility in Reeves County, Texas. The facility can process up to 220 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until at least March 18, 2024. Please see the public notice and statement of basis for more information.

Draft permit proposed for Encina plastics processing plant in Central Pennsylvania

On Feb. 17, 2024, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a draft construction permit for Encina’s proposed plastics processing facility in Point Township, Northumberland County. Public comments on the proposed permit are being accepted until March 19, 2024. More information about how to submit a written comment is available here.

Draft wastewater discharge permit issued for Valero’s Texas City Refinery near Houston

On Feb. 23, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of a draft wastewater discharge permit for Valero’s Texas City Refinery. If approved, this permit would reauthorize discharge of process wastewater and stormwater into the Texas City Ship Channel. TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until at least March 24, 2024; please see the public notice for more information.

Public meetings planned March 5-6 regarding proposed Montana carbon sequestration hub

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding two public meetings regarding Denbury's application to use approximately 100,000 acres of BLM-managed land to build a carbon sequestration hub in Carter County, Montana. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the Ekalaka Event Center in Ekalaka, MT. The second meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 6. For more information on the meetings, please see the BLM project page.

Louisiana agency seeks comment on chemical pipelines that would impact 84 acres of wetlands

On February 14, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources announced that Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) applied to build two new 17-mile-long pipelines that would transport chlorine and ethylene dichloride from the company’s plant in St. James to its Geismar Plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. The project could affect 84 acres of wetlands and waterbottoms in southeastern Louisiana, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Public comments on the application are being accepted until March 14. For more information, please refer to the public notice and the most recent version of the joint permit application.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Gulf LNG export terminal in Mississippi seeks construction delay

On Feb. 22, 2024, Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company submitted a request to extend the deadline to complete and place into service its Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project. The project involves the construction of a new liquefied natural gas export terminal in Jackson County, Mississippi. It was originally authorized in 2019, and the current completion deadline is July 16, 2024. If approved, this extension would move the deadline to July 16, 2029.

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Central Alabama natural gas pipeline project begins operation

On Feb. 16, 2024, the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company announced that it had begun operation of its Southeast Energy Connector Project. The project involves modifying a compressor station in Coosa County, Alabama to increase pipeline capacity.

Construction deadline extended on Louisiana, Mississippi gas pipeline project

On Feb. 21, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it had approved Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s request to extend the completion deadline for the Evangeline Pass Project from March 25, 2024 to Sept. 30, 2025. The Evangeline Pass Project includes construction of new pipeline in Louisiana and a new compressor station in Mississippi.

Updates for the week of Feb. 19, 2024

The Chevron Phillips Chemical plant in Sweeny, Texas currently produces over 11 million pounds of ethylene per day.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Expansion proposed at Chevron Phillips petrochemical plant in Texas

On Feb. 12, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it had issued a draft construction permit for a cracking furnace replacement at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Sweeny Old Ocean Facility. This modification would increase ethylene production at the facility. The TCEQ is accepting comments on the permit modification until at least March 13, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Eastern New Mexico natural gas pipeline project delayed

On February 12, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that Double E Pipeline LLC had submitted a request to extend the deadline to construct and place into service its Red Hill Lateral Project in New Mexico. The project would involve construction of 20 miles of pipeline and other facilities. The extension would move the deadline from Feb. 18, 2024, to Feb. 18, 2025. FERC is accepting comments on the extension request until Feb. 21, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public meeting to be held on Feb. 21 regarding proposed West Virginia ammonia plant

On Feb. 14, 2024, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced it is holding a virtual public meeting on Feb. 21 to discuss the proposed TransGas Ammonia Plant in Mingo County, West Virginia. The proposed 13-million-metric-ton per year ammonia plant would be a key part of the federally funded Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub. TransGas plans to capture and sequester carbon dioxide produced at the plant. To participate in the meeting, register using this form. You can also submit written comments on the proposed construction permit until Feb. 28. Submit these comments to Joseph.R.Kessler@WV.gov with “TransGas R13-3622 Comments” in the subject line.

Groups to hold Feb. 28 meeting on proposed plastics processing facility in Central Pennsylvania

Community groups will host a public meeting to share information and answer questions about the proposed Encina plastics processing plant in Point Township, Pennsylvania. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at  Faylor Auditorium, Fisher Hall, Susquehanna University, at 514 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Draft permit to expand ethylene production proposed for Port Arthur, Texas, plant

On Feb. 13, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it had issued a draft construction permit to expand ethylene production at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Port Arthur Plant. The TCEQ is accepting comments on the permit modification until at least March 14, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit proposed for propylene production unit east of Houston

On Feb. 13, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a draft initial operating permit for Enterprise Products’ Propane Dehydrogenation II Unit at its Mont Belvieu Complex in Chambers County, Texas. The TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until at least March 14, 2024. Please see the statement of basis and public notice for more information.

Equipment addition proposed at petrochemical plant in Southeast Texas

On Feb. 2, 2024, Bayport Polymers applied to add a new steam boiler at its Baystar ethane cracker in Jefferson County, Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments and requests for contested case hearings on the proposed permit. Please see the public notice for more information.

Corpus Christi, Texas, crude oil processing facility applies to add new stormwater outlet

On Feb. 13, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of Buckeye Texas Processing LLC’s application to amend the wastewater discharge permit for its Corpus Christi Condensate Splitter and Terminal Facility. If approved, the facility would install a new stormwater outfall that would discharge into Corpus Christi Inner Harbor. TCEQ is currently accepting comments on the application; please see the public notice for more information.

Construction Updates:

Construction deadline extended for Driftwood LNG terminal and pipeline in Louisiana

On Feb. 15, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order granting a completion of construction deadline extension to Driftwood LNG LLC for its Driftwood LNG Project. The project includes the Driftwood LNG Terminal, a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, and the Driftwood LNG Pipeline, a new 96-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through four parishes in southwest Louisiana. The deadline to complete the project is now April 18, 2029.

Updates for the week of Feb. 12, 2024

Project Gumbo is a proposed carbon sequestration hub in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. ConocoPhillips is currently applying for permits to evaluate the carbon storage potential of the area.

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ConocoPhillips applies for Louisiana wetland permit for carbon burial project

On Feb. 1, 2024, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice announcing ConocoPhillips has applied for a wetland permit to construct a well pad and access route to evaluate the geologic potential for carbon storage in Cameron Parish, in Southwest Louisiana. The well pad is an initial step toward operation of Project Gumbo, a proposed carbon sequestration hub in the parish. Public comments on the application can be submitted until March 4, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit renewal issued for northern West Virginia compressor

On Feb. 2, 2024, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a draft operating permit renewal for the Buffalo Compressor Station in Brooke County, West Virginia. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed permit until March 4, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Texas crude oil terminal receives draft operating permit renewal

On Feb. 6, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that Motiva Enterprises has applied for a renewal of its operating permit for its Port Arthur Terminal in Jefferson County, Texas. The TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit renewal until at least March 7, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

West Virginia chemical plant receives draft operating permit renewal

On February 7, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued a draft operating permit renewal for Westlake’s Natrium Plant in Marshall County, West Virginia. The plant manufactures chlorine, caustic soda, and other chemicals. WVDEP is accepting comments on the draft permit until March 8, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Hydrogen plant in east Texas applies for wastewater discharge permit renewal

On Feb. 2, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of Linde Inc.’s application to renew the wastewater discharge permit for the Praxair Port Arthur Hydrogen Facility. If approved, the facility will continue discharging wastewater into Taylor Bayou. TCEQ is currently accepting comments on the application, please see the public notice for more information.

Construction Updates:

Ohio EPA issues air permit for tire-to-energy plant in Youngstown

On Feb. 14, 2024, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued a permit allowing SOBE Thermal Energy to install and operate its chemical recycling plant in Youngstown. The project would use pyrolysis to break down waste tire chips and convert them into a synthetic gas fuel, which would then be used to provide steam heat to buildings in downtown Youngstown. The project generated intense local and statewide opposition, which led to Youngstown City Council on Dec. 20, 2023, passing a one-year moratorium on pyrolysis and related technologies in the city.

Updates for the week of Feb. 5, 2024

Equistar was issued a draft wastewater discharge permit modification for its Channelview Complex on January 30, 2024.

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Draft operating permit issued for Houston-area petrochemical plant

On Feb. 2, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that Equistar Chemicals has applied for a renewal of its operating permit for its Bayport Plant in Harris County, Texas. The TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit renewal until at least March 3, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public meeting Feb. 8 on BP Whiting Refinery in Indiana that was recently evacuated after power outage

On Dec. 8, 2023, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced it had received an application to renew BP’s operating permit for the Whiting Refinery in Lake County, Indiana. The refinery is the largest in the Midwest and was recently shut down with road closures and nearby evacuations after a Feb. 1 power outage at the facility. Public comments on the proposed permit renewal can be submitted until Feb. 12, 2024. Indiana DEM is also holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed permit on Feb. 8, 2024 at 6 p.m. local time at East Chicago Central High School in East Chicago, Indiana. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit issued to massive Houston-area petrochemical facility

On Jan. 30, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published a public notice of a draft wastewater discharge permit for Equistar’s Channelview Complex located in Harris County, Texas. This amended wastewater discharge permit would authorize removal of monitoring and/or daily maximum concentration limits for total aluminum and zinc at multiple outfalls at the Equistar Channelview Complex. TCEQ is accepting comments on the proposed permit until at least Feb. 29, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Chevron oil refinery near Houston receives draft wastewater discharge permit

On Feb. 2, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published a public notice of a draft wastewater discharge permit renewal for the Pasadena Refinery in Harris County, Texas. The refinery is owned by Chevron subsidiary Pasadena Refining System Inc. If approved, the permit would reauthorize the Pasadena Refinery to discharge stormwater and hydrostatic test water into the San Jacinto River Basin. TCEQ is accepting comments on the proposed permit until at least March 3, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Updates for the week of Jan. 29, 2024

The location of the 138-year-old Lima Refinery in Ohio, which recently received a draft renewal of its operating permit.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Draft operating permit issued for 138-year-old Ohio oil refinery

On Jan. 24, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft operating permit renewal for the Lima Refinery in Allen County, Ohio. The facility was constructed in 1886 and has the capacity to process 175,000 barrels of crude oil each day. The Ohio EPA is accepting comments on the draft permit until February 26, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

FERC accepting comments on Tennessee natural gas pipeline project

On Jan. 25, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced an updated schedule for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Ridgeline Expansion Project. The project would involve construction of natural gas pipeline in Tennessee. Public comments regarding potential environmental impacts of the project can be submitted until Feb. 26, 2024 (CP23-516). Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Carbon capture proposed at natural gas treatment facility in northwest Louisiana

On Jan. 17, 2024, Enable Midstream Partners submitted an application to build a carbon capture unit at the proposed Ajax Amine Plant in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. The plant would remove hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide from natural gas. Enable Midstream plans to transport the carbon dioxide offsite via pipeline.

Delay sought for gas pipeline project off Louisiana coast

On Jan. 19, 2024, Columbia Gulf Transmission submitted a request to extend the deadline for completing and beginning operation of the East Lateral Xpress Project. The project would involve construction of new pipeline and related infrastructure in Louisiana. If approved, the extension would move the project completion deadline from March 25, 2024 to Sept. 25, 2025.

Construction Updates:

Louisiana court reinstates permit for proposed Formosa Plastics complex

On Jan. 19, 2024, a Louisiana appellate court reinstated construction and operating permits for Formosa Plastics' proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The 19th District Court had reversed the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (LDEQ's) decision to issue the permits in September 2023, finding that LDEQ’s decision to issue the permits did not comply with the Clean Air Act. Both LDEQ and Formosa Plastics appealed the decision.

Proposed Texas LNG export terminal receives key permits

On Jan. 25, 2024, Texas LNG received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and from the Railroad Commission of Texas to construct a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Cameron County, Texas. These approvals authorize impacts to wetlands, waterways, and the coastal zone from construction of the terminal.

LNG export terminals face delays due to potential environmental impacts

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on January 26, 2024, that it is pausing liquefied natural gas (LNG) export approvals to countries without trade agreements. The White House has directed the DOE to begin incorporating more climate change-related criteria into its analysis of whether LNG exports are in the public interest. The delay will only affect 12 out of 31 operating, under construction, or proposed LNG terminals in the U.S.

Baton Rouge Refinery modernization project completed

ExxonMobil recently announced it has completed a project to modernize equipment and increase dock capacity at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery.

Updates for the week of Jan. 22, 2024

The Motiva Port Arthur Refinery, shown in red, is the largest petroleum refinery in North America. Nearby oil and gas facilities are shown in yellow and associated facilities are yellow and red.

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Power plant proposed at Texas refinery that has struggled with electricity outages

On Jan. 8, 2024, Motiva Enterprises applied to construct a power generation facility at the Port Arthur Refinery in Jefferson County, Texas. The facility would supply power to the refinery, the largest in North America. It could release up to 2.4 million tons of greenhouse gases per year, equivalent to 12,000 railcars worth of coal burned. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments on the application and requests for a contested case hearing. Please see the public notice for more information.

Operating permit renewal proposed for East Texas petrochemical plant

On Jan. 12, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit renewal for the Eastman Chemical Longview facility in Harrison and Gregg Counties in Texas. The facility manufactures propylene and ethylene which are used to manufacture plastic. Public comments on the proposed permit renewal can be submitted until Feb. 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Texas Gulf Coast desalination plant under consideration for wetland impact permit

On January 16, 2024, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice announcing that the city of Corpus Christi, Texas has applied for a wetland permit to construct a seawater desalination plant at the inner harbor of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Treated water would be sent to the city’s potable water system. Public comments on the application can be submitted until February 16, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Seventh largest petroleum refining complex in U.S. issued draft wastewater discharge permit

On Jan. 19, 2024, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced that it issued a draft wastewater discharge permit to Citgo Petroleum’s Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. This permit would allow the complex to continue discharging wastewater and stormwater into the Calcasieu River, Indian Marais, and Bayou D'Inde. The LDEQ is accepting comments on the proposed permit until Feb. 22, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Major ammonia plant outside Houston applies to renew wastewater discharge permit

On Oct. 25, 2023, Air Products Industrial Gas LLC applied to renew the wastewater discharge permit for its Texas City Facility in Galveston County, Texas. If approved, the facility would continue to discharge wastewater and stormwater into Lower Galveston Bay.

LNG export company applies to construct power generation plant at Louisiana export terminal

On Jan. 12, 2024, Plaquemines Generation LLC applied to construct a power generation facility next to the Plaquemines LNG Export Terminal. The facility would supply power to the Plaquemines terminal or to the nearby Delta LNG Export Terminal. It could release up to 836,298 tons of greenhouse gases per year, equivalent to the emissions from 95,000 homes’ energy use in one year.

Construction Updates:

Texas city council denies permit to companies planning  coastal ammonia plant

On Jan. 16, 2024, the Ingleside, Texas, city council unanimously voted to deny an “objectionable use permit” to the companies Enbridge and Yara, who have proposed to build a 2.8-million-metric-ton ammonia plant next to the city, located north of Corpus Christi. The project cannot proceed without the permit.

Updates for the week of Jan. 15, 2024

The red dot shows the location of the proposed Adams Fork Ammonia Plant in Mingo County, West Virginia. The plant would be part of the federally funded Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Draft permit issued for West Virginia plant to make ammonia from natural gas

On Jan. 12, 2024, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it has issued a draft construction permit for the Adams Fork Ammonia Plant in Mingo County, West Virginia, a key part of the federally funded Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub. The permit would authorize construction of an ammonia production facility capable of producing 13 million metric tons per year. TransGas, the company spearheading the project, plans to capture and sequester carbon dioxide produced at the plant. The West Virginia DEP is accepting comments on the draft permit until Feb. 2, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Arkansas gas pipeline expansion delayed

On Jan. 3, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published a notice that Ozark Gas Transmission applied to extend the deadline to complete its Ozark Supply Access Project, which would involve construction of new pipeline and a new compressor station in Arkansas. Ozark requested that the deadline to complete the project be extended from Nov. 29, 2023 to May 29, 2024. Public comments can be submitted until Jan. 18, 2024 under docket CP22-511. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit issued for Houston-area chemical manufacturer to increase fertilizer production

On Jan. 5, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft permit to Foremark Performance Chemicals for its proposed construction of an anhydrous ammonia system and aqueous fertilizer production unit at its facility in Harris County, Texas. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted at least until Feb. 8, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit issued for chemical plant south of Richmond, Virginia

On Jan. 12, 2024, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit renewal for the AdvanSix Hopewell Plant in Prince George County, Virginia. The facility manufactures caprolactam, an ingredient in nylon. Public comments on the proposed permit renewal can be submitted until Feb. 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft discharge permit issued for proposed Texas desalination plant to provide water for industry

On Jan. 12, 2024, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced it had issued the City of Corpus Christi a draft wastewater discharge permit for the proposed Inner Harbor Desalination Plant in Nueces County, Texas. The permit would authorize Corpus Christi to discharge over 34 million gallons of wastewater each day to the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor. TCEQ is accepting comments on the draft permit until at least Feb. 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Construction permit sought for Texas plant that would produce ammonia using renewables

On Dec. 26, 2023, Nueces Green Ammonia LLC applied for a construction permit to build an ammonia production facility in Nueces County, Texas. The facility would use electrolysis to produce hydrogen from renewable power and water and would have the capacity to manufacture 800,000 metric tons of ammonia fuel each year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments on the application and requests for a contested case hearing. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Permit modifications proposed at Southwest Louisiana LNG terminal

On Jan. 5, 2024, Commonwealth LNG LLC applied to modify the construction and operating permits for its proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The modified permits would alter turbine design at the facility and update emission rates.

New Projects Announced:

New gas-based ammonia plant proposed on Texas Gulf Coast

8 Rivers Capital recently announced plans to construct an 880,000-ton-per-year facility in Jefferson County, Texas that would produce ammonia from natural gas. The company hopes to capture more than 99 percent of carbon dioxide produced at the facility, around 1.4 million pounds per year. The ammonia would be sold for use in transportation, heavy industry, and fertilizer production.

Updates for the week of Jan. 8, 2024

A map of East Tennessee Natural Gas's proposed Ridgeline Project. The company filed an amendment on Dec. 19, 2023, to increase the diameter of an 8-mile section of pipe.

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Amendment proposed to widen section of new gas pipeline planned in eastern Tennessee

On Dec. 19, 2023, East Tennessee Natural Gas submitted an amendment to its application for the proposed Ridgeline Project, a new natural gas pipeline in eastern Tennessee. The amendment would change an 8-mile section of pipeline from 24 inches in diameter to 30 inches. Public comments on the amendment can be submitted until Jan. 25, 2024 (CP23-516). Please see the public notice for more information.

Air pollution increase proposed at fertilizer plant in northeastern Oklahoma

On Dec. 25, 2023, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft construction permit modification to Pryor Chemical’s fertilizer plant in Mayes County, Oklahoma. The permit modification would add a new operating scenario that would allow maintenance of an ammonia production unit while continuing to operate a urea production unit. The modification would increase volatile organic compounds emissions, which can cause respiratory irritation. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted here until Jan. 24, 2024.

Permit would authorize 220 acres of wetland and waterway impacts for construction of New Orleans-area ammonia plant

On Dec. 25, 2023, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice announcing that St. Charles Clean Fuels applied for a wetland permit for the proposed St. Rose Blue Ammonia Facility. The facility would produce 8,000 metric tons of ammonia each day. The wetland permit would authorize construction of access roads, a temporary barge mooring area, and other activities that would permanently impact approximately 220 acres of wetlands and waterways. Public comments on the application can be submitted until Jan. 26, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Wetland permit would allow expansion of oil terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas

On Dec. 26, 2023, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District issued a notice announcing that Buckeye Texas Hub LLC applied for a wetland permit for the Buckeye Texas Hub Terminal in Nueces County, Texas. The permit would authorize construction of three new docks at the facility and dredging in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, among other activities. Public comments on the application can be submitted until Jan. 28, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit would allow continued wastewater releases from chemical plant to Ohio River

On Jan. 2, 2024, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a draft wastewater discharge permit renewal to Chemours’ Washington Works chemical plant in Wood County, West Virginia. The permit would allow continued discharge of wastewater to the Ohio River. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted until Feb. 1, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Natural gas pipeline capacity expansion proposed in Texas and Louisiana

On Dec. 14, 2023, Florida Gas Transmission Company submitted an application to increase natural gas transport capacity in Texas and Louisiana by 150 million cubic feet per day via construction of a new compressor station, 900 feet of pipeline connections, and a new meter and regulation station. Public comments on the proposal can be submitted until Feb. 26, 2024 (CP24-26). Please see the public notice for more information.

New Projects Announced:

New natural gas storage facility proposed south of Dallas

Sage Creek Energy Partners plans to construct a natural gas storage facility in Anderson County, Texas. It would have a storage capacity of 50 billion cubic feet once both phases of construction are completed in 2025.

Sustainable aviation fuel plant proposed in southeast Kansas

Azure Sustainable Fuels Corp recently announced plans to build a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility in Montgomery County, Kansas. The facility would produce up to 135 million gallons of SAF each year. Azure plans to capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions from the production process and hopes to begin operation at the plant in 2027.

Construction Updates:
Minnesota chemical plastics recycling plant begins operating

In early December 2023, Myplas USA announced it has begun operations at its Hennepin County, Minnesota, chemical recycling plant. The plant has the capacity to process 90 million pounds of polyethylene plastic each year, which it converts into food- and non-food-grade resins.

Ohio town council votes to ban chemical recycling and similar processes for at least one year

On Dec. 20, 2023, the Youngstown City Council voted to ban pyrolysis, gasification, or combustion of used plastics for one year in the city of Youngstown in Mahoning County, Ohio. The ban affects SOBE Thermal Energy’s proposed chemical recycling facility, which has faced significant community opposition. The plant has not received a final construction permit, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency has requested a thorough environmental justice analysis of the proposed plant before issuance of the permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Mountain Valley Pipeline mileage to be reduced in North Carolina, Virginia

According to a filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Dec. 29, 2023, Equitrans Midstream plans to alter the design of the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Project. The project would increase natural gas transport capacity in North Carolina and Virginia. The proposed design changes would reduce the number of water crossings and decrease pipeline mileage from 75 miles to 31 miles.

Updates for the week of Jan. 1, 2024

The location of the proposed Mitsubishi methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant is shown in in red and surrounding facilities are shown in yellow. The plant would produce 385,000 tons of MMA each year.

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Draft construction permit issued for proposed chemical plant near Baton Rouge

On Dec. 28, 2023, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) issued a draft construction and operation permit for Mitsubishi’s proposed methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. The facility would produce up to 385,000 tons of MMA each year for use in pesticides, solvents, and polyesters. LDEQ will hold a public meeting regarding the permit on Feb. 1, 2024 at the Richard Brown Community Center in Geismar, Louisiana, and public comments can be submitted until Feb. 5, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

New Mexico gas plant applies to increase number of condensate tanks

On Dec. 13, 2023, the New Mexico Environment Department issued a draft construction permit modification for the Cowboy Central Delivery Point in Eddy County, New Mexico. The permit would authorize the addition of six condensate tanks to the facility along with other changes. Public comments on the proposed permit can be submitted until Jan. 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit issued for 91-year-old Texas Panhandle refinery

On Dec. 18, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit renewal for Valero’s McKee Refinery in Moore County, Texas. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted at least until Jan. 17, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Texas wastewater permit would allow discharge of over 2 million gallons to Neches River

On July 21, 2023, Enterprise submitted an application to discharge more than 2.2 million gallons of wastewater each day from its Beaumont Marine East facility in Orange County, Texas. Enterprise plans to expand the facility to include a new ethane storage and export terminal capable of handling up to 480,000 barrels of ethane per day. Public comments on the application can be submitted at least until Jan. 22, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Shell applies to continue operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment at western PA petrochemical plant

On Nov. 27, 2023, Shell Chemical Appalachia applied to continue operation of temporary equipment installed at the wastewater treatment plant at its petrochemical complex in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The equipment was initially authorized in June 2023 under a temporary authorization.

New Projects Announced:

New sustainable aviation fuel facility proposed in eastern South Dakota

Gevo Inc plans to build a new sustainable aviation fuel production facility in Kingsbury County, South Dakota. The facility would produce 60 million gallons of fuel per year using a mix of wind power and fossil fuel-generated power. Gevo plans to employ carbon capture to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the plant and hopes to begin operations in 2026.

Construction Updates:

BASF streamlines production of specialty chemicals at petrochemical plant south of Baton Rouge

On Dec. 19, 2023, BASF announced it had completed a project to modify and optimize production of specialty chemicals at its chemical complex in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, southeast of Baton Rouge.

Updates for the week of Dec. 18, 2023

The location of the proposed Blue Point Ammonia Complex in red, with surrounding facilities and pipelines highlighted in orange. The company planning the ammonia plant is seeking a permit that would authorize impacts to approximately 4 acres of wetlands and 47 acres of waterbodies.

Public Comment Opportunities:

Ammonia complex southeast of Baton Rouge would impact 51 acres of wetlands, waterbodies

On Dec. 11, 2023, the New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice asking for comments on a permit that would authorize impacts to approximately 4 acres of wetlands and 47 acres of waterbodies from the proposed Blue Point Ammonia Complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The project would consist of a new ammonia plant, carbon capture equipment, a heavy haul road, and a marine terminal. More information about the project’s impact on wetlands and waterbodies, as well as the company’s plans to mitigate those impacts, can be found in the notice. Public comments will be accepted between Dec. 11, 2023, and Jan. 9, 2024.

Army Corps accepting comments on Louisiana Gulf Coast carbon sequestration test well

On Nov. 30, 2023, the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice asking for comments on a permit that would authorize wetlands impacts from the proposed Gumbo South carbon sequestration project. The permit would authorize about five acres of wetland impacts for the construction of an appraisal well that would be used to assess the geologic sequestration potential of the area. Public comments can be submitted until Jan. 2, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Renewal of operating permit proposed for Montana refinery

On Dec. 12, 2023, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit renewal to the Billings Refinery in Yellowstone County, Montana. The proposed permit would authorize continued operation of the refinery. Public comments are being accepted until Jan. 11, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Increased wastewater discharge proposed for chlor-alkali plant near Houston

On Dec. 13, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for OxyChem’s Battleground Plant in Harris County, Texas. The draft permit would add a new outfall and authorize a significant increase in wastewater discharges to the Houston Ship Channel. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Jan. 12, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

FERC issues environmental assessment for pipeline expansion in Mississippi and Louisiana

On Dec. 15, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Environmental Assessment for the South Louisiana Project, which would increase capacity at compressor stations in Wiggins, Mississippi, and Franklinton and Port Barre, Louisiana. Public comments on the environmental assessment can be submitted until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 16, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit Applications Submitted:

Company applies to build new plastics-to-hydrogen plant in Southern Louisiana

On Nov. 21, 2023, FusionOne applied to build a new hydrogen plant in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, which would convert old tires and plastics into fuel. The new plant would be a significant source of hazardous air pollutants and could begin operating by April 2026, according to the application.

Dec. 20 public meeting planned on proposed chemical recycling plant on West Virginia-Ohio border

On Dec. 5, 2023, Empire Green Generation applied to build a new chemical recycling plant in Follansbee, West Virginia. The plant would convert waste plastic into fuel that can be used to generate electricity. It is one of many projects to receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The City of Follansbee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Follansbee Community House to discuss a building permit for the project.

Construction Updates:

American Plant Food cancels plans for new fertilizer plant east of New Orleans

On Dec. 5, 2023, the Louisiana Illuminator reported that American Plant Food, the company proposing to build a new ammonia plant in Jefferson County, Louisiana, halted the project and withdrew its application for $3.6 million in tax breaks from the state of Louisiana. The decision comes after immense pushback from local residents.

Company withdraws from involvement in proposed West Virginia blue ammonia project

On December 18, CNX Resources announced it is no longer involved in the Adams Fork ammonia project, a proposed ammonia plant in Mingo County, West Virginia. The plant was a joint project between Adams Fork Energy and CNX and is slated to be part of the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub receiving funding from the Department of Energy. CNX cited delays and confusion in the funding process as its reason for withdrawing from the project.

Updates for the week of Dec. 11, 2023

The location of the Seahawk Crude Oil Terminal is shown in red. A contested case hearing will be held before TCEQ can authorize a proposed expansion there.

Public comment opportunities:

Environmental assessment issued for Nevada gas pipeline update

On Nov. 28, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental assessment for the proposed 2024 Great Basin Expansion Project. The proposed project would involve the construction and replacement of pipelines in Storey, Lyon, and Douglas counties in Nevada. Public comments can be submitted until Dec. 28, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit issued for one of the largest ethane crackers in the world

On Dec. 6, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for Bayport Polymers’ Port Arthur Side Ethane Cracker in Jefferson County, Texas, near the Louisiana state line. The proposed permit reauthorizes wastewater discharge from the Bayport Polymers facility under its existing terms and conditions. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Jan. 5, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater discharge permit issued to petrochemical plant near Houston

On Dec. 6, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for SI Group’s Baytown Operations in Harris County, Texas. The proposed permit reauthorizes wastewater discharge from the Baytown Operations facility under its existing terms and conditions. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Jan. 5, 2024. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit applications submitted:

Proposed New Orleans-area fertilizer plant under review

On Oct. 26, 2023, American Plant Food submitted a revised application for an initial construction permit for its ammonium sulfate production facility in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The revised application reduced maximum production capacity of ammonium sulfate to 500,000 short tons per year from the initially proposed 630,000 short tons per year.

Construction Updates:

Texas court revokes permit for Gulf Coast oil export terminal expansion

On Dec. 5, 2023, a Travis County District Court judge reversed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s decision to authorize an expansion of Max Midstream’s Seahawk Oil Terminal without a contested case hearing. Local shrimpers requested the hearing when the draft permit was issued, but the TCEQ issued the final permit without granting the hearing. The court’s ruling means a contested case hearing must now be held before the final construction permit for the expansion can be issued.

Updates for the week of Dec. 4, 2023

The location of the proposed LNG facility in Greensville County, Virginia is shown in red. The facility is exempt from FERC oversight.

Public comment opportunities:

Environmental assessment issued for gas pipeline expansion in Alabama and Georgia

On Nov. 27, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental assessment for the Alabama Georgia Connector Project, which would add and upgrade compressor units in Alabama and Georgia to add more gas to existing pipelines. Public comments on the environmental assessment can be submitted until Dec. 27, 2023 (CP23-194). Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft operating permit issued for gas processing facility on Alaska’s North Slope

On Nov. 28, 2023, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft permit for the continued operation of Exxon’s Point Thomson Production Facility, which processes natural gas. A draft permit was first issued in January 2023, but that draft was incomplete. Public comments on the current draft permit can be submitted until Dec. 28, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Application submitted to increase plastic resin production near Houston

On Nov. 17, 2023, Equistar submitted an application to construct a new propylene and butene plant at its Channelview Complex in Harris County, Texas. The new plant would have the capacity to produce 950 million pounds of propylene and could emit up to 19 tons of volatile organic compounds each year. Comments and requests for a contested case hearing can be submitted until Dec. 28, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

FERC conducting scoping on proposed East Texas pipeline capacity expansion

On Nov. 30, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced that it is beginning scoping for Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America’s application to increase capacity on Kinder Morgan’s existing Louisiana Line. The proposed project would modify two compressor stations in East Texas, which would allow for direct deliveries to the Sabine Pass and Golden Pass LNG export terminals. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on the potential environmental impacts of the project until January 2, 2024 (CP24-8). Please see the public notice for more information.

New Projects Announced:

LNG storage site proposed in southern Virginia

Dominion Energy plans to construct a liquefied natural gas facility at its Greensville County Power Station in Virginia to provide backup fuel at the power station. The facility would have 15 million cubic feet per day of liquefaction capacity and a 25-million-gallon storage tank. Dominion plans to begin operation of the LNG facility in 2026.

Enbridge announces plans to expand capacity along major Texas crude pipeline

On November 29, Enbridge announced plans to expand capacity along its existing Gray Oak Pipeline by 200,000 barrels per day through exports at the Ingleside Energy Center. The 850-mile-long Gray Oak Pipeline carries crude oil from the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas to industrial centers in Corpus Christi and Freeport.

Construction Updates:

New Louisiana crude oil pipelines begin operating

On Dec. 1, 2023, Enercoast began operating two new crude oil pipelines in Louisiana. The Enercoast Northline travels from the town of St. James in St. James Parish, to Anchorage, West Baton Rouge Parish, and the Southline extends south to Raceland in LaFourche Parish. The two pipelines add 122 miles and 210,000 barrels per day of transport capacity.

Updates for the week of Nov. 27, 2023

The location of FusionOne's proposed plastics-to-hydrogen facility in New Orleans, one of two such plants the company is planning in Louisiana.

Public comment opportunities:

Comment period open on Wyoming gas pipeline expansion

On Nov. 6, 2023, MountainWest Pipeline LLC submitted an application to expand its natural gas pipeline in Wyoming through the addition of compression capacity at two compressor stations in Sweetwater County (Rock Springs Compressor Station and Point of Rocks Compressor Station). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting comments on the application until Dec. 6, 2023 (CP24-13). Please see the public notice for more information.

Public meeting on pipeline expansion in Delaware and Maryland to be held Dec. 13

On Nov. 22, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced a public scoping session on the environmental impacts of the proposed Worcester Resiliency Upgrade Project, which would increase storage and transport capacity in Delaware and Maryland along Eastern Shore Natural Gas LLC’s pipeline. The scoping session will be held on Dec. 13, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. Eastern at the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department in Bishopville, Maryland. Please see the public notice for more information.

Public hearing on Houston-area chemical plant operating permit to be held Feb. 5, 2024

On Nov. 21, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that it will hold a public hearing regarding the operating permit renewal for ExxonMobil’s Baytown Chemical Plant in Harris County, Texas. The public hearing will be on Feb. 5, 2024 at 6 p.m. Central at the Marriott Springhill Suites in Baytown, Texas. Please see the public notice for more information.

Initial operating permit under review for southern New Mexico gas plant

On Nov. 22, 2023, the New Mexico Environment Department issued a draft operating permit for the Crestwood Willow Lake Gas Processing Plant in Eddy County, New Mexico. The plant processes natural gas and can operate as a compressor station. Public comments on the draft operating permit can be submitted until Dec. 22, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

New Projects Announced:

Two new hydrogen plants proposed in Louisiana

FusionOne recently announced plans to build two new hydrogen production plants in Louisiana, one in New Orleans and one in Iberia Parish two hours west of New Orleans. The plants would process waste plastic and old tires to produce hydrogen, which would then be used as fuel. FusionOne applied to Louisiana Economic Development for significant tax breaks for both plants.

Updates for the week of Nov. 20, 2023

The location of Cronus Chemicals' proposed ammonia plant near Tuscola, Illinois, which received a draft permit on Nov. 15, 2023.

Public comment opportunities:

Draft construction permit issued for long-delayed Illinois ammonia plant

On Nov. 15, 2023, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft permit to authorize construction of the Cronus Ammonia Plant in Douglas County, Illinois. The plant, which was first proposed in 2013, would produce up to 3,031 tons of ammonia fertilizer per day and could emit over 2 million tons of greenhouse gases per year, equivalent to half of the emission from a coal-fired power plant. Comments on the draft permit can be submitted until Dec. 15, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Environmental assessment issued for proposed pipeline modifications in southeastern U.S.

On Nov. 17, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental assessment for the proposed East Tennessee Natural Gas System Alignment Program. The project would modify gas pipeline segments in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina to increase bidirectional capability. Comments on the environmental assessment can be submitted here until Dec. 18, 2023 (CP23-131).

Public meeting regarding operation of southeast New Mexico compressor to be held Dec. 18

On Dec. 18, 2023, the New Mexico Environment Department will hold a virtual public meeting to hear comments on a proposed operating permit for the Big Lizard Compressor Station in Lea County, New Mexico. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. local time on Webex. More information on how to attend is available here.

Construction of ammonia plant in eastern Louisiana would impact 100 acres of wetlands and waterways

On Nov. 20, 2023, the New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice asking for comments on a permit that would authorize wetland impacts from the proposed Ascension Clean Energy Facility near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The project would consist of a new ammonia plant, carbon capture equipment, a heavy haul road, and a marine terminal. More information about the project’s impact on wetlands and waterbodies, as well as the company’s plans to mitigate those impacts, can be found in the public notice. Public comments will be accepted between Nov. 20 and Dec. 19, 2023.

Permit applications submitted

Unbuilt western Louisiana methanol plant originally authorized in 2016 reapplies for new permit

On Oct. 26, 2023, Lake Charles Methanol submitted a new application to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to build a methanol plant in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The facility was first authorized in 2016, but after seven years of delays the company is applying for fresh construction permits. The new plant would be able to process 10,000 metric tons of methanol per day. Construction could begin as early as June 2024, with operations expected to begin in 2027.

Construction Updates:

Proposed rule change would allow carbon dioxide storage in national forests

On Nov. 3, 2023, the U.S. Forest Service published a proposed rule change that would allow carbon dioxide to be sequestered on national forest land. Current Forest Service regulations prohibit “exclusive and perpetual” uses of forest service land, but this update to the rule would create an exemption. If carbon dioxide were to be sequestered in national forests, pipelines to transport the gas to sequestration sites would likely be built in national forests as well. Public comments on the proposed change are being accepted here until Jan. 2, 2024.

Updates for the week of Nov. 13, 2023

Location of Dominion's proposed LNG storage facility in Person County, North Carolina

Public comment opportunities:

Pipeline tweaks would increase gas delivery to two LNG export terminals on Texas-Louisiana border

On Oct. 18, 2023, the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America applied to increase capacity on Kinder Morgan’s existing Louisiana Line by modifying two compressor stations in Southeast Texas, which would allow for direct deliveries to the Sabine Pass and Golden Pass LNG export terminals. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on the proposed project until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 21, 2023. Protests and motions to intervene can be submitted here (docketCP24-8). For more information, please refer to the public notice.

Draft air permit proposed for renewable fuels plant in Port Arthur, Texas

On Oct. 31, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft permit that would authorize already completed changes to the Diamond Green Diesel Renewable Fuels Plant in Jefferson County, Texas. The plant, which is located next to the Valero Port Arthur Refinery, makes renewable diesel and aviation fuel from animal fats and cooking oils. Public comments on the proposed permit are being accepted until at least Nov. 30, 2023. Please refer to the public notice for more information.

Modified permit would weaken wastewater testing requirements for chemical complex east of Houston

On Nov. 7, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for Targa’s Mont Belvieu Complex in Chambers County, Texas. The proposed permit would allow the facility to discharge wastewater from steam condensate and hydrostatic test water and remove a testing requirement called Whole Effluent Toxicity at three outfalls where wastewater from the facility enters nearby waterways. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Dec. 9, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit would increase wastewater discharge from petrochemical plant in Harris County, Texas

On Nov. 7, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for Enterprise’s Pasadena Plant in Harris County, Texas. The proposed permit includes a modification that would increase the effluent flow limit at a single outfall by 13,000 gallons per day. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Dec. 9, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

New Projects Announced:

Dominion Energy planning new natural gas storage facility in Central North Carolina

Dominion Energy is planning to build a 25 million gallon liquified natural gas storage facility in Person County, North Carolina. Construction could begin in early 2024 and the facility is anticipated to be in service in late 2026.

Company plans to double processing capacity at West Texas gas plant

WTG Midstream plans to expand its Red Lake Gas Plant with two capacity expansions of 200 million cubic feet per day each. One expansion would beginning operations this year, with the other beginning in 2026. The facility is located in Martin County, Texas, in the Permian Basin, and currently has a capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day.

Construction Updates:

Federal appeals court strikes down construction permit for Port Arthur LNG in Texas

On Nov. 14, 2023, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals halted construction of the Port Arthur LNG Terminal, ruling that Texas regulators failed to follow the Clean Air Act in issuing a permit for the project. The panel of federal judges, based in New Orleans, wrote that they struck down the state air pollution control permit because the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality "declined to impose certain emissions limits on a new natural gas facility that it had recently imposed on another such facility. ... It therefore acted arbitrarily and capriciously under Texas law." The decision came in response to an appeal by the Port Arthur Community Action Network, represented by the Environmental Integrity Project and Lone Star Legal Aid.

Updates for the week of Nov. 6, 2023

Three gas processing plant expansions are planned for Loving County, Texas. The plants are expected to begin operating over the next two years.

Public comment opportunities

FERC accepting comments on proposed pipeline expansion in North Dakota

On Oct. 30, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice requesting comments on potential environmental issues related to the Bison XPress Pipeline Project, which would expand three compression stations in North Dakota and increase the gas pipeline's capacity by 300 million cubic feet per day. Comments on the proposed project can be submitted here until Nov. 29, 2023 (docket CP23-544).

Permit applications submitted

Houston-area plastics plant applies to increase daily wastewater discharge

On Aug. 31, 2023, Braskem USA applied to modify and renew the wastewater discharge permit for its La Porte Plant in Harris County, Texas. The modified permit, if approved, would increase the facility’s maximum daily average wastewater discharge from 622,000 gallons per day to 850,000 gallons per day.

Southeast Texas refinery applies to modify wastewater discharge permit

On Sept. 11, 2023, an affiliate of Chevron applied to renew the wastewater discharge permit for its Pasadena Refinery in Harris County, Texas. The refinery, one of the oldest on the Houston Ship Channel, can process over 115,000 barrels of crude oil every day.

New Projects Announced

Enterprise plans major expansion of petrochemical pipeline network in Texas

On Oct. 31, 2023, Enterprise Products Partners LP announced plans to build a new 550-mile-long natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline in Texas. The Bahia NGL Pipeline would originate in the Permian basin of West Texas and carry 600,000 barrels of NGLs per day to the Mont Belvieu Fractionation Complex in Chambers County. The company also announced plans to convert the existing Seminole Red Pipeline back to NGL service while it builds the new Bahia pipeline, which is expected to begin operating in 2025.

Gas plant expansions are ongoing in West Texas and nearby New Mexico

Recently announced expansion projects at gas plants in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico could add 2.5 billion standard cubic feet per day of processing capacity. Western Midstream is adding capacity in Loving County with two planned projects, followed by a second processing train at the Dos Picos Gas Plant in Midland County in early 2024. Enterprise Midstream is adding gas processing capacity in Midland and Loving Counties with the Orion Gas Plant and Mentone IV Plant, both scheduled to begin operations in 2025. Brazos Midstream and MPLX both plan to build a new facilities in the Texas Permian, while Salt Creek Midstream plans to expand its Reeves County facility. Finally, Durango Midstream plans to build a new processing facility in Eddy County, New Mexico in two phases.

Updates for the week of Oct. 30, 2023

The site of the Elba Liquefaction Terminal. If Southern LNG Company's application is approved, the terminal could export over 28 billion cubic feet of LNG per year.

Public comment opportunities

Public meeting Nov. 7 for proposed carbon capture project in Southwest Louisiana

The Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations plans to hold a public meeting on Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:20 p.m. local time at the West-Cal Events Center (401 Arena Road Sulphur, LA 70665) to discuss the proposed Project Cypress Direct Air Capture Hub in Southwest Louisiana. The hub, which has received federal funding, is expected to capture up to one million tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year.

Louisiana natural gas pipeline expansion proposed

On Oct. 4, 2023, Cameron Interstate Pipeline LLC applied to expand the Holbrook Compressor Station in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The expansion would add 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas transport capacity per day to the pipeline, which leads to Cameron LNG Terminal. Public comments can be submitted until Nov. 9, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit would allow continued operation of largest U.S. above-ground crude oil storage facility

On Oct. 10, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit to Energy Transfer’s Nederland Crude Terminal. The renewal would allow continued operation of the terminal, which can store approximately 31 million barrels of oil. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted until Nov. 23, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Application filed for LNG export from proposed Southwest Louisiana terminal

On Aug. 18, 2023, Lake Charles Exports LLC applied for authorization to export about 851 million cubic feet of liquefied natural gas per year from its proposed LNG export terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Public comments on the application can be submitted until Nov. 6, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information. Comments can also be submitted using the Sierra Club’s website here.

New natural gas processing facility proposed in northern West Virginia

On Oct. 6, 2023, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a draft permit for a new proposed compressor station in Tyler County, West Virginia. The Torreys Peak Compressor would annually emit up to 70 tons of volatile organic compounds, which can cause respiratory irritation. Public comments on the draft permit can be submitted until Nov. 17, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater permit issued for chemical plant in Houston area

On Oct. 24, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for Arkema’s Houston Plant in Harris County, Texas. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 23, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Chemical plant to discharge wastewater to James River southeast of Richmond, Virginia

On Oct. 24, 2023, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for AdvanSix's Hopewell Plant. It also issued a draft discharge permit for a neighboring municipal wastewater treatment plant, called Hopewell Water Renewal, which treats process wastewater from the AdvanSix site before discharging it to the James River and nearby tributaries. Public comments will be accepted between Oct. 31 and Nov. 30, 2023.

Agency proposes wastewater discharge permit for Louisiana chemical plant

On Oct. 27, 2023, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft wastewater discharge permit for NOVA Chemicals’ Geismar Ethylene Plant which is located in both Ascension Parish and Iberville Parish. Public comments will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Proposed Southeast Texas hydrogen plant applies for wastewater discharge permit

On Sept. 8, 2023, Linde Inc submitted an application to discharge wastewater from its proposed hydrogen manufacturing facility in Jefferson County, Texas. The wastewater would flow to the Neches River Tidal and Taylor Bayou Above Tidal. Public comments and requests for a public hearing regarding the application are currently being accepted. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit renewal would allow Houston-area refinery to continue discharging wastewater

On Sept. 18, 2023, Valero applied to renew its wastewater discharge permit for its Texas City Refinery in Galveston County, Texas. The refinery has a capacity of 260,000 barrels per day and currently discharges to the Texas City Ship Channel. Public comments and requests for a public hearing regarding the application can currently be submitted. Please see the public notice for more information.

Application filed for gas export from Georgia LNG terminal

On Sept. 26, 2023, Southern LNG Company applied for authorization to export approximately 28.25 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas per year from its LNG terminal in Chatham County, Georgia. Public comments on the application can be submitted until Dec. 26, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit applications submitted

Southeast Louisiana LNG terminal applies to increase greenhouse gas emissions

On October 23, Venture Global applied to modify its Clean Air Act permit for the Plaquemines LNG Terminal in Southeast Louisiana. The modified permit, if approved, would increase potential greenhouse gas emissions by over one million tons per year, equivalent to about 6,000 railcars worth of coal burned.

New Projects Announced

Gas plant expansions are ongoing in West Texas and nearby New Mexico

Companies operating in the oil fields of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico continue to plan gas plant expansions. Matador Resources, Stakeholder Midstream, and Targa Resources have all announced plans to expand gas processing capacity over the next two years. Targa plans to build a new plant and expand its Greenwood Plant in West Texas, and Matador and Stakeholder both plan to build new plants in the same region. These additions would increase gas processing capacity by 830 million standard cubic feet per day.

Updates for the week of Oct. 23, 2023

Foremark Performance Chemicals' location on the Houston Ship Channel. The facility recently submitted an application to increase ammonia-based fertilizer production at the plant.

Public comment opportunities

Public hearing scheduled Nov. 30 for proposed Southeast Texas plastics plant

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing 7 p.m. local time on Nov. 30, 2023, to hear community feedback on the proposed ethane cracker in Jefferson County, Texas. Ethane crackers produce ethylene, an ingredient in many chemicals and plastics, by heating ethane from natural gas to very high temperatures. The proposed cracker could emit up to five million tons of greenhouse gases per year—far more than the average coal-fired power plant. More information on the public meeting is available here.

Houston-area chemical manufacturer to increase fertilizer production

On Sept. 26, 2023, Foremark Performance Chemicals submitted an application to construct equipment to produce pressurized liquid ammonia and liquid fertilizer solutions at its facility in Harris County, Texas. These units would be used to produces low-release fertilizer, which gradually releases nutrients into soil. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is accepting comments on the application at least until Nov. 17, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft wastewater permit proposed for chemical plant in South Texas

On Oct. 18, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice of preliminary decision that would slightly adjust the language permit for OQ Chemicals Bay City Plant in Matagorda County, Texas. The change would only modify the description of the wastewater from "treated process wastewater from the neutral effluent treatment (NET) system" to "treated process wastewater". Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 17, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Permit applications submitted

Construction permit pending for huge new ammonia plant near Corpus Christi, Texas

On Oct. 12, 2023, Enbridge and Yara International submitted an application to construct a hydrogen and ammonia facility in San Patricio County, Texas. The facility would produce up to 2.8 million metric tons of ammonia and could emit as much as 3.3 million tons of greenhouse gases per year, nearly as much as a coal-fired power plant, although the companies plan to incorporate carbon capture at the facility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting comments and requests for public hearing on this application. Please see the public notice for more information.

Plastics plant near Baton Rouge applies for sixth construction permit modification

On Oct. 18, 2023, Shintech Louisiana submitted an application to modify its Clean Air Act pre-construction permit for its ethylene production unit in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. The updated permit would authorize construction of a new boiler and increase air pollution emission limits. Shintech’s Plaquemine plant manufactures ingredients used to produce plastic products, including polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC.

New projects announced

New ammonia plant proposed in Lake Charles, Louisiana, near Texas border

On Oct. 17, 2023, Proman, the Swiss parent company behind the Big Lake Fuels Methanol Plant, signed an agreement with Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation to build a new ammonia plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, near the Texas border. The new ammonia plant would be built at the existing Big Lake Fuels site and would be able to produce 1.2 million metric tons of ammonia each year, with carbon dioxide emissions captured and sequestered.

New chemical plastics recycling plant proposed between Phoenix and Tuscon

Freepoint Ecosystems recently announced plans to construct a new chemical recycling plant in Pinal County, Arizona. It would process up to 180,000 tons of waste plastic per year using pyrolysis, a process where plastic is heated until it becomes liquid. This is Freepoint’s third proposed chemical recycling plant, none of which have begun operating.

Updates for the week of Oct. 16, 2023

The location of the proposed Nederland Ethane Cracker near Port Arthur, Texas.

Public comment opportunities:

Comment period open on proposed North Dakota pipeline expansion

On Sept. 15, 203, the Northern Border Pipeline Company submitted an application to authorize its Bison Xpress Project, which would expand three compression stations in North Dakota to increase the gas pipeline's capacity by 300 million cubic feet per day. Comments on the proposed expansion can be submitted here until Oct. 23, 2023 (docket CP23-544).

Companies seek extension to finish building Driftwood LNG Terminal and pipeline

On Oct. 4, 2023, Driftwood LNG LLC and Driftwood Pipeline LLC submitted a request to extend the deadline to finish building the proposed Driftwood LNG Terminal and associated pipeline. The pipeline would transport natural gas to the terminal, and the terminal would produce 27.6 million tons of liquefied natural gas annually. If approved, the extension would give the companies an additional three years, until April 18, 2029, to construct and place the projects into service. Comments on the proposed extension can be submitted here until Oct. 26, 2023 (dockets CP17-117 and CP17-118).

Draft operating permit issued for West Texas gas plant

On Oct. 6, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued an initial draft operating permit to WTG North Permian Midstream for its Red Lake Gas Plant, a new 400 million cubic feet per day gas processing plant located in Martin County, Texas. Public comments can be submitted until at least Nov. 6, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit would let largest crude oil storage facility in U.S. continue operations

On Oct. 10, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit renewal for Energy Transfer’s Nederland Crude Terminal, located in Jefferson County, Texas. Public comments can be submitted until at least Nov. 9, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

Public comment open on wastewater discharge permit at crude oil processing plant near Houston

On Oct. 10, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice of preliminary decision to modify the wastewater discharge permit for Kinder Morgan’s Condensate Splitter Facility in Harris County, Texas. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 9, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Natural gas pipeline company planning to expand capacity in Delaware and Maryland

On Oct. 11, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice requesting comments on potential environmental issues related to the Worcester Resiliency Upgrade Project, which would increase storage and transport capacity in Delaware and Maryland along Eastern Shore Natural Gas LLC’s pipeline. Comments on the proposed project can be submitted here until Nov. 10, 2023 (docket CP23-536).

Wastewater discharge monitoring requirements to be removed at Corpus Christi refinery

On Oct. 12, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice of preliminary decision to modify the wastewater discharge permit for CITGO’s Corpus Christi Refinery in Nueces County, Texas. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 13, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Regulatory agency to issue wastewater discharge permit to storage terminal in Southeast Texas

On Oct. 12, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice of preliminary decision to modify the wastewater discharge permit for Motiva’s Port Arthur Terminal in Jefferson County, Texas. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 13, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit would allow construction of southeast Texas ethylene cracker

On Oct. 12, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft construction permit for the proposed Nederland Ethylene Cracker. The cracker could emit up to five million tons of greenhouse gases per year—well above the average coal-fired power plant. Public comments can be submitted at least until November 13, 2023: please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit would allow western Louisiana compressor station to increase emissions

On Oct. 12, 2023, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued a draft operating permit modification and renewal to the Cheniere Gillis Compressor Station in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. The permit would increase emission limits for the compressor. Public comments on the proposed permit can be submitted until Nov. 16, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

FERC accepting comments on proposed new compressor station in western South Carolina

On Sept. 28, 2023, Carolina Gas Transmission submitted an application to construct and operate the Aiken Compressor Expansion Project, which would include installation of a new compressor station in Aiken County, South Carolina. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting comments on the application until Dec. 5, 2023 (docket CP23-549); please see the public notice for more information.

New projects announced:

Oklahoma-based company planning two major pipeline expansions

ONEOK is planning to expand its natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline capacity with two new projects: an expansion of the Elk Creek Pipeline, which transports NGLs from eastern Montana to central Kansas, and an expansion of the WTX NGL Pipeline in the Permian Basin. Few details have been released about the Elk Creek Expansion, but the WTX NGL expansion would involve construction of 550 miles of new pipeline and could be completed by 2025.

Construction Updates:

DOE announces federal funding for seven hydrogen hubs

On Oct. 13, 2023, the Department of Energy announced seven regional hydrogen hubs that will receive a cumulative $7 billion in funding. The selected projects include the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2), which would involve construction of four facilities in West Virginia (in Mingo County, Wood County, Mason County, and Kanawha County), and the Heartland Hydrogen Hub, which would include facilities in Wright County and Stevens County, Minnesota. A full list of funded hydrogen hubs is available in the announcement.

Updates for the week of Oct. 9, 2023

The location of Calumet's refinery in Dickinson, Texas, southeast of Houston. The plant is seeking a permit to increase its wastewater discharge to nearby Dickson Bayou.

Public comment opportunities:

Public comment period open on Houston-area refinery’s request to increase wastewater discharge to Dickinson Bayou

On Oct. 6, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice of preliminary decision for the modification of the wastewater discharge permit for the Calumet Dickinson Plant in Galveston County, Texas. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 2, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit would let Enterprise gas plant in West Texas continue operations

On Sept. 19, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposed a draft renewal of Newberry Gas Processing Plant’s operating permit. The plant is part of Enterprise Midstream’s Midland Basin Processing Complex and is located in Midland County, Texas. Public comment on the proposed operating permit is open at least until Oct. 19, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

Houston chemical plant seeks operating permit renewal

On Oct. 4, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposed a draft renewal of the operating permit for TPC Group’s Houston Plant. The plant, located in Harris County, produces petrochemicals used to make products like synthetic rubbers, fuel additives, and plastics. Public comment on the proposed operating permit is open at least until Nov. 4, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

State agency poised to let Houston refinery continue discharging wastewater to San Jacinto River Basin

On Oct. 3, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice of preliminary decision for the renewal of the wastewater discharge permit for LyondellBasell’s Houston Refinery in Harris County, Texas. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Nov. 5, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

FERC accepting comments on proposed expansion of Sabine Pass LNG terminal

On Oct. 6, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice requesting comments on potential environmental issues related to the Sabine Pass Stage 5 Expansion Project, which would increase the liquefied natural gas terminal’s processing capacity by 19.5 million metric tons per year. Comments on the proposed project can be submitted here until Nov. 6, 2023 (docket PF23-2).

Permit applications submitted:

Companies seek extension to finish Driftwood LNG terminal and pipeline in Louisiana

On Oct. 4, 2023, Driftwood LNG LLC and Driftwood Pipeline LLC submitted a request to extend the deadline to finish building the proposed Driftwood LNG Terminal and associated pipeline. The pipeline would transport natural gas to the terminal, and the terminal would produce 27.6 million tons of liquefied natural gas annually for export. If approved, the extension would give the companies an additional three years, until April 18, 2029, to build the projects and place them into service.

Construction updates:

Construction permit issued for hydrogen plant supplying Southeast Texas ammonia facility

On Oct. 5, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a construction permit for Linde’s proposed hydrogen plant in Jefferson County, Texas, near the Louisiana state line. The plant would produce 300,000 tons per year of hydrogen, which will supply the proposed OCI Clean Ammonia Complex.

New projects announced:

New ammonia plant proposed for Houston Ship Channel

Four companies are proposing to build a new ammonia plant on the Houston Ship Channel. The plant would produce more than 1.1 million tons of ammonia annually, most of which would be exported to Asia, and the companies plan to capture and sequester at least 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the manufacturing process each year.

Company plans to build carbon sequestration hub in Texas's Permian Basin

Ozona CCS LLC announced plans to build a carbon capture and sequestration hub in the Permian basin of West Texas. The proposed hub would have the capacity to store 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which would be captured at oil and gas facilities in the Permian Basin and transported by pipeline to multiple sequestration wells, each able to inject 25,000 barrels per day

Updates for the week of Oct. 2, 2023

The location of the Sasol Greens Bayou Plant in Houston, which is seeking a renewal of its permit to continue discharging wastewater into Greens Bayou.

Public comment opportunities:

State agency poised to let Houston petrochemical plant continue discharging wastewater to Greens Bayou

On Sept. 27, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued notice of preliminary decision for the renewal of the wastewater discharge permit for the Sasol Greens Bayou Plant in Houston. Comments on the proposed permit can be submitted at least until Oct. 27, 2023. Please see the public notice for more information.

Natural gas liquids export terminal, pipeline would impact 550 acres of Texas wetlands

TXGC LLC plans to build a natural gas liquids (NGL) export terminal in Sabine Pass, Texas, as well as a pipeline connecting the Mont Belvieu Fractionator in Chambers County, Texas, to the new NGL terminal. The proposed export terminal and pipeline would impact more than 550 total acres of wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comments on the application until Oct. 20, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

Company applies to expand natural gas storage in Jefferson County, Texas

On Sept. 12, 2023, Golden Triangle Storage LLC applied to expand its existing natural gas storage site in Jefferson County, Texas. Gas stored at the site in underground salt dome caverns. The expansion would add two new caverns to increase storage capacity by 14.4 billion cubic feet. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting comments on the proposed expansion until Oct. 20, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

Draft permit proposed for new unit at Southeast Texas plastics plant

On Sept. 27, 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft permit that, if approved, would authorize construction of a new ethylene derivatives unit at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Orange Polyethylene Plant in Orange County, Texas. Public comments on the draft permit are being accepted at least until Oct. 27, 2023; please see the public notice for more information.

Construction updates:

Company hits pause on construction of polymer plant in Corpus Christi, Texas

On Sept 27, 2023, Corpus Christi Polymers announced that construction on its planned polymer resin plant near Corpus Christi, Texas, has been paused while it considers unexpected costs and a labor shortage. The project was first permitted in 2014 but has undergone several delays, including another construction interruption in July 2020. The plant is supposed to begin operations in early 2025.

Permit applications submitted:

Algonquin Gas Transmission plans to expand existing gas pipeline in New England, New York

Algonquin Gas Transmission announced that it plans to expand pipeline capacity between Salem, Massachusetts, and Ramapo, New York, along its existing gas pipeline. Algonquin will submit an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission once its bidding process is complete on Nov. 17, 2023.