The project, which is a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, includes the development of a liquefied natural gas export terminal at a site located on the La Quinta shipping channel on the northeast side of Corpus Christi Bay in San Patricio County. The 1,000-acre site is owned by Cheniere, and the project will be constructed in phases. Project officials have filed FERC’s application for authorization of the proposed terminal.
“FERC is scheduled to issue the final statement on Oct. 8, and then FERC Commissioners in Washington D.C. will vote on it by the end of the year,” said Cheniere Director of Public Affairs Jason French. “That is one of the major regulatory hurdles to get started on construction. If it is passed, we would be looking at the first half of next year to start construction.”
FERC scheduled the meeting as part of the agency’s recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The agency concluded that, with appropriate mitigating measures, the project would have minimal environmental impact.
French said public comments regarding the project will be considered until Aug. 4.
“This is the first opportunity for the people to (address) FERC,” he added. “We will have representatives at the meeting to answer questions.”
Tuesday’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Portland Community Center.
Portland Mayor David Krebs notified residents of the meeting during a July 1 City Council meeting. Krebs recently visited Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana.
“It’s a wonderful project,” Krebs said. “They’re very safety conscious, so I think that they’re going to be great neighbors.”
French said Cheniere has been hosting small local meetings to inform residents about the project.
“We’ve been having meetings in homes, bringing together 25 to 30 people,” he said. “We had one in Corpus Christi last week.”