Proposed $8.5 billion Plaquemines LNG terminal and pipeline faces environmental review

The environmental impacts caused by the construction and operation of a proposed $8.5 billion Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Terminal will be discussed during a public meeting hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Belle Chasse on Tuesday (Dec. 11.)

Those effects include the facilty’s status as a new major emitter of greenhouse gases that help cause global warming, and more than 800 acres of wetlands impacted by construction of the terminal and an associated pipeline, according to the draft environmental Impact statement released in November by FERC. The document also cited a variety of other air and water impacts on area wildlife and on nearby residents.

“The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIS, would have some adverse environmental impacts,” said the report. “These impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Venture Global’s proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in the draft EIS.”

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