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WASHINGTON — Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (FERC) voted 2-1 to advance Venture Global’s proposed Calcasieu Pass 2 Liquefied Natural Gas (CP2 LNG) project in Southwest Louisiana. Commissioner Allison Clements dissented, in her last meeting of her term as a FERC commissioner.

The project will now go before the Department of Energy in pursuit of a crucial export authorization, but that agency has issued a temporary pause in reviewing applications to export LNG. CP2’s emissions are equivalent to more than 42 million gas-powered cars, or 46 coal-fired power plants.

Kelsey Crane, Senior Policy Advocate at Earthworks said: 

“FERC has once again threatened the Biden administration’s own climate and environmental justice policies by advancing what could be the third largest fracked gas export project in Southwest Louisiana. If CP2 is constructed, Louisianans will be forced to breathe dirtier air, pay higher energy bills, and lose important livelihoods in the fishing industry. The United States will emit more greenhouse gas pollution and continue delaying the impending, just transition to clean energy. President Biden cannot allow this decision to stand and has to stop letting his agencies approve new fossil fuel projects in the Gulf South.”