On July 23, 2019, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee announced that the Commission is establishing a new Division of LNG Facility Review & Inspection (“DLNG”), within its Office of Energy Projects, to handle the growing number of complex applications to site, build, and operate liquified natural gas export terminals. Prior to the establishment of this division, FERC had only thirteen staff dedicated to reviewing and analyzing applications for LNG facilities. With the expansion, however, the DLNG will have twenty dedicated staff in FERC’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and eight staff in the Commission’s new Houston Regional Office. In its press release describing its new office, Chairman Chatterjee stated that Houston was chosen for DLNG’s second location because a significant amount of work related to the LNG projects, along with the necessary expertise, is in and around the Houston area.
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