Our two LNG facilities are located near areas rich in biodiversity. That closeness to nature informs our respect for biodiversity throughout our operations. In fact, biodiversity factors were considered as part of our determination to minimize construction and operational impacts when we built our two LNG terminals. We’ve also implemented several coastal restoration and mitigation projects — all as our effort to support the biodiversity surrounding our operations.
Compliance and oversight
As required by our permitting authorities, we conduct environmental assessments before implementing projects. Each assessment considers biodiversity issues, such as potential effects on sensitive species and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. We provide a detailed environmental review of our major Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated projects, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
A biodiversity impact assessment is a key feature of our project-planning process, especially on major projects overseen by FERC. Our experts study potential site locations and perform a robust analysis of the species and habitats in the area, identifying stakeholders and consulting with other relevant federal and state regulatory agencies. We hold public discussions to solicit input from the public and agencies about the project and integrate the results with process information, our commitments, potential impacts and proposed strategies into resource reports. We outline our strategy for mitigating any potential negative biodiversity impacts during the entirety of the project and conduct field and route surveys to support our regulatory applications.
Our LNG facilities and pipelines are not located in areas of protected conservation status or critical habitat. Construction activities to expand our facilities will not cause additional disturbance to terrestrial areas. In line with our environmental policy, we carefully manage projects with an emphasis on reducing and mitigating environmental impacts. Beyond compliance with environmental and wildlife protection laws and regulations, we have developed internal policies and procedures to safeguard ecosystems and wildlife, which outlines our approach for interacting with wildlife identified on Cheniere property.