One thing up with which even FERC will not put is a late filing fee! FERC warned Strom about that $24,260 filing fee on 21 July 2014. One month and one day later, FERC called the whole thing off. But don’t assume that means Strom is giving up: it may be back with another try for Starke, in Bradford County, Florida, in the Santa Fe River watershed and a short truck drive to the St Johns River watershed. And remember three other Florida LNG export operations already have authorization from DoE’s Office of Fossil Energy.
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has dismissed Strom Inc.’s petition for declaratory order (PDO), which requested that its mobile liquefaction unit be eligible to export LNG with exemption from FERC’s jurisdiction under the Natural Gas Act.
Strom, based in Florida, was hoping to be granted the permit on the basis that it was employing a mobile conversion unit (supplied by General Electric and termed ‘LNG in a box’) as opposed to constructing a terminal.
The PDO was not accepted due to the fact that Strom failed to submit its filing fee, the FERC said.
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
NOTICE TO DISMISS PETITION
FOR DECLARATORY ORDER AND TERMINATE DOCKET
(August 22, 2014)
On March 24, 2014, in Docket No. CP14-121-000, Strom, Inc. (Strom) filed a petition for issuance of a declaratory order requesting that the Commission find Stromâ€™s use of a mobile natural gas liquefaction unit to export natural gas will not be subject to the Commissionâ€™s jurisdiction under the Natural Gas Act. Accompanying its petition for a declaratory order, Strom submitted a petition for a waiver of the filing fee for issuance of a declaratory order.
On July 21, 2014, the Commission issued an order denying Stromâ€™s request to waive its filing fee, finding that Strom did not provide any explanation why it should be granted a waiver based on economic hardship.1 Pursuant to section 381.302(c) of the Commissionâ€™s regulations,2 the Commission provided Strom 30 days from the Orderâ€™s date of issuance (i.e., until August 20, 2014) to submit its filing fee; otherwise the Commission would not act on Stromâ€™s petition for declaratory order, and would issue a notice terminating the docket.
Because Strom has not submitted the filing fee within the required time, Stromâ€™s petition for declaratory order is dismissed, and Docket No. CP14-121-000 is terminated.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
1 Strom, Inc., 148 FERC Â¶ 61,053 (2014).
2 18 CFR 381.302(c) (2014).