FERC dismissed Strom Starke LNG for lack of fee payment

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.

Debra Johnson found this FERC Strom denial. It was also noted by Ted Monroe in LNG Industry 1 September 2014, FERC dismisses Strom LNG petition,

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.

Here’s FERC’s own Notice to Dismiss Petition for Declaratory Order and Terminate Docket re Strom, Inc under CP14-121.



Strom, Inc.

Docket No.




(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 Strom’s use of a mobile natural gas liquefaction unit to export natural gas will not be subject to the Commission’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 Strom’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 Commission’s regulations,2 the Commission provided Strom 30 days from the Order’s date of issuance (i.e., until August 20, 2014) to submit its filing fee; otherwise the Commission would not act on Strom’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, Strom’s petition for declaratory order is dismissed, and Docket No. CP14-121-000 is terminated.

Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,

Deputy Secretary.

1 Strom, Inc., 148 FERC ¶ 61,053 (2014).

2 18 CFR 381.302(c) (2014).


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