The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Kinder Morgan the approval to build its Gulf LNG export project in Mississippi in a 3-1 vote. The proposed project would add 11.5 million metric tons of new capacity to Kinder Morgan's terminal in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which would include two liquefaction plants.
Some Democrats opposed and concerned about LNG terminals' impacts on climate change, but FERC Chairman Neil Chaterjee praised the vote tweeting, "This is big news for the US & our allies. Today's approval of #GulfLNG is significant for the economy & America's geopolitical interests."
The company initially developed the Gulf LNG site as a liquefied natural gas import terminal in 2009. But with record production from U.S. shale plays creating a surplus of natural gas, the company filed an application with FERC in July 2015 seeking permission to redevelop part of the site as an export terminal.
The project will also modify the existing Gulf LNG Pipeline allow for bidirectional flow. It's the fifth LNG export project the agency has approved so far this year.