On Aug. 1, 2016, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews. CEQ issued the guidance in an endeavor “to provide greater clarity and more consistency in how agencies address climate change in the environmental impact assessment process.”  While this Alert focuses on NEPA reviews performed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas projects, it is also instructive to companies contemplating the construction or financing of any major energy or infrastructure project.

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