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Becoming an intervenor against the Port of Brownsville LNG export terminals

The information below is based on the FERC Intervene How-to-Guide and should not be construed as legal advice.


Who can be an intervenor?

  • Any resident of a community near the Port of Brownsville whose health, safety, property value and/or home may be impacted by the facilities

  • A landowner who is directly impacted by the LNG terminals or by their pipelines

  • Fishing- and shrimping-related businesses which rely on free access to the Brownsville Ship Channel, along with clean water and healthy wetlands

  • An individual or business that relies on a healthy tourism industry for their income

  • A person who uses the general area of the proposed LNG export terminals or the route of the LNG carrier ships for recreation

  • An organization that represents one of the constituencies above

  • A municipality that could be impacted by the proposed LNG export terminals

Why should I become an intervenor?


How can I file a motion to intervene?

  • It shows how strongly you are opposed to the LNG projects.

  • It preserves your rights to bring a legal challenge should you wish to do so down the road.

  • It ensures you will be fully informed about every step of the process as it goes forward through email notifications.

  • You must submit a statement online to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at  FERC is the agency that will make the decision to approve or deny the LNG export terminals.

  • You do not need an attorney to file. It is a quick and straightforward process. 

  • Follow the step-by-step instructions on our PDF to use the online process at the FERC website.


Step-by-step instructions for FERC's online filing process


Video guide to filing a motion to intervene through the FERC website

What should the motion to intervene include?

  • You must clearly state your position on the LNG projects and the basis for that position.

  • You should provide details which show that your interests will be directly affected by the outcome of FERC’s decision about the LNG export terminals.

When do I need to submit my motion to intervene?

  • You will have 21 days to file after FERC accepts the application of each LNG company.  The deadline will be published in FERC’s application notice for the company.

  • You will need to file an online motion for each company by the dates below and send a copy of your motion to the company:

  1. Texas LNG           Docket no. CP16-116-000    Motion Due May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST, SEND TO: and

  2. Rio Grande LNG    Docket no. CP16-454 Motion Due June 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm EDT, SEND TO: and

  3. Rio Bravo Pipeline (to feed Rio Grande LNG terminal) Docket no. CP16-455 Motion Due June 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm EDT, Contact: and

  4. Annova LNG         Docket no. CP16-480 Motion Due August 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm EDT

    ​SEND TO: and 

How do I know if my motion to intervene is accepted?

How know
  • FERC has 15 days to deny your motion to intervene.  If no answer is given within 25 days, you automatically become an intervenor.

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