Energy news in brief

** Cheniere Energy, Inc. in Houston announced has received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct, and operate the Corpus Christi Stage 3 expansion project. Corpus Christi Stage 3 is being developed for up to seven midscale liquefaction trains  with total aggregate expected nominal production capacity of approximately 10 million tonnes per annum of LNG. The Corpus Christi Stage 3 site is adjacent to the three liquefaction Trains operating or under construction at the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, and together the two projects are expected to have a total nominal production capacity of approximately 25 mtpa.

** Berkeley, California is being hauled into court over its recently adopted ban of natural gas. A lawsuit was filed by the California Restaurant Association which contends the natural gas ban violates existing law and will hurt businesses.

** Demonstrators opposed to a liquefied natural gas pipeline and a marine export terminal in Oregon flooded into the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday and staged a sit-in at the governor’s office before police moved in to arrest them. The hundreds of protesters demanded Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, oppose the project they say will encourage further use of fossil fuels that leads to global warming, and risk spoiling the land and ocean with spills.

** The Trump administration is set to consider expanded oil drilling and a new management plan for Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.