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Congress reacts to DOE’s proposed changes

LNG Industry,

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), author of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed procedural changes to the authorisation of US LNG exports:

“Rather than working with Congress to fix the problem, the administration announces an abrupt move to introduce new excuses to delay an already broken process. This action will further slow down approvals and could discourage investment in export projects.

“Instead of adding more uncertainty to the process, we need a solution that brings an end to the existing queue. H.R. 6 is the answer, which passed our committee with bipartisan support. By simply requiring DOE to make a decision, we can avoid more Keystone-like delays and send a much-needed and immediate signal to our allies, and our enemies, that American natural gas will be an available source of affordable energy.”

Generally positive response

The DOE's proposals have in general been received positively, albeit with slight caution. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the senior Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said on Friday that the proposed changes represented a positive step forward for LNG export projects. During that day, Magnolia LNG Chairman Mr Maurice Brand said that his company "generally supported" the regulatory changes. Yesterday, the IECA said that it supported the changes but that caution must be exercised due to the long periods over which LNG export projects span.


Edited from various sources by Ted Monroe

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