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APGA files motion against Venture Global LNG

LNG Industry,

On June 26, APGA filed a motion to intervene in protest with the Department of Energy (DOE) in response to an LNG export application by Venture Global LNG.

Venture Global LNG plans to export approximately 243.6 billion ft3/year to free trade agreement (FTA) and non-FTA countries from a planned natural gas liquefaction and LNG export terminal to be located along the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

In cases where an application has been filed for FTA countries, the application is deemed to be consistent with the public interest and granted without modification or delay. In cases where an application is seeking exportation of LNG to non-FTA countries, the burden is on those opposed to the application to demonstrate to the DOE that the application is not consistent with the public interest. APGA has stated that the burden of proof should be shifted to exporting companies, so that companies seeking to export LNG should have to prove to the DOE that exporting LNG is in the public interest.

As communicated in previous LNG export filings, APGA states that LNG exports from the lower 48 state will have adverse impacts on gas prices and will threaten an opportunity to reduce our energy dependence. In this filing, APGA has additionally communicated that suspending this proceeding and all other pending applications would be consistent with the DOE’s recent decision to commission new studies regarding the impact of LNG exports on domestic prices.

The DOE has so far received 42 applications to export domestic LNG from the contiguous United States to FTA or non-FTA nations. The total export capacity applied for to date is 39.31 billion ft3/day and 35.95 billion ft3/day to FTA and non-FTA nations, respectively.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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