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Senator Hoeven offers LNG export compromise

LNG Industry,

Senator John Hoeven, member of the US Senate Energy Committee, has introduced S.2638, the LNG Certainty Act. The act offers compromise legislation to expedite permitting of LNG facilities.

The bill requires the Department of Energy to make a National Interest Determination within 45 days of a company filing an application to export LNG with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Quick decision

Currently, companies apply to both FERC and DOE to receive a LNG permit. The FERC application usually takes between six months to a year to file. Hoeven’s legislation would require the DOE to make a decision within 45 days of the completion of the FERC application.

Simple compromise

Hoeven said the legislation is a simple compromise between proposals offered by Republicans and Democrats because it keeps DOE in the process, however provides certainty by placing a reasonable timeline for DOE to make a decision. The senator is calling for a hearing on the proposal in the Energy Committee as soon as possible.

Concrete solution

Commenting on the legislation, Hoeven said: “This is simple, straightforward legislation that provides a set timeline for the Energy Department to make decisions on LNG export permits. This is a compromise between proposals offered by senators on both sides of the aisle and should have enough support to pass through Congress. This legislation is a concrete solution to help us provide energy to our friends and allies. It will weaken Putin’s energy leverage over Europe and encourage the European Union to stand with us on sanctions against Russia.”

Expedite LNG exports

The legislation is a simplified piece of the more comprehensive bill offered earlier this month by Hoeven and Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and John Barrasso. The North Atlantic Energy Security Act would cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring and expedite LNG exports to America’s allies.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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