The US House of Representatives has passed legislation to expedite the federal approval process for the export of LNG.
The House passes Representative Bill Johnson’s legislation, H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, by a bipartisan vote of 277-133. The bill expedites the approval process of LNG export permits that have been delayed by the Department of Energy (DOE).
The bill calls for the DOE to issue a final decision within 30 days for any application to build, expand or operate LNG export facilities that also require authorisation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or the US Marine Administration. The DOE would need to make the decision following the conclusion of any review required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Commenting on the passage of his legislation to Senate, Bill Johnson said: “America is experiencing an energy renaissance because of the oil and natural gas development occurring across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and throughout the United States. We’re now the world’s largest producer of natural gas, and because we have become so efficient at producing this resource, we have an excess supply we can sell to our allies across the globe – allies that have been beholden to the whims of Vladimir Putin’s Russia for their energy needs.
“Most importantly, this legislation is a significant job creator. Some estimates suggest that the construction associated with LNG export terminals would support the creation of 45 000 jobs. Additionally, this bill would further spur our manufacturing industry’s comeback – estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created because of increased natural gas production and development. I’m honored to have been part of the team to usher this bipartisan legislation through the House of Representatives, and I’m hopeful that it will clear the Senate and be placed on President Obama’s desk for his signature.”
Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward
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