A press release received on Thursday from the Center for Liquified Natural Gas;
January 17, 2013
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Mayors’ Letters to Sec. Chu in Support of
LNG Exports Featured in the News
By Nick Snow
Excerpt:“A group of US Midcontinent mayors and the American Petroleum Institute separately urged the US Department of Energy to authorize LNG exports.
‘We should be well beyond simply kicking the can down the road. It’s urgent that we accelerate this process,’ Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said in a teleconference.
An hour later, API Senior Economist John C. Felmy told reporters, ‘The government’s own analysis shows that gas exports could benefit the entire US economy. If exports were allowed, more gas could be produced, and additional supplies would enhance our energy security, not reduce it.’”
By Talia Buford
Excerpt: “LNG export advocates ramped up their campaign to pressure the Obama administration to grant permission for shipments of the fuel, battling against a new push from some big gas buyers to keep the nation’s supplies at home.
A coalition of energy patch mayors from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma sent letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu Thursday, urging him to expedite the process for approving LNG export permits and licensing approvals.
‘As the mayor of a government, I know how easy it is to kick the can down the road,” said Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, who was among the letter writers. ‘We should be beyond that at this point in time. I’m trying to express the urgency with which we should evaluate this process.’”
By Brian Scheid
Excerpt:“On Thursday, Tulsa, Oklahoma Mayor Dewey Bartlett sent a package of letters signed by 16 other mayors of cities in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, urging him to speed up the approval of LNG export facilities.
‘In our collective view, it is time to bring a renewed sense of urgency to the approval process,’ Bartlett wrote.
Bartlett wrote that there was trepidation that LNG exports facilities were being developed ‘aggressively’ in Australia and Canada with government backing.
‘In fact, it is estimated that more than 2 percent of the GDP in Australia will be tied to LNG exports after 2016,’ Bartlett wrote.”
In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Bartlett said restrictions on LNG exports represent a ‘missed opportunity’ for municipalities throughout the US who depend on energy jobs. Bartlett said a recent study found that 191,000 of Tulsa's 400,000 jobs were related to the oil and natural gas industry.”
Read more about the benefits of natural gas exports at CLNG’s new LNG initiative website: http://lnginitiative.org/
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.