From the Sierra Club om Thursday:




Sierra Club statement: New rules at Department of Energy for LNG export applications



 



The Department of Energy today proposed significant changes in the way it will handle liquefied natural gas export applications, including no longer issuing conditional approvals prior to environmental review, and taking into account the increased climate pollution associated with drilling and fracking for gas. The Sierra Club has been requesting these changes for over two years.



 



In response, Sierra Club attorney Nathan Matthews released the following statement:



 



"The Sierra Club applauds the Department of Energy for proposing to end the practice of conditionally approving LNG export applications before an environmental review has been conducted, as well as recognizing the need to consider LNG's entire emissions footprint, from the wellhead on. It's never made sense to evaluate LNG exports without knowing the impact they would have on the environment and on our climate, so this announcement is a step in the right direction.



 



"The Department of Energy is part of an administration that wants to address climate disruption head-on. The Sierra Club looks forward to commenting on the new materials and working with DOE to make them a cornerstone of the administration's climate legacy. DOE must update these drafts to reflect the many recent studies that show that EPA has drastically underestimated the amount of methane leaked during gas production. Once DOE looks at the full impact of LNG exports--from drilling and fracking in the US to the potential displacement of clean energy in importing countries --we will all gain a more complete understanding of the effects LNG export will have on our climate."




 

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