From the Centerr for Liquified Natural Gas today:
CLNG President Responds to Proposed Changes to LNG Export Decision Process
Washington, D.C.: Today the Department of Energy (DOE) announced proposed changes in its process for evaluating liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications. In addition to several new studies, under the proposed changes DOE would issue a final public interest determinations only after environmental reviews from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are complete, instead of the current procedure of issuing conditional orders before FERC review is finished.
In response to these proposed changes, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) Bill Cooper released the following statement:
"While CLNG appreciates the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recognition that the approval process for non-Free Trade Agreement (NFTA) LNG export applications must be changed, legitimate questions remain about the impact of DOE’s new proposal on pending applicants. Continued delays will put at risk the significant economic benefits of exports to the US economy. CLNG welcomes proposals to accelerate the approval of pending export applications and allow markets to determine which projects will ultimately be completed.
"Multiple authoritative independent studies have established the benefits of LNG exports. The DOE’s own third party report, found that LNG exports – at all volumes considered – are a win-win for our economy, consumers and workforce. While we appreciate DOE’s recognition that change to the process is necessary, we hold to our position that the current process, and its possible derivatives, are not grounded in a sound legal framework. We look forward to engaging with DOE during the comment period to arrive at a process that accelerates, and does not impede, the development of projects that have adapted in good faith to shifting regulatory parameters.”
Read more about the benefits of natural gas exports at CLNG’s LNG initiative website: http://lnginitiative.org/