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Senators Urge DOE to Move Forward with LNG Application Approvals

July 13, 2013 – On Capitol Hill yesterday, thirty four Senators from both sides of the aisle signed a letter to Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz advising him to speed up the approval process of 20 pending applications for terminals to export liquefied natural gas that are currently sitting with the Department of Energy.  Led by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), the group emphasized the importance of expediting these permits by evaluating multiple permits at once in the next round of reviews and prioritizing projects that are clearly commercially viable. The letter highlighted that while they appreciate Secretary Moniz’s attention to this issue since his appointment, they still have concerns, stating: “We are concerned that the timeline for considering these applications may jeopardize our ability to retain a competitive position against other natural gas exporting nations who are also working diligently to export LNG.  The fact is there is a global race for market share underway.  American competitors have been at a disadvantage for the past year and a half because DOE has delayed action on pending applications.  We are hopeful and optimistic that DOE will now pursue a winning strategy that allows the U.S. to compete effectively in this global market.” To view the full letter, click...

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