Calls for DOE to Follow the Rules and Process All Pending Applications
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2013) — Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper challenged the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) queue for deciding LNG export applications as arbitrary and unlawful while testifying today before the House Energy Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power’s hearing, “U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export.”
“Although I commend DOE for their good work in approving the Sabine Pass and Freeport LNG export applications, the problem is that there is no certainty as to when DOE will make a decision on the remaining 15 applications. Once the public comment period ends, DOE should make a decision based on the merits of the application. DOE’s effort to proceed by arbitrarily creating its own queue to approve LNG export applications is unlawful, and essentially changes the rules midstream,” said Cooper.