In response to today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on S. 33, the “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act,” Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing emphasizes the wide consensus among energy experts, economists and policymakers: Liquefied natural gas exports will be an economic boon to the U.S., creating jobs and investment while enhancing our trading partnerships. Thanks to our abundance of natural gas supplies, the U.S. is uniquely positioned to both meet domestic demand and still bring real wealth back into this country by selling a small percentage of our surplus natural gas to our friends and allies abroad. CLNG applauds today’s hearing participants for urging strong bipartisan legislative action to move these projects forward so that all Americans can experience the clear benefits provided by LNG exports.”
Originally cosponsored by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), S. 33 enjoys bipartisan support. The bill will expedite the approval process for LNG exports to countries with whom the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement, by requiring the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a final decision no later than 45 days after the close of a project’s National Environmental Policy Act review.
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) praises today’s 277 to 133 passage of H.R. 351, the “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.” The bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), brings regulatory certainty to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) permitting process for liquefied natural gas exports by requiring that the department issue a final decision on any application to export LNG no later than 30 days after the conclusion of a project’s National Environmental Policy Act review.
Following the vote, CLNG President Bill Cooper issued this statement:
“CLNG applauds the House of Representatives’ bipartisan solution to bring regulatory certainty to the permitting process for LNG export applications by implementing a deadline for DOE to act.
“The passage of H.R. 351 sends a strong signal that the United States is committed to its role as an energy leader.”
Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper issued the following statement upon the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) implementation of its new procedure to only issue final approvals for applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries after applicants have completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review:
“CLNG continues to believe that DOE should adopt procedural changes to eliminate delays in the agency’s review process and reduce ongoing regulatory uncertainty. We have serious reservations about the direction of DOE’s procedural landscape.
“Given recent rule changes, CLNG urges DOE to provide regulatory certainty by instituting a policy of prompt approval for final non-FTA export permits following NEPA review. For projects that meet the requirements under NEPA, DOE should set a timeline as to when it issues the final decisions. When developers have already faced a lengthy waiting period for a conditional approval and completed the FERC process, continued regulatory uncertainty is not beneficial. Rather, the development of these projects and the economic benefits they will deliver to this country should be expedited.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2014) — Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reported H.R. 6 to the House floor. The “Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act”, introduced by Reps. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, would accelerate the approval of Department of Energy permits to export U.S. liquefied natural gas. Following the vote, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas President Bill Cooper issued this statement:
“The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas applauds the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for reporting H.R. 6 to the floor.
“The Committee’s bipartisan action sends a message to the rest of the world of growing Congressional support for the United States re-emergence as a global energy leader.
“In light of bipartisan and bicameral support for accelerated LNG exports, I urge the full House to take action on this bill to accelerate the permitting of LNG export applications.
Following today’s order from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conditionally approving Jordan Cove Energy Project’s non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Coos Bay, Ore., Center for Liquefied Natural Gas President Bill Cooper issued this statement:
“The crisis in Ukraine has focused the world’s attention on the United States’ role as a global energy leader. We should not shy away from this role; we should embrace it. DOE recognized as much in its conditional order by stating: ‘To the extent U.S. exports can diversify global LNG supplies, and increase the volumes of LNG available globally, it will improve energy security for many U.S. allies and trading partners.’ Thanks to an abundance of natural gas, the U.S. is in the unique position of being able to supply our allies and trading partners in times of crisis, while maintaining affordable domestic natural gas prices and bringing wealth into the country. With widespread support for LNG exports from lawmakers, economists and energy experts, it’s time for the administration to allow the U.S. realize this opportunity and act quickly on the remaining applications.”
Urges DOE to Continue Momentum
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 11, 2014) — Following today’s order from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conditionally approving Cameron LNG’s non-free trade agreement application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Hackberry, La., Center for Liquefied Natural Gas President Bill Cooper issued this statement:
“The approval order for Cameron LNG is an incremental victory for our economy and our workforce, industries and trading partners. I congratulate Cameron LNG for reaching this important milestone. The pending applications in DOE’s queue represent a tremendous opportunity to grow the U.S. economy by unleashing billions of dollars of investment, while creating thousands of jobs and increasing revenues to state and local governments. By deciding those pending applications expeditiously as DOE’s rules require, those projects will have a chance to compete in the international marketplace and bring dollars back to the United States. If not, the winner will be attrition, which really means no winner at all.
“There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that LNG exports are in the public interest. We urge DOE to consider all pending applications without delay.”
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper released the following statement:
“President Obama’s remarks about America’s growing energy prospects are correct. Natural gas development has transformed this country. However, for the United States to reach its full energy potential, including the creation of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in GDP growth and greater revenues for state and local governments, the administration must allow LNG exports to move forward. Expediting the permitting process at the Department of Energy will provide Americans the full benefit of our energy abundance. I urge the President to empower Secretary Moniz to quickly process these applications to allow American projects to compete in the global LNG marketplace.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 17, 2013) — Following the order from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approving Lake Charles Exports’ non-free trade agreement application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), Center for Liquefied Natural Gas President Bill Cooper issued the statement below:
“The approval order for Lake Charles Exports is a welcome announcement. However, this is one approval, and there are 19 more applications awaiting DOE action. For 16 of the 19 pending applications, the comment periods have closed. Consequently, there should be no new information to consider. The facts are clear: Increased LNG exports will unlock significant benefits to our economy, workforce and trade partnerships. It is time for DOE to follow its rules and act quickly on the pending applications. This opportunity to grow American exports will not last forever.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 20, 2013) — Today an amendment to H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, was soundly defeated by a vote of 142 to 276. The amendment, offered by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), sought to require all natural gas produced on public lands to be offered for sale only in the United States. Following the vote, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper issued the following statement:
“The defeat of this amendment by an even wider margin than previous votes on similar amendments demonstrates growing momentum in Congress for liquefied natural gas exports. We commend the members who voted to defeat this harmful amendment today. If passed, this protectionist amendment would have been a restraint on trade and free markets. It would have threatened thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments as the private sector looks to natural gas exports as an additional market for abundant supply of domestically produced natural gas. With the defeat of this amendment, the House of Representatives reaffirms its commitment to free trade.”
Following the order from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approving Freeport LNG Expansion and FLNG Liquefaction’s non-free trade agreement application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), Center for Liquefied Natural Gas President Bill Cooper issued the statement below:
“DOE’s approval order for Freeport LNG Expansion and FLNG Liquefaction is welcome news and we now strongly urge DOE to move forward more rapidly with the remaining non-FTA applications still pending with their office. Thanks to an abundance of natural gas, the United States is in the unique position of being able to export some to our trading partners abroad which will bring wealth into the country, create jobs across the value chain and benefit our domestic industries and consumers. With widespread support for LNG exports from lawmakers, economists and energy experts, it’s time for DOE to help the U.S. realize this economic opportunity and act quickly on the remaining applications.”