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CLNG Applauds Legislation Clarifying LNG Export Process

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) today commended the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for supporting a provision in the proposed Energy Policy Modernization Act that will offer greater certainty to the United States’ natural gas industry. Under …

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Center for Liquefied Natural Gas Responds to Energy Bill

Yesterday the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released its proposed bipartisan legislation, The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. Included within the Bill is the requirement that the Secretary of Energy issue a decision on any project seeking to …

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Infographic: Legislation Providing Regulatory Certainty Needed for LNG Exports

Clear and Consistent Process Will Stimulate Economic Growth and Job Creation Allowing the sale of U.S. natural gas abroad will create thousands of jobs in the United States, generate millions of dollars in new tax revenue for federal, state, and …

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CLNG Thanks Senators for Supporting LNG Exports, Continues Push for Legislation

Earlier today the Senate completed its consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act. The conclusion of debate means that an amendment introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) to set a 45 day limit for the Department of Energy …

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NGSA and CLNG Announce Intended Combination

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 7, 2015) — The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) and the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) today announced their intent to combine.

“Bringing CLNG under the NGSA umbrella will increase the effectiveness of both associations,” said Dena E. Wiggins, president and CEO of NGSA. “CLNG will benefit from the leverage of natural gas suppliers as well as LNG producers, shippers, terminal operators and developers working together toward common LNG goals.

“To date, CLNG’s efforts have resulted in significant progress towards the realization of U.S. LNG exports. LNG exports represent an important future market for our members’ production, and one of NGSA’s strengths is supporting well-functioning markets.”

“CLNG would maintain its mission, brand and identity and have a stronger platform for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas’s advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the LNG industry,” said CLNG Board Chairman Bruce E. Henderson.

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CLNG Responds to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on LNG Exports

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.

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CLNG Applauds Passage of H.R. 351

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.”

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CLNG Responds to DOE’s Final Rule Change on Reviewing LNG Export Applications to Non-FTA Countries

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.”

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CLNG Cheers House Committee on Energy and Commerce Vote on H.R. 6

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.

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CLNG Welcomes Jordan Cove Energy Project Non-FTA LNG Export Approval

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.”

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