U.S. House Passes Bill to Expedite LNG Exports

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, which includes provisions to expedite LNG exports in Title III, the “Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act.’’  The provisions require that, for applications to export gas involving new facilities subject to FERC or U.S. Maritime Administration approval, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issue a final decision within 30 days after the environmental review of the facilities is completed.  The bill also includes a provision providing that, as a condition of approval, the Secretary of Energy shall require LNG export applicants to publicly disclose the specific destination of LNG exports.  A UPI report predicts the bill will “die in the Senate amid criticism House leaders are pushing their energy agenda in the run up to November elections.”

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