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Attorneys General from 16 States Oppose Proposal to Authorize Shipping LNG by Rail

Reuters reports that attorneys general from 16 U.S. states, including California, Maryland and New York, have filed comments with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration opposing a Trump administration proposal to authorize shipments of LNG by rail, “arguing that potential leaks from the shipments pose risks of fiery explosions to...

DOE Authorizes Long-Term Small-Scale LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued orders authorizing long-term “small-scale natural gas exports” to Blue Water Fuels, LLC (Blue Water Fuels) and SpotX Energy, LLC (SpotX). Under DOE’s regulations, “small-scale natural gas exports” are deemed to be consistent with the public interest under section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act. Both Blue Water Fuels and SpotX are authorized...

PHMSA Proposes LNG Transportation by Rail Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”), has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) to authorize the transportation of LNG by rail in DOT-113 specification tank cars. According to the press release, currently, LNG may only be transported via...

China to Increase Tariff on U.S. LNG from 10% to 25%

Reuters reports that in retaliation for a U.S. increase in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, China is set to increase the tariff on U.S. LNG from 10% to 25% starting June 1. The report states that “[s]o far this year, only two LNG vessels have gone from the United States to China, versus 14 during the first four months of 2018 before the start of the 10-month...

DOE Changes LNG Export Destination Reporting Requirement; Proposes Interpretive Rule

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced yesterday that it has issued a policy statement under which it is discontinuing its practice, adopted in 2016, of including an “end use” reporting provision in orders authorizing the export of domestically produced natural gas, including LNG. Currently, many export authorization holders are required to track and report the country (or...

Magnolia LNG FID Pushed Back to 2019

LNG Limited has announced that it has pushed back its final investment decision (FID) for its proposed Magnolia LNG export terminal at Lake Charles, La., from the end of 2018 to the first part of 2019 due to trade tensions with...

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