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U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Oversight Hearing on LNG and U.S. Geopolitics

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, held a hearing on “Liquefied Natural Gas and U.S. Geopolitics.”  According to the hearing memo, the purpose of the hearing was to “examine the emerging role of the United States in [LNG] markets, and associated benefits of natural gas production, transmission, and exportation for...

Russian LNG Arrives in Boston

The Washington Post reports that a tanker carrying LNG produced at the Yamal facility in the Arctic Circle has docked at the Engie SA Everett LNG import terminal in Boston, Mass.  Russian company Novatek, reported to be Russia’s largest independent producer of natural gas, is the majority owner of the Yamal facility.  Although the U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions in July 2014...

Bills Introduced to Expedite LNG Export Authorizations

On December 11, 2017, U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) introduced two bills related to LNG. The “Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act” (H.R. 4605) would allow domestic LNG suppliers “to export natural gas after completing the FERC review process – instead of waiting even longer for additional approval by the U.S. Department of Energy” (DOE). Tim Ryan (D-OH) is cosponsor of the...

Senate Passes Energy Bill with Provisions to Expedite LNG Exports

Reuters reports that today the U.S. Senate passed S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the “first broad energy bill in nine years” which, among other things, “requires the Department of Energy [DOE] to issue a decision on LNG projects within 45 days of an environmental assessment,” compared to an energy bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives “which...

FERC Defends Rejection of Claims of Induced Gas Production in Reviewing LNG Export Terminal Application

Law360 reports that in the court appeal of FERC’s orders approving the Corpus Christi LNG export terminal, FERC stands by its policy that, in its environmental review of Corpus Christi LNG’s export project application, FERC was not required to consider the environmental effects of potential increased gas production caused by the project.  Sierra Club and other environmental groups have...

GAO Releases Report on the Implications of Using U.S. LNG Carriers for Exports

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report analyzing the effects on jobs and the U.S. maritime industry if Congress were to pass legislation requiring U.S. produced LNG to be exported via U.S.-built-and-flagged carriers.  The report finds that such a requirement could expand employment for U.S. mariners and shipbuilders if it does not reduce the expected...

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