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FERC Streamlining LNG Facility Permitting Process

On July 17, 2018, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre issued a press release stating that in the last few days FERC has “made truly significant strides in reforming the [LNG facility] permitting process with our federal partners, eliminating duplicative efforts and instituting a streamlined procedure that will significantly reduce our LNG permitting timelines.” McIntyre added that “we expect...

DOE Issues Advisory Opinion on LNG Shipments to Guantanamo Bay

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an advisory opinion stating that LNG shipments from the United States to the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba would not constitute an “export” subject to DOE’s jurisdiction under Natural Gas Act section...

DOE Issues Policy Statement on Non-FTA LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a policy statement regarding long-term authorizations to export LNG to nations without a Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA nations) with the United States.  DOE/FE states that it wishes to allay concerns of potential importers of U.S. LNG and financiers of LNG export projects about the security of existing (or...

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...

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