Congressman Ryan Applauds Department of Energy Decision to Revise LNG Export Approval Process

May 30, 2014 Issues: Energy

Washington, DC -- Yesterday, the Department of Energy announced their intention to revise the process for reviewing facilities that have applied to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA)  countries. Under DOE’s current process, they review and assess applications based on chronological order in which they were submitted, and then grant those they deem worthy a “conditional authorization.”  Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to the Department’s policy change:

“I am pleased that the Department of Energy has decided to streamline the application process for those interested in exporting natural gas. This will allow the Department to be more efficient in moving projects forward and working through the backlog of applications.

“The new DOE policy will speed up the process of approving applications so that we don’t lose out while nations buy natural gas from our international competitors. This will help spur investment and job creation in manufacturing and energy industries in Ohio and across the nation. It also helps us to better aid our allies in Central Europe and Asia by giving them an alternative source for natural gas and at the same time diminishing their reliance on Russian energy.”

Last year, Congressman Ryan cosponsored an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill asking the Department to speed up the LNG export approval process and increase transparency. According to the DOE release detailing the new policy: “…the Department intends to make final public interest determinations only after a project has completed the NEPA process, instead of issuing conditional authorizations. By removing the intermediate step of conditional decisions and setting the order of DOE decision-making based on readiness for final action, DOE will prioritize resources on the more commercially advanced projects.”