The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) submitted three sets of comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on the agency's proposed changes in procedure for reviewing applications to export LNG.
CLNG also addressed the potential inclusion of the National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) reports on the environmental impact of LNG exports and unconventional natural gas development as considering factors in applications' approval.
CLNG President Bill Cooper said DOE's proposal to only issue final approvals after applicants have completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review fails to address concerns about delays in the agency's review process and the financial impact of regulatory uncertainty.
Instead, CLNG encouraged DOE to void the current Order of Precedence, withdraw the proposed procedural changes and follow the Natural Gas Act and its existing regulations by issuing a decision promptly after the close of each submitted applications' required public comment period.
"A timely decision,...