LNG exports — new regulatory hurdles?

By Lee A Alexander and Philip Angeli

In a move that could significantly shake up the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, the US Department of Energy (DoE) recently announced several developments regarding natural gas exports, including a proposed rule change for reviewing applications for exports to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.

The proposed change would suspend the current practice of issuing conditional export authorisations. Instead, only those applicants with completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews would proceed to a final analysis by DoE of whether the export is in the ‘public interest’…

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