Committee Approves Legislation to Expedite LNG Exports

April 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a bipartisan vote of 33 to 18. The legislation aims to increase U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, which would help free our allies from the stranglehold of Russian energy supplies while supporting domestic job creation and economic growth.

H.R. 6, authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), would expedite U.S. exports of LNG by helping to clear the backlog of export applications currently pending at the Department of Energy. As amended, the legislation provides that DOE must issue a decision on any current application after the later of 90 days of enactment or the expiration of the application's comment period. It also provides for expedited judicial review for challenges to DOE’s decision or inaction on these applications. Over 24 applications are currently awaiting action from DOE, and some have been languishing for over two years.

“The majority of LNG export applications are waiting in a long line. We must break the logjam that is currently taking place at DOE, and move toward construction of these LNG export facilities,” said Gardner.

“We have the opportunity to strengthen our economy by exporting our surplus of natural gas to our allies who need it. The current Ukraine crisis further puts the spotlight on a policy that already makes good sense both here and abroad,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

Click HERE to view Rep. Gardner’s comments today on the committee’s passage of H.R. 6 along with his energy efficiency legislation, H.R. 2689, the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act.

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