WASHINGTON, DC – Committee members Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) today penned an op-ed urging the importance of passing H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act.
This bipartisan legislation would allow the expedited approval of small-scale shipments of liquefied natural gas, which will open-up new markets in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, and preserve existing environmental laws to ensure that small scale export facilities receive the proper review.
Support continues to build for H.R. 4606 with the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) recently writing in a letter, “H.R. 4606 solidifies and provides certainty to a recently enacted rule made by the Department of Energy (DOE) that mirrors Rep. Johnson’s legislation. This cuts the red tape for small-scale exports and imports of liquefied natural gas. This bill not only continues to promote our Nation’s economic growth, it also guarantees job security for the thousands of skilled working men and women we proudly represent within the energy sector.”
Bipartisan Support for LNG Certainty
By Rep. Bill Johnson and Rep. Gene Green
The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, which provides that applications under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for the importation or exportation of small volumes of natural gas will be granted without delay if they do not require an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act.
This legislation will help the United States fully realize its economic potential regarding small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and associated technologies. Emerging markets within the Caribbean, Central America, and South America are looking to U.S. natural gas to help meet their growing energy needs, and this legislation will help ensure our domestic producers and exporters are able to meet that demand, along with providing new job opportunities throughout our country.
Despite the U.S. being the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, American companies are unable to export small quantities of natural gas to neighboring countries in an efficient manner. By reducing regulatory constraints and codifying a similar rule issued by the Department of Energy (DOE), H.R. 4606 will better allow our domestic providers the opportunity to provide a stable source of U.S. energy to countries currently reliant on Venezuelan fuel oil, which has been used to gain influence within countries in the region. This effort to increase U.S. energy opportunities within this area of the world is not new, as the previous administration also sought increased engagement through the creation of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative.
Click here to read the full op-ed online.
In May 2017, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, to the House of Representatives. H.R. 4606 would provide that applications under the Natural Gas Act for the import or export of small volumes of natural gas shall be approved without modification or delay.
In July 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a final rule to improve the approval process for exporting small volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries with which the U.S. doesn’t have a free trade agreement. The final rule took effect on August 24, 2018.
Click here to read the full letter of support from LIUNA.