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Lessons from the DOE’s LNG Export Approvals

Unlike with oil, there is no unified global market for natural gas. Instead, there are numerous regional markets that are oriented around pipeline networks and increasingly connected to each other through liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker shipments. In the last several years, the surge of shale gas production in the United States has driven down… Full Story

NEPA and Environmental Impacts of LNG Exports

This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it uses when considering whether to allow certain exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new procedure establishes a timeline that turns on the completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which has always been essential to decisions… Full Story

An Inconsistent Approach to “Public Interest” Consistency Determinations: Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act and the Rush to Export LNG

The Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) recently revised the process it follows when considering applications under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (the NGA) to import or export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Under the NGA, DOE must issue an approval unless “it finds that the proposed exportation or importation will not… Full Story

Federal Financing for Australia LNG Projects Does Not Trigger ESA

Already the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Australia is expected to overtake Qatar as the leader by 2016, as its natural gas boom has driven production and led to the construction of new export infrastructure at a much faster clip than in other emerging LNG powerhouses like the United States and Canada…. Full Story

Policy Trends in Congressional LNG Legislation

This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it follows when reviewing applications for permission to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Natural Gas Act of 1938 (NGA), as amended. At the same time, as the economic opportunities of LNG beckon and the volume of NGA applications… Full Story

Natural Disasters and State-Level Executive Powers

This summer, the Sunlight Foundation – a nonprofit that advocates for open government – released a comparative study of the accessibility of state-level executive orders. It found a great deal of variability from one state to the next, in terms of both accessibility and the legal substance of the orders. As the study noted, state-level… Full Story