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Houston Chronicle: Pennsylvania lawmakers make case for LNG exports

Pennsylvania state lawmakers eager to support natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation are pleading with the Obama administration to fast-track industry requests to widely export the fossil fuel.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, nine Pennsylvania House members and 18 state senators insisted that allowing those exports to Japan and other nations will sustain a domestic drilling boom, raise tax dollars and spur job growth across the United States.

“Selling (liquefied natural gas) into the global marketplace is not only necessary for businesses but would create more American jobs, increase demand and spur more production without significantly impacting domestic prices,” the lawmakers said.

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