A group of US Midcontinent mayors and the American Petroleum Institute separately urged the US Department of Energy to authorize LNG exports.
“We should be well beyond simply kicking the can down the road. It’s urgent that we accelerate this process,” Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said in a teleconference.
An hour later, API Senior Economist John C. Felmy told reporters, “The government’s own analysis shows that gas exports could benefit the entire US economy. If exports were allowed, more gas could be produced, and additional supplies would enhance our energy security, not reduce it.”
Their observations came as DOE’s deadline approaches for public comments on whether LNG exports are in the national interest. DOE has been considering the question on individual export applications already.