On Thursday, Tulsa, Oklahoma Mayor Dewey Bartlett sent a package of letters signed by 16 other mayors of cities in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, urging him to speed up the approval of LNG export facilities.
“In our collective view, it is time to bring a renewed sense of urgency to the approval process,” Bartlett wrote.
Bartlett wrote that there was trepidation that LNG exports facilities were being developed “aggressively” in Australia and Canada with government backing.
“In fact, it is estimated that more than 2 percent of the GDP in Australia will be tied to LNG exports after 2016,” Bartlett wrote.
In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Bartlett said restrictions on LNG exports represent a “missed opportunity” for municipalities throughout the US who depend on energy jobs. Bartlett said a recent study found that 191,000 of Tulsa’s 400,000 jobs were related to the oil and natural gas industry.