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CLNG Submits Comments on Draft CEQ Guidance

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) submitted comments on Wednesday, March 25 on the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) draft guidelines for federal departments and agencies on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change.

CLNG noted in its comments that the Revised Guidance is unlikely to support, and could in fact hinder, broad environmental policy objectives of reducing carbon emissions and supporting economic growth. The proposed guidelines will also undermine regulatory certainty by adding significant costs and delays to LNG export projects while potentially leaving the process vulnerable to unnecessary litigation.

“The U.S. has a tremendous and unique opportunity to capitalize on its abundant natural gas reserves by exporting LNG,” said CLNG spokesman Casey O’Shea. “The scale of our resource means that we can meet growing domestic demand and still sell some of our surplus natural gas abroad, further encouraging international use of a clean-burning fuel source. Not only will exports go a long way towards addressing global climate concerns, it will bring real wealth back into the United States. Our policies should support, not undermine, these efforts.

“Project developers should have the reasonable expectation of regulatory certainty from federal agencies. The National Environmental Policy Act provides a clear framework for evaluating LNG export projects and CLNG urges CEQ to stick to the letter and spirit of the law and withdraw its Revised Guidance.”

Read CLNG’s full comments HERE.