This afternoon the Senate voted to appoint seven members to a conference committee with the House of Representatives to reconcile corresponding energy bills. Senate conferees are Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), James Risch (R-ID), John Cornyn (R-TX), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT). The Senate and House energy bills each contain a provision that would expedite the regulatory approval process for LNG export applications.
Commenting, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) Executive Director Charlie Riedl said,
“Now that the House and Senate have both voted to move forward with the conference process I urge members of the conference committee to ensure that the final bill contains provisions that expedite the review of LNG export applications. Both chambers have previously passed legislation with bipartisan support that would establish a defined window of time for the Department of Energy (DOE) to act on export applications to non-free trade agreement countries once National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review is complete. This key provision helps establish regulatory certainty that is critical for project developers that are planning business activity and construction projects which will create jobs, invest billions of dollars in the US economy and help stabilize world energy markets. This is exactly the kind of win-win issue that members from both sides of the aisle can get behind, and it should be included in the final bill.”