Washington, D.C., -- National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg issued the following statement on the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to authorize natural gas exports to nonfree trade agreement countries from the Lake Charles liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana:
Manufacturers are pleased to see the DOE grant authorization today to export LNG from the Lake Charles terminal in Louisiana. However, 19 applications remain stuck in bureaucratic limbo at the agency. At the DOE's current pace, these projects could be waiting several years before their applications are even considered. The DOE needs to be more nimble and work through these applications more quickly to give businesses greater certainty.
Manufacturers believe principles of free trade and open markets should govern whether companies can move forward and construct LNG export terminals on U.S. soil. By unnecessarily delaying a decision on the remaining applications, the DOE is unfairly distorting the market. The law requires the DOE to make an up-or-down national interest determination for each LNG project on a case-by-case basis. Each project deserves the fairness of an up-or-down decision in a prompt fashion. Manufacturers encourage the agency to process these permits expeditiously.