Gardner: DOE Lack of Urgency on LNG Exports Unacceptable
Washington, DC – In an interview last Friday with Roll Call, Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz claimed that criticism from the natural gas industry on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export application approval process was “B.S.” The Department of Energy currently has 26 applications waiting in its queue for approval.
“I very much disagree with Secretary Moniz that criticism for his Department’s lack of urgency in approving LNG export applications is ‘B.S.’,” said Gardner. “And it’s not just industry that has voiced concerns over the current application approval process. The House of Representatives passed my bill to expedite the approval process for LNG export applications with overwhelming bipartisan support, and our allies from around the world have emphasized the importance of United States LNG exports time and time again. The only player that doesn’t believe that the Department of Energy needs to expedite permits to export LNG is the Department of Energy. Secretary Moniz’s belligerent tone on the issue shows just how out of touch he truly is.”