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An Update on Proposed Changes to the Energy Department's LNG Export Decision-Making Procedures

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am

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A tanker carries liquified natural gas (LNG) off the coast of Homer, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A tanker carries liquified natural gas (LNG) off the coast of Homer, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

On May 29, 2014, in order to reflect changing market dynamics, the Department of Energy proposed a procedural change to its liquified natural gas (LNG) export decision-making process. 

The Department received numerous comments in response to the Proposed Procedures Notice during the 45-day public review and comment period. After careful review of the comments, the Department is finalizing its decision to implement the procedural change to act on applications to export LNG from the lower 48 states only after completion of the review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), suspending its practice of issuing conditional authorizations. We have posted a summary of the comments and the Department’s responses on Energy.gov for public review.

In addition, the Department is issuing a final Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas from the United States. Read the changes the Department made to the Addendum in response to public comments on Energy.gov.

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