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US House of Representatives Passes Bill to Expedite LNG Exports

On June 25, 2014, the US House of Representatives approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a 266-150 vote. The Energy and Commerce Committee reports that the bill, authored by Rep. Cory Gardner...more

DOE Proposes to Alter Its Review Process for LNG Export Applications

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it proposes to revamp the order in which it will process applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The DOE also stated that it will conduct a...more

DOE proposes major changes to LNG export rules, comments due July 21

The US Department of Energy is proposing to change its rules and procedures for reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US (non-FTA...more

DOE Announces Fundamental Shift in LNG Export Authorization Policy

On Thursday, 29 May 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced a proposed change to the procedures it will use to process applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement (“non-FTA”) countries. This is a...more

DOE Releases Two New Reports on the Environmental Impacts of LNG Exports

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released two new reports on the potential environmental impacts of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States to countries that do not have a free...more

DOE Proposes New Procedures for LNG Export Authorizations

Yesterday, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed new procedures for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export decisions. The proposal applies only to applications to export LNG from the Lower-48 states to...more

Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Government Accountability Office -...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

DOE Approves Liquefied Natural Gas Exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries from Oregon Project

On March 24, 2014, the Department of Energy granted a conditional order authorizing the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries...more

DOE Issues Order on Freeport Expansion Application to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order (available here) authorizing Freeport LNG Expansion, LP; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC;...more

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clarifies its Position on Modification or Revocation of DOE Liquefied Natural Gas Export...

Last month, Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Grant of the DOE clarified DOE’s current views with respect to the grounds under which it could revoke a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorization. In a letter1 dated...more

The export shale revolution

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy approved its first-ever liquefied natural gas export license for the exportation in the Marcellus Shale. In the northeastern part of the United States in and around New York and...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: UK Looks to US for LNG Imports: US Regulatory Approvals Required

UK energy providers have signed deals to buy LNG from the Sabine Pass and nearby Golden Pass LNG export facilities in the US. The supply of LNG from these export facilities to regasification terminals in the UK is conditional...more

Two Steps Forward Towards U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exportation: Are We Moving Far Enough and Fast Enough?

On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States...more

DOE Issues Third Authorization to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries from Lower-48

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Lake Charles Exports, LLC ("Lake Charles") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Trunkline LNG terminal, its affiliate's terminal...more

DOE Conditionally Approves Lake Charles Terminal LNG Exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) issued an Order Conditionally Granting Long-Term Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Lake Charles...more

Department of Energy Report Indicates Fracking Has Not Contaminated Drinking Water in Western Pennsylvania

A recent study by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) indicates that chemical-laced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have not contaminated the drinking water at a test...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 10, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Treasury;...more

DOE Issues Second LNG Export License for Non-FTA Countries

On May 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued an order authorizing the Freeport LNG Terminal (“Freeport”) in Quintana Island, Texas to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to nations with which the United...more

DOE Approves Freeport LNG Export Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has conditionally approved a plan by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its terminal in Freeport, Texas, to non-free trade agreement (FTA) countries....more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 6, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Interior; Department of Defense; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Federal Energy...more

With Impending New Regulations, Coal Industry Focuses on Carbon Capture and Storage

President Obama proposed several broad energy-related initiatives in his State of the Union address last week, which are summarized in David Flynn’s post below. Noticeably absent from the President’s address was “clean coal,”...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government Accountability...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Transactions: U.S. LNG Exports: The DOE’s Studies and the Status of Pending Non-FTA Export Applications

Cheniere’s proposed LNG export project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is currently the only proposed U.S. project that has received an authorization from the Department of Energy (“DOE”) to export LNG to countries with which...more

REGULATORY: International Trade: LNG Export Requests Pose Challenge for U.S. Trade Policy by Steve Jones

The boom in U.S. natural gas production from shale deposits has important implications for U.S. trade policy. The rapidly increasing supply of natural gas as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) techniques continue to improve is...more

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