America's Energy Advantage Files LNG Export Motion, Seeks Rulemaking on Public
~Says DOE's Standards for Reviewing LNG Export Applications "Appear to be in
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In a major new development in the
debate over LNG exports, America's Energy Advantage (AEA) today filed a formal
motion to intervene in the Department of Energy's (DOE) proceeding for the
Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (together "FLEX")
export application (FE Docket No. 11-161-LNG). DOE is currently reviewing the
application, which if authorized would raise the cumulative volume of
authorized exports of LNG to 8.31 Bcf/d, which would go beyond the "low export
scenario" level identified in a NERA report DOE used to grant three previous
LNG export applications.
AEA is seeking a more formal rulemaking process based on current data and
assessments of today's supply and demand environment, and noted that current
applications are being granted based on guidelines developed for gas imports
in the 1980s. AEA's motion also indicates that the legal standards that DOE
used to analyze the public interest in two previous grant applications were
not "adequate, appropriate, or sustainable." See AEA's motion here:
"DOE is making decisions that will have far-reaching and potentially
irreversible impacts on consumers, our economy, and America's manufacturing
renewal based on 30-year-old guidelines for natural gas imports, not exports.
No matter where one stands on this issue, surely we can agree that exports and
imports are different, and that DOE needs to make rules based on the 21st
century, not the 1980s," said Jennifer Diggins, Director, Public Affairs for
Nucor Corporation and Chair of AEA.
"We felt the need to file a formal motion because American consumers of
natural gas deserve as much say in the process as producers," said Diggins.
"All we're saying is that the public interest test is important, and that DOE
needs to take a more methodical and legally-based approach to defining what
that public interest is. DOE itself conceded that 'the market of the future
very likely will not resemble the market of today' in its previous grant
applications, but what data are they using to project that future? Nobody
Diggins concluded: "As a result of available and affordable natural gas in
the U.S., more than 120 manufacturing projects valued at nearly $110 billion
of economic investment have been announced, including thousands of new jobs.
Our country cannot afford to lose these job-creating investments or hurt
consumers by driving up the cost of utility bills. We have a right to be
heard in this debate."
AEA submitted today's motion following DOE's failure in recently issued export
authorizations to apply reasonable standards for assessing the public interest
as required by the NGA. As AEA stressed in its motion: "It is not enough for
DOE to summarily refer to the public interest, vaguely acknowledge that
conditions may change, and imply that these changed conditions could possibly
affect pending and future proceedings or retroactively affect previously
granted authorizations. The development of an LNG export industry in the
United States has widespread consequences affecting all segments of the
American public interest, including the economy, the environment, public
policy, international relations and the quality of life for American
About America's Energy Advantage
America's Energy Advantage, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) not for profit organization
that is dedicated to educating the American public about the growth in
American manufacturing that has been made possible by our country's abundant
and affordable supply of natural gas.
SOURCE America’s Energy Advantage
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