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LNG Exports May Incite Price Increases for American Users

  • Domestic prices could increase as much as 20 percent over time
  • Gas is super-chilled to liquefy and shrink it for shipment
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Environmental groups opposed to U.S. natural gas exports just found an unlikely ally: the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The government agency that regulates futures and options markets found that shipping gas overseas could raise costs for Americans. Domestic prices could rise as much as 20 percent due to the burgeoning industry that liquefies gas so it can be shipped around the world on tankers, according to a CFTC report.