By Zack Colman | Washington Examiner.
The pressure and anxiety from backers of expanding natural gas exports are growing in tandem as the Energy Department continues to evaluate more than two dozen proposals to ship the fuel abroad.
At issue is the 25 outstanding applications to ship liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to nations with which the United States lacks a free-trade agreement. In such cases, the Energy Department must determine whether such shipments are in the national interest.
Investors in prospective liquefied natural export terminals, with sympathetic lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, say the process is taking too long. They’re now worried by the extended lag between the Energy Department’s most recent approval on Nov. 15 and the next. When that will come is anybody’s guess.
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