API praises vote to speed up U.S. natural gas exports

5/1/2014

API praises vote to speed up U.S. natural gas exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- API President and CEO Jack Gerard has welcomed Wednesday's vote on legislation to fast-track U.S. exports of LNG. The measure, H.R. 6, was approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“The case for natural gas exports is clear, and Congress is ready to see those benefits flow to U.S. workers,” said Gerard. “America is now the world’s top producer of natural gas, and opening the doors to trade will allow us to harness that power on the international stage while bringing home thousands of jobs and growing our economy. We welcome the committee’s work to make LNG exports a priority, and we are optimistic that members will come together on bipartisan efforts to lock-in America’s trade advantage and strengthen our position as an energy superpower.”

Introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act would expedite approval of over 20 export permits at the Department of Energy and accelerate future permits.

Earlier this week, API issued a letter of support to committee leaders encouraging passage of the bill. Related LNG proposals have received support from Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Mark Begich (D-Ala.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), among others.

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