July 2011, Vol. 238 No. 7

Government

DOE Allows Wider Exports Of Domestic Gas As LNG; Fracking Initiatives Begin To Gel

With domestic supplies of natural gas overwhelming domestic demand, LNG terminals – in a dramatic reversal from just a few years ago – are looking to build liquefaction facilities and export, not import. Evidence of that turnaround is Department of Energy approval of the first such LNG export application – albeit – conditionally – from Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, on May 23, 2011. Sabine Pass, owned by Cheniere Partners, will not export liquefied domestic gas until at least 2015, if then. But the DOE’s go-ahead is the first time the department has allowed a domestic terminal to export U.S. gas to countries with whom the U.S. does not have a

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