TXOGA Applauds Court's Decision to Resume LNG Export Permits

(P&GJ) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden's administration from pausing the approval of LNG export permits, delivering a setback to the president's climate agenda. U.S. District Judge James Cain in Lake Charles, Louisiana, sided with 16 Republican-led states, ruling that the U.S. Department of Energy's freeze on LNG export approvals was "completely without reason or logic."

Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) President Todd Staples praised the recent court ruling that ended the halt on LNG export permit approvals:

“The court’s ruling to end the LNG export permit approval halt achieves the right result. U.S. natural gas has ushered in a new era of energy security by providing for needs here at home and to allies around the globe. The use and production of natural gas has resulted in billions of dollars being available to fund schools, road and other basic needs, is the dominant reason for declining CO2 emissions in the power sector and is one of the most affordable energy sources available.  Every family has benefited from a robust natural gas sector and LNG exports play an ever-growing role in a stronger Texas and America.”

Since the Biden Administration announced the pause on LNG export permits in January, TXOGA has voiced concerns. The association, alongside other trade groups, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, published statements and an op-ed, testified before the Texas House Select Committee on Protecting Texas LNG Exports, and released an analysis by Dr. Foreman. The analysis showed that U.S. LNG exports have not significantly impacted domestic natural gas prices and have promoted production and productivity gains.

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