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Proposed Procedures for Liquefied Natural Gas Export Decisions

On May 29, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy announced the availability for public review and comment the Proposed Procedures for Liquefied Natural Gas Export Decisions.  (please see Federal Register Notice link below).  DOE proposes to act on applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the lower-48 states to non-FTA countries only after the review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been completed, suspending its practice of issuing conditional decisions prior to final authorization decisions.

This proposed procedure, if adopted, would not affect the continued validity of the conditional orders DOE has already issued.  For those applications, DOE will proceed as explained in the conditional orders: when the NEPA review process for those projects is complete, DOE will reconsider the conditional authorization in light of the information gathered in the environmental review and take appropriate final action.  Further, DOE will continue to act on requests for conditional authorizations during the period when the procedures proposed in this Notice are under consideration.

In response to this Notice, any person may file comments.  DOE prefers that comments be submitted electronically using the online Comment Submission Form, which can be accessed below.  If you cannot submit comments electronically, the Federal Register Notice provides instructions on how to submit comments by hard copy.  All comments will be posted to the “Comments” link below and must be received by DOE no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, July 21, 2014.