LNG Allies Praises Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for LNG Announcement
WASHINGTON (July 17, 2018) — Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre announced today that FERC had “made significant strides” in reforming the agency’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) permitting process. McIntyre stated that FERC would soon make public an agreement with its federal partners, “eliminating duplicative efforts and instituting a streamlined procedure that will significantly reduce LNG permitting timelines.” Link to FERC Release
Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO of LNG Allies, had this reaction: “As the organization representing U.S. LNG project sponsors, we are pleased that FERC has taken concrete action to reduce the time required by the agency to consider LNG project applications. We have been discussing this matter with FERC commissioners and staff for several weeks and are cheered by today’s announcement.”
“We are also pleased that the agency is taking other steps to reduce LNG review timelines including bringing on additional in-house and third-party resources and considering opening an office in Houston,” Hutchison said. “Technical expertise in LNG is a highly specialized discipline, and senior engineers command top salaries. We are heartened that the commissioners understand this reality. We will continue to work closely with the agency to make sure that all pending and future LNG project applications can be reviewed as quickly as possible,” he said.
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LNG Allies is a nonprofit organization working to expedite and maximize LNG exports to create U.S. jobs and economic growth, enhance the energy security of America’s allies, and improve human and environmental conditions worldwide.