Natural Gas: Federal Approval Process for Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

Natural Gas: Federal Approval Process for Liquefied Natural Gas Exports. U.S. Government Accountability Office. Released October, 1, 2014.

Since 2010, of 35 applications it has received that require a public interest review, the Department of Energy (DOE) has approved 3 applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 6 applications are conditionally approved with final approval contingent on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) issuance of a satisfactory environmental review of the export facility. DOE considers a range of factors to determine whether each application is in the public interest. After the first application was conditionally approved in 2011, DOE commissioned a study to help it determine whether additional LNG exports were in the public interest. Since the 16-month study was published in December 2012, DOE issued 7 conditional approvals (one of which became final) and 1 other final approval (see fig. below). In August 2014, DOE suspended its practice of issuing conditional approvals; instead, DOE will review applications after FERC completes its environmental review.

http://gao.gov/assets/670/666176.pdf Highlights [PDF format, 1 page, 139.77 KB].

http://gao.gov/assets/670/666177.pdf Full Text [PDF format, 31 pages, 929.16 KB].

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