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Moniz: Department of Energy Will Move ‘Expeditiously’ On LNG Exports

Newly confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania

Newly confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Speaking this morning at the Energy Information Administration conference Washington D.C., newly confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says his agency will move “expeditiously” to evaluate applications for more liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities.

The push to export comes as the industry has seen a boom in shale production. It’s produced a glut of gas that has depressed prices in the U.S., while prices overseas remain high.

Shortly after Moniz’s confirmation in May, the Obama administration announced its second approved LNG export terminal.

But a week later Moniz said additional research was needed before he could approve any more of the roughly 20 pending applications.

Speaking before Congress last week, Moniz said he would act on the export applications before the end of the year, but when pressed today by reporters, he wouldn’t elaborate on a timeline.

Moniz said the Department of Energy will examine as many as they “can responsibly go through” by year’s end.

“We will do a case-by-case evaluation of all the applications,” he said.

As StateImpact Pennsylvania recently reported, plans to put an LNG export facility in Cove Point, Maryland have some environmentalists concerned about how it would impact the Chesapeake Bay.

It’s the closest proposed facility to Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.



  • Celia Janosik

    It will not be long before our neck of the woods, if we have any left, will be like Louisiana and parts of Texas. Only the poor remain because they have no options. The air is polluted along with the water and the schools have no money. The price of “clean” natural gas will rise with each export terminal. Each well site has the potential to be a toxic dump, a Love Canal. Pipelines will criss cross our beautiful countryside and urban areas with highly pressurized gas that has the ability to explode. Anyone notice how slowly those dark railroad tanks, with the red diamonds indicating gas, move through Sewickley, Edgeworth, Leetsdale, Ambridge, Baden, Conway. I think it is 20 mph. Thank goodness they move that slowly. I would love to move but where to? The Fossil Fuel Empire rules the world. America wake up. Renewables, that is where the money should go. We would breath easier, drink clean water and work at clean sustainable jobs.

  • paulroden

    I thought we needed this natural gas for our “energy independence” and as a “transition fuel” until renewable energy was ready to take over. Exporting this gas will cause the price of gas to increase and put our LNG export terminals at risk as a terrorist attack sites. Plus, they will dig more pipelines, pumping stations and more well flarings in state forrests, state parks, wilderness and endangered species habitat areas. How much will it cost and who will pay for the clean up and restoration of these sites? Fracking is too dangerous, too expensive and totally unnecessary for our energy needs.

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