Today the Department of Energy conditionally authorized Freeport LNG, a Texas-based manufacturer, to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries without a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. The House of Representatives bipartisan LNG Export Working Group, co-founded by Congressman Tim Ryan and made up of Congressmen Bill Johnson (R-OH), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Pete Gallego (D-TX) released the following statement in response:
"For some time now, our LNG Export Working Group has been focused on addressing the interests and development of domestic LNG exporting. Despite party affiliations, we have gathered regularly to work toward a common goal: allowing United States LNG manufacturers the free-market capabilities to export and sell their product. Today, President Obama and the Department of Energy authorized the second company, Freeport LNG, on a list of applicants to export LNG to a non-FTA country. Our group commends this progress, and encourages the President and the DOE to continue to expeditiously process the requests, evaluating each in a timely order to bring certainty to the LNG export market. ICF International recently released a study that disclosed LNG exports could lead to more than 200,000 American jobs; thus, this is an industry we cannot afford to ignore."