oday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Department of Energy's (DOE) approval of a conditional license to Jordan Cove LNG to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to nations that do not have free trade agreements with the United States:
"Today's decision is great news for Wyoming and our nation's allies who are eager to buy U.S. natural gas. With Jordan Cove, Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain states will finally have direct access to international markets. In addition to expanding economic opportunities across America, this project will create good-paying jobs in Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado, and Utah, as well as in Indian country.
"While I'm encouraged by the Department of Energy's decision today, its review process continues to move at a glacial pace. In three and a half years, the Department has only used its discretion to approve seven applications to export liquefied natural gas. Meanwhile, it sits on over 20 pending applications.
"The United States has an opportunity to become a major player in the international gas market--it just needs a willing partner in the White House. The Obama Administration should waste no time in acting on other pending LNG applications. Congress should also act by passing my bipartisan legislation to make it easier to export U.S. LNG to countries that support our national security interests."