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  1. API official lists policy areas for upcoming confirmation hearings

    US senators considering nominees to lead the US Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency should ask about ways policies can be improved to create jobs, benefit consumers, and improve the general economy and domestic energy security, an American Petroleum Institute official said days before scheduled hearings. “Federal regulatory policy can either strengthen or weaken the US energy resurgence, with impacts that extend far beyond our sector,” API Executive Vice-Pres. Martin J. Durbin said on Jan. 13. “The right policies can unleash the potential of oil and gas production and refining to create jobs, grow the economy, reduce consumer costs, advance environmental stewardship, and strengthen national security,” he said. “These five pillars should guide consideration of the nominees, and the energy-policy discussion.” Durbin said progress could begin at DOI with a commitment to expand, not reduce, oil and gas industry access to natural resources on federally managed acreage. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a Jan. 17 hearing on US Rep. Ryan Zinke’s (R-Mont.) nomination to be DOI secretary. “Responsible energy exploration—starting with seismic surveying—is essential to supply affordable energy at home and further strengthen US influence in the global energy market while creating jobs,” Durbin said. “National security is also at stake, particularly in the Arctic, where Russia and China are already active. Military leaders warn that diminished US presence means diminished influence in this geopolitically strategic region.” A focus on national security and job creation should also guide the approach to exports of LNG at DOE, he said. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a Jan. 19 hearing on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination to be DOE secretary. Cites LNG export benefits Durbin said LNG exports could contribute as many as 452,000 jobs nationwide by 2035—without compromising domestic affordability—while enhancing security for European allies seeking to break their dependence on less-reliable suppliers. “LNG exports can also help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions the same way clean-burning natural gas has reduced emissions stateside,” he added. Durbin, who also is API’s chief strategy officer, said greater recognition, and understanding, of US success in reducing GHG emissions is a must at EPA, where Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt has been selected to be administrator. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a Jan. 18 hearing on his nomination. “Carbon emissions in the power sector are at 25-year lows due to greater use of clean-burning natural gas,” Durbin said. “Ozone levels and energy-related methane emissions have also declined. Cleaner gasoline and diesel fuels produced by America’s world-class refineries, in combination with more fuel-efficient vehicles, have contributed to a 70% reduction in US air pollutants since 1970, even as vehicle miles travelled have increased by more than 180%. “In every case, market forces, technological innovations and strong industry standards are leading the way,” he said. “Our concern is that recent proposals ignore this market-based progress and sometimes the agency’s own science in favor of top-down government mandates that threaten to undermine US energy production and raise consumer costs.” A smarter regulatory approach based on commonsense, science-based solutions and collaboration can build on the oil and gas industry’s success without sacrificing jobs or jeopardizing economic, environmental, and energy security benefits, Durbin said. “The US energy renaissance has demonstrated that it’s not only possible to balance economic growth and energy security with environmental stewardship, it should be the focus of federal regulatory policy,” he said. “We stand ready to work with Congress and the new administration to continue meeting America’s energy needs and expanding global energy and environmental leadership.” Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  2. Eastern European ambassadors call for expedited US LNG export process

    Ambassadors to the US from seven Central and Eastern European nations asked US congressional leaders to support legislation that would address the US Department of Energy’s review process and expedite LNG exports to their countries.

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    Mon, 14 Nov 2016

  3. D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC Handling of Cove Point LNG Export Application

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the assertion by environmental groups that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did an inadequate review of Dominion (NYSE:D) plans to develop the Cove Point liquefied natural gas ( LNG ) export facility in ...

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    Mon, 18 Jul 2016

  4. D.C. Circuit affirms FERC handling of Cove Point LNG export application

    Groups claimed FERC had done insufficient environmental review

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

  1. US LNG export prospects are uncertain, Brookings analyst says

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    Tue, 4 Aug 2015

  2. DOE could meet 45-day LNG export decision deadline, Senate panel told

    The US Department of Energy would have no trouble meeting a 45-day deadline to reach a national interest determination for proposed LNG export facilities that a US Senate bill would establish, Christopher A. Smith, assistant US energy secretary for fossil energy, told the Energy and Natural ...

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    Thu, 29 Jan 2015

  3. ANGA urges US to scrap dual approvals for LNG export projects

    The US could lose an important global opportunity if it doesn’t move more quickly on its LNG export decisions, America’s Natural Gas Alliance said in a new study. “This is not about trying to get 20 export facilities quickly built,” ANGA Pres. Martin J. Durbin told reporters as the study was ...

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    Thu, 16 Apr 2015

  4. Unconventional gas, transport, storage plays growing role in power generation

    Two power plants in U.S. Virgin Islands being converted to propane

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2016

  5. Unconventional Gas, Transport, Storage Play Growing Role in Power Generatio

    Domestic natural gas, especially from shale regions, should remain cheap and plentiful as effective methods for transporting and storing it emerge in pipeline-constrained areas.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  6. $8.5 billion natural gas project to create 250 jobs

    Officials say a liquefied natural gas project being planned for Plaquemines Parish is expected to create 250 new jobs.

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016

  7. Etheridge becomes IHI E&C project director for Cove Point LNG

    Robert Etheridge has been appointed by IHI E&C International Corp. (IHI E&C), a Houston-based wholly-owned subsidiary of IHI Corp., as project director for the Dominion Cove Point LNG export project effective immediately. 

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  8. Williams Partners inks deals for Gulf Coast LNG export facilities

    Williams Partners LP, Tulsa, reported it had executed long-term contracts with two shippers for Gulf Connector, a 475,000-dekatherm/day expansion of the Transco pipeline system to connect US natural gas supplies with global LNG markets.

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    Thu, 11 Feb 2016

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