Energy Extends Natural Gas Export Authorizations to 2050

by | Aug 15, 2020

The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has extended to 2050 “the standard term for authorizations to export natural gas from the lower-48 states — including domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas, and compressed gas liquid—to countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement.” The move could commit future administrations to allowing dozens of firms to export LNG, no matter what climate policies they seek to enact. Status: Rule finalized on July 29, 2020.

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