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U.S. Department of Energy Seeks Comments on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Small-Scale Natural Gas Export

On September 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise regulations on export authorizations for natural gas. The proposed rule would allow DOE to issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application seeking to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas, to countries with which the U.S. has not entered into a free trade agreement, provided that the application satisfies the following criteria: (1) the application proposes to export natural gas in a volume up to and including 0.14 billion cubic feet per day, and (2) DOE’s approval of the application does not require an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Protection Act. DOE states that the regulation is intended to expedite the processing of these applications.

DOE has certified that this rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities; however, the agency is seeking public comment on the proposed rule.   

Written comments are due by October 16, 2017 and may be submitted here.

Advocacy contact: Prianka Sharma, 202-205-6938

Date: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017