16 Republican-Led States Sue Federal Government Over Pause On LNG Permits

"NEW YORK - Sixteen Republican-led states on Thursday filed a lawsuit to challenge the federal government's ban on approving applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), saying the federal government lacks the authority to broadly deny those permits.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Lake Charles, Louisiana, by the Republican attorneys general of a coalition of states including Texas, Louisiana and Florida that claim the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) pause on exports will harm the U.S. economy and undermine efforts to supply foreign allies in Europe with steady supplies of LNG as the region seeks to wean itself off piped gas from Russia.

The Biden administration said in January the pause will allow officials to review its process for analyzing economic and environmental impacts of projects seeking approval to export LNG to Europe and Asia where the fuel is in high demand.

The states said the pause on new approvals for LNG exports oversteps DOE’s authority under the Natural Gas Act, which they said requires the agency to affirmatively show projects are inconsistent with the public interest before denying applications."

Clark Mindock reports for Reuters March 22, 2024.

Source: Reuters, 03/26/2024