Journal Article

US LNG exportation: the regulatory process and its practical implications

John S. Adams

in The Journal of World Energy Law & Business

Published on behalf of The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

Volume 7, issue 6, pages 582-594
Published in print December 2014 | ISSN: 1754-9957
Published online October 2014 | e-ISSN: 1754-9965 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jwelb/jwu034
US LNG exportation: the regulatory process and its practical implications

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The purpose of this article is to outline the current state of the US domestic natural gas market, focusing on the regulatory climate related to exporting natural gas. Currently, companies must seek multiple levels of approval to export natural gas. Each company’s application is independently considered using a holistic and nebulous process. This article highlights differences between regulations as written and the practical effect of regulations affecting the exportation of domestic natural gas. While there is a long history of natural gas regulation in the USA, the current process remains unclear and inefficient. This article is a snapshot of the regulatory process faced by companies investing billions of dollars in the infrastructure necessary to export natural gas. The myriad organisations regulating natural gas exportation, time and politics are a few of the factors discussed that currently affect whether a company will be granted permission to export natural gas from the USA.

Journal Article.  6386 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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