States challenge Biden’s LNG permitting pause

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The attorneys general of 16 states have filed suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Louisiana challenging the Biden administration’s announced pause on new LNG project permitting.  The plaintiffs argue that the decision is unlawful, ignoring the Natural Gas Act. The State of Louisiana is joined in the suit by the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The move by the 16 states comes within days of the American Petroleum Institute (API) releasing a new analysis showing that Americans benefit from among the lowest residential natural gas prices globally even as the US leads the world in LNG exports. The report, conducted by Energy Ventures Analysis, demonstrates the American natural gas industry’s record of supporting allies abroad while maintaining a well-supplied domestic market at home.

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