US Judge halts Biden administration’s pause on LNG permits

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A federal court judge in Louisiana, appointed by Trump, has blocked the Biden administration’s pause on LNG export permits, calling it unjustified. The ruling, a victory for industry groups and Republican-led states, immediately lifts the ban on new export licenses to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Judge James Cain Jr. criticized the administration’s rationale, arguing that LNG exports benefit the US economy and disputing concerns over environmental impacts. The Department of Energy, responsible for issuing export authorizations, now faces uncertainty regarding when and how it will resume its review process amidst ongoing legal and policy challenges.

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