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House defense panel approves amendment to expedite LNG export permits

TheHouse Armed Services Committee voted to include an amendment expediting LNGexport permitting in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

"TheHouse Armed Services Committee's passage of LNG exports legislation is the latestexample of bipartisan recognition by Congress that the U.S. is an energysuperpower," American Petroleum Institute Executive Vice President LouisFinkel said in an April 27 statement just after the vote in markup. "U.S.LNG exports not only provide international consumers with greater choice, butalso help them break dependence on nations that use their energy resources as adiplomatic and political weapon."

Similarto language in the House's broad energy bill passed in December 2015, the amendment would require theU.S. Department of Energy to approve LNG export applications no later than 30days after all required federal environmental reviews are completed for aproject.

TheCenter for Liquefied Natural Gas also applauded the amendment.

"Exportingour surplus natural gas overseas will not only benefit our allies abroad, itwill also drive significant investment into the domestic economy while makingsizable reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions," Executive DirectorCharlie Riedl said in a statement."The shale revolution has fundamentally transformed the American energy landscape;LNG exports now represent an opportunity to allow the rest of the world tobenefit."