Archive for posts tagged ‘natural gas’

Lessons from the DOE’s LNG Export Approvals

Unlike with oil, there is no unified global market for natural gas. Instead, there are numerous regional markets that are oriented around pipeline networks and increasingly connected to each other through liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker shipments. In the last several years, the surge of shale gas production in the United States has driven down… Full Story

NEPA and Environmental Impacts of LNG Exports

This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it uses when considering whether to allow certain exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new procedure establishes a timeline that turns on the completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which has always been essential to decisions… Full Story

An Inconsistent Approach to “Public Interest” Consistency Determinations: Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act and the Rush to Export LNG

The Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) recently revised the process it follows when considering applications under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (the NGA) to import or export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Under the NGA, DOE must issue an approval unless “it finds that the proposed exportation or importation will not… Full Story

Federal Financing for Australia LNG Projects Does Not Trigger ESA

Already the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Australia is expected to overtake Qatar as the leader by 2016, as its natural gas boom has driven production and led to the construction of new export infrastructure at a much faster clip than in other emerging LNG powerhouses like the United States and Canada…. Full Story

Policy Trends in Congressional LNG Legislation

This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it follows when reviewing applications for permission to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Natural Gas Act of 1938 (NGA), as amended. At the same time, as the economic opportunities of LNG beckon and the volume of NGA applications… Full Story

Battle Over Fracking in Dallas Continues With Takings Lawsuit

The City of Dallas is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the City’s refusal to authorize gas drilling by a company that had leased mineral rights on city property. The lawsuit—which alleges takings, fraud, and breach of contract claims—comes as the latest development in a seven-year saga over the status of urban gas drilling and… Full Story

LNG Exports: A Good Idea?

The shale gas boom in the United States holds the prospect of inexpensive natural gas for the foreseeable future. One of the happy consequences of that fact is the redirection of investment (particularly in energy intensive industries) away from foreign countries and back toward the United States. However, natural gas prices have been volatile historically,… Full Story

D.C. Circuit Interprets Incentives for Natural Gas Storage Operators

The D.C. Circuit recently rejected an appeal that would have significantly expanded an incentive intended to spur the development of additional gas storage capacity.  The decision upholds a FERC interpretation and soundly preserves the contours of what was already a potentially generous exception to market regulation. The Nebraska-based Northern Natural Gas Company had appealed a 2010 FERC interpretation of… Full Story