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August 15, 2014

Energy Secretary Calls Industry Criticism of Natural Gas Export Overhaul ‘B.S.’

470474235 revised 445x298 Energy Secretary Calls Industry Criticism of Natural Gas Export Overhaul B.S.

Moniz dismissed industry complaints that DOE has moved too slowly on export applications as “B.S.” (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz in a one-on-one interview Friday with CQ Roll Call signaled that any further changes to how his agency processes natural gas export applications will have to come from Congress, as the Energy Department tries to end a controversy over how the United States ships gas to nations that are not trading partners.

In addition, Moniz dismissed industry complaints that DOE has moved too slowly on export applications as “B.S.,” noting the department can’t take final action until a separate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review is completed. Some U.S. energy companies eager to expand new overseas markets say the Obama administration is dragging its feet.

Moniz said that lawmakers will have to be the ones to make any more decisions about gas exports now that his agency has laid out its final rules on an overhaul. “Not from the administration, I don’t expect any changes to the process,” Moniz told CQ Roll Call. “Let’s see if Congress acts.” Full story

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