Statement: White House pauses new LNG export terminals

Jan 26, 2024

DENVER—The Biden administration today announced it is pausing approvals of new liquified natural gas export terminals in order to review the climate, environmental, and economic costs of exporting more American fossil fuels.

The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Today’s pause is a common-sense step in America’s energy transition. There’s no reason to build even more methane export capacity when the nation and the world are shifting away from fossil fuels. Pausing new LNG export terminals is good news for America’s public lands as well. The Energy Department should conduct a comprehensive review of the costs of LNG exports, taking into account the impacts of methane on ecosystems, communities, and families across the country.”

The Biden administration is in the process of finalizing the Bureau of Land Management’s Oil and Gas Rule, which will ensure drillers on public lands post bonds sufficient to cover their cleanup costs, and ensure future oil and gas leasing avoids conflicts with wildlife and communities. A separate proposed BLM rule would also address the waste of natural gas on public lands.

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