Western Energy Alliance Applauds DOE Approval of Jordan Cove Natural Gas Exports

March 24, 2014

(DENVER) - Western Energy Alliance applauds the Department of Energy (DOE) for its authorization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the Jordan Cove terminal to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Jordan Cove is particularly important to western producers, as it could accept natural gas from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

“Western Energy Alliance is encouraged to see Energy Secretary Moniz approve the Jordan Cove application. Western natural gas producers are able to increase production to meet the demand of our allies while still maintaining an abundant, affordable supply for domestic consumers.

“However, the pace of export approvals remains too slow. America has the opportunity to counter Russian aggression through the strategic use of our natural gas resources. By approving all outstanding

LNG export terminal applications, the president could send a strong signal that Russia’s energy dominance over Europe is near an end. While it will still take time before the first gas is shipped, the announcement alone would send positive signals to world markets while alerting Putin that America is serious about using its energy strength.

“Forward progress on LNG export applications should also be coupled with legislation to streamline National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the terminals. Otherwise the environmental lobby will use the NEPA process to delay terminal construction for years, as it has delayed the Keystone XL pipeline. When American security interests are at stake, we should be able to take action to bold action as a nation.”