On Wednesday, Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) introduced the H.R. 351, also known as the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.
The H.R. 351 would accelerate the authorization process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export permits. Up until now, the Department of Energy has only announced a final decision on five of the 37 Non- Free Trade Agreements (FTA) applications it has acquired since 2010.
After announcing the H.R. 351, Rep. Johnson made the following statements:
Thanks to the energy renaissance occurring throughout Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and across the United States, America is able to produce large quantities of natural gas like never before — enough to both meet our domestic natural gas demands, and export excess LNG to the global marketplace … Exporting our natural gas not only provides significant economic benefits here at home, but important geopolitical ones as well. The U.S. can curb the influence of rogue countries like Russia and Iran who use their natural gas reserves as leverage against our European allies. Simply increasing our LNG exports will provide our allies across the globe with a safe and trustworthy trading partner, while providing more jobs here at home … Last year, this important legislation overwhelmingly passed the House in a bipartisan vote, and I’m honored to introduce this legislation in the 114th Congress. I’m confident that the House, in conjunction with the Energy and Commerce Committee, will act swiftly to approve this bipartisan measure. The Department of Energy has stood in the way of progress for too long.
Rep. Johnson was reelected in November 2014 for a third term to serve the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. He also maintained his seat on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has played a huge role in developing America’s energy, healthcare and telecommunications policies. The committee has also provided oversight on the Administration’s implementation of such laws. Rep. Johnson is also on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.