Groups urge Congress to overturn Biden’s LNG freeze


President Biden faces even more pressure from a growing number of groups to overturn his freeze on LNG ports and shipments.

Among the latest–the Energy Workforce & Technology Council, the IPAA, the US Oil and Gas Association, Western Energy Alliance, the National Stripper Well Association, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Gulf Energy Alliance, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, and the National Ocean Industries Association.

They sent a letter urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote yes on H.R. 7176, Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act.

H.R. 7176 was filed by Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11), and the number of cosponsors has grown to 31. The House rules committee has recommended a vote by the full House of Representatives.

“U.S. LNG exports have received bipartisan support in the past that continues to this day. Given the national security implications of this misguided decision for both the United States and our European allies, we urge you to quickly advance legislation to remove the Department of Energy from the non-FT A permitting process to allow critical LNG infrastructure to move forward,” wrote the groups.

The groups continued, “Our associations strongly support the passage of H.R. 7176 Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act by Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11) which will counter this misguided decision by the Administration and put the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in charge of all LNG export permitting in the United States. Removing DOE from the process will help to ensure that political maneuvers will not interfere with energy supplies. It is vital that Congress send an immediate message to our allies and enemies abroad that U.S LNG will continue to flow uninterrupted for many years to come.”

Read the full letter here.