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house Bill H.R. 4606

Should Small Scale Imports & Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas Not Require Environmental Reviews?

Argument in favor

By easing requirements for environmental reviews surrounding the import or export of small volumes of liquefied natural gas, this bill would boost energy production in the U.S. and promote economic growth.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/01/2018
👍🏻H.R. 4506 - Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act 👍🏻 I’m in support and recommend passage of the House bill H.R. 4506 AKA the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act — Which would grant applications for imports and exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that don’t exceed 0.14 billion cubic feet per day without modification or delay. The approval of such an application would mean that an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment wouldn’t be required for the project to proceed. It would codify a Dept. of Energy rule that took effect on August 24, 2018 into law. “The U.S. is currently the world’s largest producer of natural gas, with trillions of cubic feet of recoverable natural gas beneath our feet. We should be doing all we can to take advantage of this abundant resource, and it is my hope that these bills will help further that goal.” What does the bill do? • The Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act would grant applications for imports or exports of LNG that don’t exceed 0.14 billion cubic feet per day “without modification or delay”. • An application’s approval means that an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment wouldn’t be required. • The Dept. of Energy’s rule exempting small scale LNG import or export applications from environmental reviews was finalized on July 25 and took effect on August 24, 2018. By easing requirements for environmental reviews surrounding the import or export of small volumes of liquefied natural gas, this bill would boost energy production in the U.S. and promote economic growth. 9*1*18 .......... SneakyPete.
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09/03/2018
While I consider myself a conservationist and strongly support bedrock laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, this would be very smart for multiple reasons. This would enshrine into law the current Trump Administration Rule allowing lower quantity exports of LNG to be expedited in order to streamline the process and get American natural gas to market. Major benefits of this are: US will become an even bigger exporter of natural gas to numerous friendly countries which strengthens our influence and creates jobs, we can replace Russia as the primary source of LNG in Eurasia which would seriously diminish President Putin’s influence in those regions, and finally since natural gas use reduces CO2 emissions and pollution this law would create even greater environmental benefits as LNG would be more widely used across the world in place of coal or oil. This is good policy people.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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09/06/2018
As with most government Regulations, it wastes time and money. Save the regulation for large scale shipments.
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Argument opposed

This bill is unnecessary and would prevent critical environmental impact reviews from occurring related to the import or export of natural gas. It will only increase our reliance on fossil fuel for short-term growth.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/02/2018
NOTHING SHOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW!! FFS, how many times do we have to say this?
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Lily's Opinion
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09/06/2018
there is no reason for anything to be exempt from environmental review and environmental review only affects those who are purposefully harming the environment
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Lonesomelight's Opinion
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09/06/2018
Let me make myself very clear, representative. Given the dire situation the directory of humanity and the entire planet is in as determined by SCIENTISTS (97% of them), under NO circumstances should environmental reviews EVER be exempted! The next generation will regard the willful inaction and outright complacency of this Era to reverse climate change with unrivaled scorn and disbelief. THERE IS NO PLANET B.
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What is House Bill H.R. 4606?

This bill — the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act — would grant applications for imports and exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that don’t exceed 0.14 billion cubic feet per day without modification or delay. The approval of such an application would mean that an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment wouldn’t be required for the project to proceed. It would codify a Dept. of Energy rule that took effect on August 24, 2018 into law.

Impact

Businesses and workers involved in small scale imports or exports of LNG; energy and environmental regulators.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4606

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) introduced this bill to encourage exports of American-produced LNG:

“The U.S. is currently the world’s largest producer of natural gas, with trillions of cubic feet of recoverable natural gas beneath our feet. We should be doing all we can to take advantage of this abundant resource, and it is my hope that these bills will help further that goal. It’s critical that we take advantage of this opportunity that we’ve been blessed with -- there is no doubt that LNG exports are creating opportunities and improving the quality of life for hard-working families in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.”

Some House Democrats opposed this bill in committee, writing in its report:

“Ultimately, H.R. 4606 is a bill in search of a problem. It would prematurely and unnecessarily enshrine a Trump Administration pro-fossil fuel proposed rule into law. Approving another bill to expand natural gas exports would incent widespread fossil fuel extraction and higher domestic natural gas prices, with serious climate, public health, and economic consequences for American consumers and manufacturers.”

This legislation passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a 35-15 vote and has the support of six cosponsors, including four Republicans and two Democrats..


Of Note: In recent years the U.S. economy has seen a boom in extraction of oil and natural gas from shale. According to data from our partners at USAFacts, a non-partisan civic data initiative, throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, the total value of oil and gas extraction in the U.S. typically averaged in the $40-50 billion range. However, this decade it has consistently been above $200 billion including a peak of $338 billion in 2014.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act

Official Title

To provide that applications under the Natural Gas Act for the importation or exportation of small volumes of natural gas shall be granted without modification or delay.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 6th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 259 Yea / 146 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedDecember 11th, 2017

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    👍🏻H.R. 4506 - Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act 👍🏻 I’m in support and recommend passage of the House bill H.R. 4506 AKA the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act — Which would grant applications for imports and exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that don’t exceed 0.14 billion cubic feet per day without modification or delay. The approval of such an application would mean that an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment wouldn’t be required for the project to proceed. It would codify a Dept. of Energy rule that took effect on August 24, 2018 into law. “The U.S. is currently the world’s largest producer of natural gas, with trillions of cubic feet of recoverable natural gas beneath our feet. We should be doing all we can to take advantage of this abundant resource, and it is my hope that these bills will help further that goal.” What does the bill do? • The Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act would grant applications for imports or exports of LNG that don’t exceed 0.14 billion cubic feet per day “without modification or delay”. • An application’s approval means that an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment wouldn’t be required. • The Dept. of Energy’s rule exempting small scale LNG import or export applications from environmental reviews was finalized on July 25 and took effect on August 24, 2018. By easing requirements for environmental reviews surrounding the import or export of small volumes of liquefied natural gas, this bill would boost energy production in the U.S. and promote economic growth. 9*1*18 .......... SneakyPete.
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    NOTHING SHOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW!! FFS, how many times do we have to say this?
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    there is no reason for anything to be exempt from environmental review and environmental review only affects those who are purposefully harming the environment
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    Let me make myself very clear, representative. Given the dire situation the directory of humanity and the entire planet is in as determined by SCIENTISTS (97% of them), under NO circumstances should environmental reviews EVER be exempted! The next generation will regard the willful inaction and outright complacency of this Era to reverse climate change with unrivaled scorn and disbelief. THERE IS NO PLANET B.
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    Nothing should be exempt from environmental review, especially fossil fuels. We all know how damaging they are to the entire planet and we have to right to keep killing this planet and everything in it!
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    This is purely a way to to skirt and avoid environmental protection laws, but then what else would a Republican in the pocket of the energy companies do? I’m disappointed, this isn’t even a very creative effort.
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    Worthless congress!!!!!!!!! What is the problem? Why would someone not want to follow all environmental review. Anything that keeps our air, water or preserves the earth existence safe. Should be reviewed.
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    Natural gas is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. This bill simply cuts the red tape and expense for bad actors to risk environmental damage with relative impunity. All in the name of keeping fossil fuel costs low enough to circumvent the development and implementation of green energy.
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    We're getting very very close to the tipping point, where even minuscule amounts of fossil fuels will plunge us into the irreversible zone!
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    We need to invest in and use RENEWABLE energy. Fossil fuels will not allow a hospitable planet for those species needing oxygen to survive. America is better than this. Get out and VOTE! 🌊🌊🌊
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    This bill makes no sense and there is no logical argument for it. Expanding clean energy alternatives provides long term jobs and benefits far exceeding what this could hope to do.
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    Hell, no! This is GOP speak for f the environment and pad my pocket.
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    While I consider myself a conservationist and strongly support bedrock laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, this would be very smart for multiple reasons. This would enshrine into law the current Trump Administration Rule allowing lower quantity exports of LNG to be expedited in order to streamline the process and get American natural gas to market. Major benefits of this are: US will become an even bigger exporter of natural gas to numerous friendly countries which strengthens our influence and creates jobs, we can replace Russia as the primary source of LNG in Eurasia which would seriously diminish President Putin’s influence in those regions, and finally since natural gas use reduces CO2 emissions and pollution this law would create even greater environmental benefits as LNG would be more widely used across the world in place of coal or oil. This is good policy people.
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    This REDUCES our carbon footprint.
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    Nothing is above being reviewed. It is imperative that we do not regress any farther on this topic. Trump has been bad enough for the environment as is.
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    Everything needs to be weighed against ruining the environment! Please vote NO on this bill.
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    We are at a critical typing point since the impact of smaller LNG transfers is low why take or allow this symbolic step backwards One small step for mankind with huge symbolic message that we don’t care and are irresponsible at the cost of the next generation : vote NoNoNo!!!
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    As with most government Regulations, it wastes time and money. Save the regulation for large scale shipments.
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    The reason the EPA exists is because businesses have a history of environmental irresponsibility, and have demonstrated they require oversight. Why would we continue to repeat histories mistakes?
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    It is critical to have environmental reviews
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