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.
What is House Bill H.R. 4606?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4606
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.”
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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Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act
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.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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- The house Passed September 6th, 2018Roll Call Vote 259 Yea / 146 Nay
Committee on Energy and CommerceIntroducedDecember 11th, 2017
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