Congressional Opposition to LNG Exports May Be Waning

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 22:  A China Shipping Lines container ship heading toward the Vincent Thomas Bridge can be seen from the Queen Mary 2 Commodore Warwick cruise ship during the ship's maiden call to the Port of Los Angeles February 22, 2006 at the Los Angeles, California area community of San Pedro. The QM2, the most expensive and largest ocean ship ever built, had to be backed into the harbor because its 1,100 foot length prevented it from reaching port in the usual way.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) (National Journal)

The House moved to reject a proposal to prevent oil and gas extracted from public lands from being sold abroad, an indicator that Congress may be increasingly warming to the idea of increased LNG exports, according to Fuel Fix.

The proposal was an amendment offered by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., to a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, that would block Interior Department regulation of hydraulic fracturing on public lands in the case that regulations already exist at the state level.

Though it is not surprising that the Republican-controlled House defeated the measure, Fuel Fix's Jennifer Dlouhy argues that it is the margin by which the measure passed that may indicate a preference towards increased support for LNG exports among members.

Previous amendments floated in the House to restrict oil and gas exports have not been rejected with as many votes. The DeFazio amendment was defeated by 142-276.

The defeat of the amendment comes after the Energy Department granted a permit last week to an LNG export terminal in Texas to expand shipments of natural gas abroad.