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    Our Energy Moment Statement on Senate Passage of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act

    Washington, DC – Our Energy Moment (OEM), a diverse group of businesses and economic development organizations dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating the many benefits of expanded markets for liquefied natural gas (LNG), released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The bipartisan legislation includes language that that would expedite the review of applications to export U.S. liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States.

    "OEM commends the U.S. Senate for passing the first comprehensive energy reform legislation in nine years and including a provision that would expedite LNG exports to help grow our economy and create American jobs," said Andrew Ware, an OEM spokesperson. "This legislation represents a growing, bipartisan commitment from Congressional leaders to expand domestic LNG exports so that we can boost our global competitiveness and strengthen our energy security.  We thank Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle for their hard work on this important issue, and urge House and Senate leadership to reconcile a final bill to help America compete in the global energy economy. ”

    S. 2012 includes language that requires the Secretary of Energy to make a public interest determination, including a public comment period, prior to approving applications to export natural gas to countries without a free trade agreement with the United States. The bill requires a decision on any LNG export application within 45 days after a project’s environmental review is completed and published by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under the National Environmental Policy Act.

    Read the text of S. 2012, the ‘‘The Energy Policy Modernization Act,here.

    To learn more about domestic and geopolitical benefits of U.S. LNG exports, click here.

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