This report examines an imbroglio in official Washington regarding the process for granting export permits for LNG exports to countries with which the U.S. does not have a Free Trade Agreement (non-FTAs).
A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6) that sets a limit of 90 days for the responsible agency (the Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy) to issue a conditional or final export license. The agency, in contrast, agrees to expedite the permitting process but by eliminating the initial step of granting conditional approval. We ask also about the lessons for Mexico.