Permitting U.S. LNG exports to non-FTA countries

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.

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Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.