Wyden Comment on Freeport LNG Export License Approval

May 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following comment in response to the Department of Energy’s approval of an export license for Freeport LNG today:

“The Department of Energy’s announcement today that it will be making export decisions on a case-by-case basis provides a constructive way for this discussion to go forward that’s consistent with my belief that a measured approach on exports will provide the greatest advantage for the U.S economy.

Based upon my conversations with DOE it is my expectation that the department will use that process to assess the market impacts of each export decision after it is announced, to ensure American consumers are not harmed by large-scale exports. Furthermore, I’m pleased the Energy Department has assured me that Dr. Moniz will be reviewing DOE’s studies on the effects of exports once he is sworn in and that further export determinations will be informed by Dr. Moniz’ analysis."