WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 - Energy Secretary Rick Perry released a statement on the Energy Department’s (DOE’s) regulatory review report to President Trump in which he outlined four recommendations to free the energy sector from regulatory burdens:

  1. streamline natural gas exports;
  2. review national laboratory policies;
  3. review National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations; and
  4. review the DOE Appliance Standards Program.

“Through our ongoing efforts, we will promote job creation and economic growth, unleash American energy dominance, and advance the energy security of our international trading partners,” Perry said in the statement. “From our review, we have identified several hurdles to domestic energy development and use, and offered recommendations to eliminate those burdens.”

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) welcomed the recommendations, saying existing policy has stymied the development of infrastructure that is critical in transporting and delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG).           

“We applaud DOE and Secretary Perry for recognizing the need to reform NEPA and ease regulatory hurdles that have only hindered the export process. We look forward to working with them to help revise the NEPA process while maintaining the industry’s excellent safety and environmental records,” Charlie Riedl, executive director of CLNG said. “A streamlined and clear path forward will allow U.S. LNG to reach its full potential.”

More information on the DOE’s Final Report on Regulatory Review is available here.