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Sen. Cruz Commends Department of Energy’s Extension of Seven LNG Export Authorizations

Extension will support good paying energy jobs for years to come

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement commending the Department of Energy’s decision to extend seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorizations through 2050.

Following the announcement of the extension, Sen. Cruz said: 

“The Department of Energy’s extension of these seven LNG export authorizations is good news for the thousands of blue-collar energy workers who rely on a vibrant energy industry. This extension will ensure Texans in Southeast Texas and Brownsville have good paying jobs, and will keep energy costs low as we continue working to strengthen America’s energy independence.”

Sen. Cruz has long called for the expansion of LNG exports, a key component to the American Energy Renaissance Act that he introduced in 2015. In 2017, Sen. Cruz introduced the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act, eliminating the arduous process that discourages LNG trade and increase LNG exports by facilitating permits to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) counties.

In 2018, Sen. Cruz applauded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for issuing environment schedules for 12 LNG export projects, six of which were in Texas.

Last year, Sen. Cruz applauded the FERC’s final approval of four LNG export projects in the state of Texas, three of which were in Brownsville, and one in Corpus Christi.