LNG export approval delays may violate WTO

Dec 04, 2013 | 01:31 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  LNG exports, liquefied natural gas, LNG, America's Energy Advantage, AEA, World Trade Organization, WTO, National Association of Manufacturers NAM

NEW YORK — Delays in the approval of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States could be a violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, according to a study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers.

"The delay in granting LNG export licenses constitutes export restrictions, which are not excused by any of the exceptions available for the protection of the environment or human health or for the conservation of natural resources within the WTO," the Washington-based manufacturing association said in an executive summary of the study, which focused on coal and natural gas exports.....

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