NEW YORK Alaska supports
the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), its governor said at
the recent Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
"For Alaska, our gas right now
is stranded. There is no reason we shouldnt be able to
build a gas pipeline in Alaska and export it," state Gov. Sean
However, Mississippi Gov. Phil
Bryant said he would want to evaluate the costs and benefits
before making any decision, even though he supports exports in
principle. "I think it is important to understand ... the
balance between the needs of the American consumer and at what
point is it beneficial for us to make liquified natural gas and
export it," he said.
LNG exports could represent a boon to the drilling industry,
although some domestic manufacturers worry that exports might
raise U.S. natural gas prices significantly (
amm.com, March 27).