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Alaska governor backs LNG exports; Mississippi unsure

Keywords: Tags  Sean Parnell, Phil Bryant, liquefied natural gas, LNG, LNG exports, Offshore Technology Conference, Thorsten Schier

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 shouldn’t be able to build a gas pipeline in Alaska and export it," state Gov. Sean Parnell said.

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 (, March 27).

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