Agency OKs gas exports from proposed LNG terminal
WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally authorized a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Warrenton to export to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States.
Oregon LNG has been authorized to export up to 1.25 billion standard cubic feet per day of natural gas, for a period of 20 years. The agency said such exports are not inconsistent with the public interest.
The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1pufOrc) the authorization opens the possibility of selling gas to Asian markets, including Japan, China and India.
The project still needs other federal, state and local permits.
Clatsop County last year denied zoning approvals, a decision Oregon LNG is appealing.
Environmental groups oppose the project. Opponents also say exports could raise domestic gas prices.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com