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Gardner introduces natural gas export bill amid Ukraine crisis

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., introduced a bill Thursday to speed up the approval process for liquid natural gas exports.

The measure H.R. 6 — known as The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act — would facilitate the accelerated approval of liquid natural gas export applications that are currently under review by the Department of Energy, according to a news release from Gardner’s office.

This legislation comes amid Russia’s moves into the Crimea in the wake of political turmoil in Ukraine. As the world’s largest exporter of natural gas, Russia has significant control of the resource that European nations depend upon to heat their homes and power their industries. Much of Russia’s natural gas supply flows through pipelines across Ukraine, the release stated.

Gardner introduced his bill a day after Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced a bill in the Senate to expand the number of countries to which the U.S. can export its liquid natural gas.

Gardner will likely challenge Udall this November for his Senate seat.

Gardner’s bill would facilitate the speedy approval of all applications pending with the Energy Department. Similar legislation has been proposed in the Senate, though the Senate bill could require companies with existing applications to have to re-file, causing further delays and filing burdens, Gardner’s release stated.


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