By Tyson Slocum
On July 11, Public Citizen submitted a protest of New Fortress Energy’s application to export liquified natural gas (LNG). First, we show that New Fortress omitted important information about its affiliaiton with the Japanese financial conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. Second, the application is not in the public interest because the proposed level of exports to non-Free Trade Agreement nations will exacerbate current trends of record domestic prices for American families. Record LNG exports have radically upended domestic natural gas markets, directly leading to record price spikes for American families and greater energy poverty burdens for low-income households and communities of color. Authorizing additional exports when the U.S. economy cannot handle existing export volumes is not in the public interest. The application pretends as though the current natural gas pricing crisis in the United States does not exist, and fails to even mention the direct impact that today’s record LNG exports have in dictating prices for American consumers. We therefore ask the Department of Energy to reject the application to export LNG to non-FTA nations.
Read the full filing here: FLNGLLC