Two former Democratic senators say Congress and the Obama administration should not stand in the way of natural gas exports, adding to calls by proponents for the market to regulate prices.
The former senators -- Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana -- plan to tell a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Tuesday that shipping costs and demand will limit domestic price increases, according to their prepared remarks.
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups filed comments against the Dominion Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal and called for a FERC environmental impact statement on the plan, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
House Energy and Commerce Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing, "U.S. Energy Abundance: Exports and the Changing Global Energy Landscape." Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, former Sen. Byron Dorgan among witnesses.
House Republicans are moving to show their support for natural gas exports and opposition to planned hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal lands.
The House Natural Resources Committee scheduled a hearing for May 8 that called the Interior Department's expected fracturing regulations a "recipe for government waste, duplication and delay." Separately, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is to hold a hearing on May 7 to stress the economic benefits of liquefied natural gas exports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.