Natural gas backers say the time is now for exports

Liquefication facilities, including one in Maryland, await federal approval

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Some still aren’t entirely convinced, and think the federal government must continue to take its time and study the issue carefully.

“The U.S. is at an important crossroads of LNG exports. If we do this right, the U.S. can export LNG and provide an affordable supply of natural gas. If we get it wrong [and domestic prices rise dramatically], the LNG exports could slow if not stop the manufacturing renaissance,” Paul Cicio, president of Industrial Energy Consumers of America, whose members are manufacturing companies that are major energy users, testified at Tuesday’s hearing.

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