India seeks access to US natural gas

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Proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to nations that lack formal free-trade deals with the United States (including India) face extra vetting by regulators. Rao argues the case for exports is strong.

“For both countries, which are committed to environmental sustainability, increasing the use and transport of LNG globally will help put into greater use one of the cleanest energy sources in the world,” her column states.

In addition to Indian officials, Japanese leaders and business groups are urging the Energy Department to approve exports projects that remain under review.

Oil-and-gas industry groups, many lawmakers and others support expanded exports at a time when U.S. gas production is booming.

But the proposals are politically controversial.

Some prominent Democrats, including Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), fear increased domestic prices and higher costs for U.S. manufacturers that rely on gas.