By Ben Geman - 08/06/13 05:38 PM EDT
The Energy Department (DOE) is reviewing around 20 industry applications to export LNG to nations that lack formal free-trade deals with the U.S.
Those applications are more heavily vetted than exports to free-trade partners, but Murkowski and other export advocates have chafed at what they call an overly long DOE review process.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has said decisions will come this year, but it’s not clear how many.
In mid-May, before Moniz arrived at the DOE, the department approved its second application to export gas to nations that lack a trade deal with the U.S. It was the first such approval since 2011.
While Murkowski is pushing for faster approvals, a group of Democrats on Tuesday urged the DOE to review the effects that an export surge would have on climate change.