Senior Republican: US could miss export window for natural gas

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 MonizErnest MonizOvernight Energy: Trump signs climate order | Greens vow to fight back What we learned from Rick Perry's confirmation hearing Overnight Energy: Rough hearing for Tillerson MORE 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.