Natural gas trade associations and LNG project developers could be forced to rely on the courts or Congress for a swift end to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) pause on new export authorizations after the agency closed the door on revisiting its decision.

At the end of March, DOE issued two denials of requests for rehearing on its liquefied natural gas export authorization pause from a coalition of energy groups spearheaded by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Commonwealth LNG LLC.

In its denial letters, DOE’s counsel did not provide concrete dates for its policy review, but narrowed the possible timeframe for a conclusion to at least before March 2025.

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