The Department of Energy (DOE) could be delaying authorization for Venture Global LNG Inc.’s CP2 project after a directive from the Biden administration to study its climate impacts, according to the New York Times.

Citing three unnamed sources, the newspaper first reported Wednesday that DOE’s additional analysis could stall an authorization decision for the 24 million metric ton/year (mmty) liquefied natural gas project until after November.

The report comes after months of speculation over whether the administration would answer the mounting call from environmental groups and Democratic representatives to throttle new export projects ahead of the election.

Chilling Effect

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