“It would be reasonable” for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to weigh the public interest of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities when considering applications, but it might not take that step with applications to modify existing LNG facilities for exportation, according to FERC Commissioner John Norris. Adapting existing facilities “involves minor modifications,” Norris said during testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is considering his renomination to FERC. The committee also heard testimony from Tony Clark, who currently is chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission and is being considered to replace former FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer; Adam Sieminski, chief energy economist for Deutsche Bank, who has been nominated to be Energy Information Administration administrator; and Marcilynn Burke, deputy director for policy and programs at the Bureau of Land Management, who has been nominated to be an assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior.

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