The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) has targeted Energy Transfer LP’s request to extend the timeline of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from its proposed Lake Charles project as a part of what group leadership calls “a line in the sand.”

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The manufacturing advocacy group has moved to intervene in Dallas-based Energy Transfer’s request to the Department of Energy (DOE) to extend export authorization until 2050. IECA, which represents over 11,700 facilities nationwide, has been arguing for years that expansions in U.S. LNG export volumes to non-free trade (non-FTA) countries drives up domestic energy prices, harming consumers.

IECA CEO Paul Cicio told NGI that the glut of approved projects in operation, under construction and still pending has reached a...