Demand endures. Supply is abundant. Technology to produce it efficiently continues to advance.

But the United States needs to meaningfully expand its natural gas production and delivery infrastructure to meet domestic needs while supporting increasing global demand for American exports of LNG and fuels of the future such as hydrogen. To make this happen, the pipeline permitting process, in particular, must be reformed.

Such was the drumbeat from a parade of executives Wednesday at CERAWeek by S&P Global in Houston.

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Regulatory hurdles and...