The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said its temporary pause on new LNG export authorizations would not affect pending extension requests for projects’ existing export licenses.

“To be clear, this pause does not affect that process,” DOE Deputy Secretary David M. Turk said during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday. The two-hour hearing followed in the footsteps of a House panel in examining the Biden administration’s pause of liquefied natural gas (LNG) authorizations announced in late January.

Turk was responding to a question from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) about the status for authorized projects seeking extensions to the seven-year deadline of their license to start exporting the super-chilled fuel.

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