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Despite lacking FTA, Japan to get U.S. LNG

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US Navy barge transports approx. 1 million liters of water to aid cooling efforts at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following tsunami damage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Decision to export from Texas praised, criticized

KYODO, THE WASHINGTON POST

NEW YORK – The United States said Friday it will allow exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas to Japan and other countries to which it is not bound by free-trade agreements, authorizing a plan to deliver shale and other gases from Texas.

Japan has been asking the United States to lift a ban on LNG exports to meet its energy needs after most of its nuclear reactors were suspended because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster as well as rising prices of energy imports..... http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/18/national/despite-lacking-fta-japan-to-get-u-s-lng/

More > Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the top Republican on Energy and Natural Resources, praised the department's ruling.

"This decision is a victory for those who believe free trade is good for the American economy. It’s my hope that Freeport is the first of many projects that will be approved in the coming weeks and months, not years," she said in a statement....... http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/300459-doe-green-lights-controversial-natural-gas-exports


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