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House votes to speed up LNG export approval
House votes for Republican-backed bill aimed at speeding up approval of LNG export projects
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press
2014-06-26 09:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed Republican-backed legislation aimed at speeding up the approval of liquefied natural gas exports.

The legislation would require the Energy Department to decide on each export application within 30 days after the environmental review has been concluded. It was approved on a mostly partly-line vote Wednesday.

Republicans argue that the bill is needed to clear a backlog of liquefied natural gas export projects. But Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat, says the bill would truncate the Energy Department's review process.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado this fall. Udall has a similar bill pending in the Senate, where its fate is less certain.

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