Written by Ashton Snyder on
 July 3, 2024

Federal Judge Halts Biden's LNG Export Ban

According to Fox Business, a federal judge has blocked the Biden administration's ban on new LNG exports following a challenge by a coalition of over a dozen states.

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lake Charles Division, issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration's recent pause on new LNG export approvals. This decision came in response to a request from a coalition of more than a dozen states.

Legal Battle Over LNG Exports

The coalition argued that the administration's January 26th decision to halt all new LNG export approvals to non-Free Trade Agreement countries was detrimental. The White House and Energy Department stated that this pause aimed to allow a thorough environmental review of the new projects' impact on carbon emissions, a process expected to take more than a year.

West Virginia, among 22 states that protested this pause in a February letter to the Biden administration contended that the ban jeopardized jobs and tax revenue from natural gas production. These states saw the ruling as crucial for their economic well-being.

Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia, was particularly vocal about the victory. He stated, "This is a big win for the country's energy industry and the millions of jobs it supports against the attacks from the Biden administration to further its radical climate change agenda at the expense of our economy."

States Demonstrate Harm from Ban

The court recognized the coalition's arguments, highlighting the economic harm the ban could inflict on states like Louisiana, Texas, and West Virginia. Evidence showed potential losses in revenues, market share, and procedural rights.

The January 26th decision did not affect previously approved LNG export projects, but new projects faced significant delays. The states argued that these delays threatened their economic stability.

Patrick Morrisey also criticized the administration's approach, stating, "This administration's Energy Department has no such authority to justify this ban – authority on matters like this lies with Congress and Congress alone."

U.S. Leads in Global LNG Exports

Last year, the United States led the world in LNG exports, shipping over 86 million metric tons, primarily to Europe and Asia. This leadership position underscored the economic significance of LNG exports to the states involved in the lawsuit.

The preliminary injunction prevents the ban's implementation while the legal case continues. This decision is seen as a significant setback for the Biden administration's environmental agenda.

The U.S. Department of Energy expressed its disagreement with the ruling. A spokesperson stated, "The U.S. Department of Energy disagrees with today's ruling. The Department continues to review the court's order and evaluate next steps."

Future of LNG Export Policies

The legal battle over LNG exports is far from over. The preliminary injunction is only the first step in what promises to be a lengthy court case. The states involved in the lawsuit will likely continue fighting to protect their economic interests. Meanwhile, the Biden administration will need to navigate the legal and political challenges posed by this ruling.

A federal judge blocked the Biden administration's ban on new LNG exports, granting a preliminary injunction while the case proceeds. Over a dozen states, including West Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana, argued the ban threatened jobs and revenue. The administration had paused approvals for an environmental review, leading to the ongoing legal battle with significant implications for energy and environmental policies.

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