Johnson tours natural gas rig, slams Biden export pause

By Kelsey Brugger | 02/27/2024 06:42 AM EST

House Speaker Mike Johnson visited a drilling site as the debate over gas exports gains prominence.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) at a natural gas drilling site.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) with Chesapeake Energy workers Friday. @SpeakerJohnson/X

House Speaker Mike Johnson proclaimed last week that Republicans would do everything they could to support the oil and gas industry at a time when it is under “attack” from President Joe Biden.

The Louisiana Republican visited a Chesapeake Energy natural gas rig Friday for an event that functioned as both a photo-op and a chance for Johnson to bash the administration — even at a time when U.S. oil and gas production hit record highs.

“Chesapeake Energy does extraordinary work producing clean, efficient [liquefied natural gas], which is critical to our nation’s economy and security, and to our allies around the world,” Johnson said on social media. “Incredibly, instead of embracing domestic oil and gas production, the Biden Administration has ATTACKED it.”


Republicans and some Democrats have been challenging the Biden decision to pause permitting for new LNG export terminals. The administration says its goal is to determine whether the review process is sufficient to account for climate and price concerns.