Lawsuit slams DOE’s LNG pause as unconstitutional

By Carlos Anchondo | 05/20/2024 07:08 AM EDT

A legal petition on behalf of the Oil & Gas Workers Association says the decision to pause U.S. LNG export approvals violates the Natural Gas Act.

A liquefied natural gas tanker.

A liquefied natural gas tanker is shown. Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle via AP

A Louisiana think tank and a nonprofit law firm have sued the Department of Energy over its pause on liquefied natural gas export approvals, saying the move is unconstitutional and hurts the economy.

The Pelican Institute for Public Policy and the Liberty Justice Center filed suit Thursday — more than three months after the Biden administration announced DOE’s freeze. The pause has been met with cheers from some environmental groups and widespread disapproval from the U.S. oil and gas industry.

In their filing, the Pelican Institute and the Liberty Justice Center asked the court to set aside DOE’s proclamation pausing U.S. LNG export approvals as unlawful.


“Nothing in the Natural Gas Act grants any federal officer, even the President, the authority to halt the approval process, and yet the Biden Administration has tried just that,” Loren Seehase, senior counsel at the Liberty Justice Center, said in a news release last week.