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With natural gas prices at record lows and no significant increase in sight, a number of companies are petitioning the Department of Energy for rights to export LNG to foreign countries and fetch a substantially higher price. However, after approving a 6 Bbtu/day LNG export license to Cheniere Energy Partners, the DOE sharply changed course and will not decide on issuing any more permits until a number of studies are run. With so much supply and the potential for substantial profits, will this delay come back to hurt the United States? Conversely, will putting a lid on LNG exports benefit the current competitive landscape in the U.S.? Click on the video below to find out more.

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