In the recent 2013 EIA Energy Conference, the newly appointed Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, promised that the Department of Energy's approval process for LNG exporting facilities will be addressed expeditiously. This is good news since the recent Freeport LNG approval came two years after Cheniere Energy's (NYSEMKT:LNG) Sabine Pass project secured a permit.  

With plenty of natural gas arbitrage opportunities around the world, moving LNG to high-price markets is essential. With around 20 applications still on file, gaining non-free trade export approval will be intensely selective. 


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