Companies face hurdles to export US natural gas

Dozens of facilities have been proposed to liquefy and export natural gas, but most will never become reality. The plants are costly, and federal permitting is complex. Only six have Energy Department licenses to export to nations with which the U.S. has no free trade agreements — the most attractive pool of potential customers. And only one of those also holds the required permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Here are some of the furthest along in the process, listed by the order in which they obtained the export permits. Go to to read more about the plans (subscription required).


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Jennifer A. Dlouhy covers energy policy, politics and other issues for The Houston Chronicle and other Hearst Newspapers from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on legal affairs for Congressional Quarterly. She also has worked at The Beaumont Enterprise, The San Antonio Express-News and other newspapers. Jennifer enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and toddler son.