Politics and US LNG export projects heat up


  • Susan L. Sakmar

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    • Susan L. Sakmar is licensed to practice law in California and currently is a visiting assistant professor and energy law scholar at the University of Houston Law Center and an adjunct at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Her upcoming book, Energy for the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG (Edward Elgar, UK Ltd), discusses the prospects for US LNG exports in detail. She can be reached at sakmar@usfca.edu


This summer was a busy time for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters. In June, the tiny Kenai LNG plant, located approximately 60 air miles from Anchorage, Alaska, resumed shipments of LNG to Japan. Kenai LNG, in operation since 1969 and currently the only US facility capable of exporting LNG, had previously been targeted for closure. But in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that shut down Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan has increased imports of LNG breathing new life into Kenai LNG, at least in the short term.1