US study says the more LNG exported the better
The report, commissioned by the Energy Department, is expected to help shape the Obama administration's response to more than a dozen proposed export projects that have been put on hold over the past year, as a surge in shale gas production upended the market and depressed domestic prices.
NERA Economic Consulting said it examined the impact of LNG exports in 63 scenarios and found exports to a net benefit for the economy under each of the conditions.
"Moreover, for every one of the market scenarios examined, net economic benefits increased as the level of LNG exports increased," said the study.
However it also warned that the benefits would not be shared evenly. Although owners of natural gas resources and many downstream investors will benefit from the export boom, regular wage-earners will be hit with higher home heating costs, the report said.
Over the past year LNG exports have become an increasingly contentious issue, pitting manufacturers – concerned that exports will raise prices – against gas drillers who argue that exports are necessary to keep production going strongly.
The Obama administration has wrestled with how to walk the balance, deferring a decision on whether to permit any additional projects pending the NERA report.
The battle will drag into next year, as the Department of
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