Need To Improve Regulatory Review Process for Liquefied Natural Gas Imports

Gao ID: ID-78-17 July 14, 1978

The importation of liquefied natural gas is one method of dealing with the United States' dwindling domestic supply of natural gas. The government's uncertain approach toward liquefied natural gas imports has resulted in a time-consuming regulatory review process.

Intensive examination of a proposal to import liquefied natural gas from Indonesia to California showed that delays stem from inadequacies in the national policy on imports; legislative requirements; lack of established criteria and guidance; and jurisdictional gaps, overlaps, and disputes between both federal agencies and federal and state authorities.


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