Vitter: Approval for Cameron LNG Project, Great News for Louisiana
June 19, 2014
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) approval of the Cameron Liquefaction Project in Hackberry, Louisiana.
"The Cameron LNG project is a prime example to show the economic opportunities available in Louisiana and across our country. Natural gas is arguably the brightest spot in our otherwise weak economy, and moving forward with Cameron LNG will provide thousands of jobs in Louisiana and contribute to more affordable and reliable energy for all Americans," said Vitter. "We have to keep highlighting bright spots like this project to convince the Administration that we need a strong energy industry to grow our entire economy."
In February, Cameron LNG (liquefied natural gas) received conditional approval by the Department of Energy (DOE) to export liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. The project is the sixth approved by DOE for non-FTA exports and is the third project in Louisiana. The project will create 3,000 jobs during construction and more than 1,300 jobs in Louisiana in the next four years.
On January 22, 2014 Vitter visited Cheniere Energy, Inc. to address job creation and the importance of natural gas production. Vitter has been pushing the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to keep both the Cameron LNG and Cheniere Energy, Inc. projects moving forward.