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Feb 11, 2014 1:19 PM by Ian Auzenne

Feds approve LNG export facility in Cameron Parish

The Department of Energy is giving the green light for a Cameron Parish business to export liquefied natural gas that do not have free trade agreements with the United States.

Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter announced today that DOE is giving Hackberry-based Cameron LNG conditional approval to being their non-FTA export operations. The project is the third such project in Louisiana and the sixth approved by DOE.

Officials say the project will create 3,000 jobs during construction and more than 1,300 jobs in Louisiana during the next four years.

"Natural gas has created a job boom across this country, but in particular in Southwest Louisiana, and this conditional approval means the Cameron LNG project has taken an important step in the right direction," Vitter said.

"The approval of an export LNG facility in Southwest Louisiana is long-overdue, but a welcome addition to the robust energy industry we are building in Louisiana," Landrieu said. "When complete, Louisiana will be able to compete with foreign companies in the battle for the huge international LNG market."

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