Health letter on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exports

July 9, 2024


Health Letter to Department of Energy on Public Interest Determination review regarding Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exports


In January 2024, the Biden administration issued a pause on licensing of new liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. Although this pause has been lifted, the Department of Energy (DOE) must uphold the public interest through informed science-based decision-making. Thus, we encourage the DOE to proceed with updating the economic and environmental analyses used to determine if pending LNG export authorizations to non-Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA) nations are in the public interest. Undeniably, when determining public interest, the DOE must also take into consideration the immediate and long-term harms to the health and wellbeing of the American public.

So, 23 health organizations representing over 67,000 health professionals across the country — doctors, nurses, public health, and allied health professionals, are calling on the DOE to review the current peer-reviewed evidence on public health and health equity harms of the entire LNG lifecycle from fracking to exports. Health professionals assert that if the DOE reviews this extensive scientific evidence, they will, like us, find that continued LNG exports are not in the public interest.