US Federal Judge James Cain Jr. strikes down Biden administration pause on new LNG exports

Published 6:50 pm Monday, July 1, 2024

U.S. Federal Judge James Cain Jr. of the Western District of Louisiana, issued a preliminary injunction on Monday in Louisiana’s favor for the state’s lawsuit against President Joe Biden and the United States Department of Energy over the decision to pause new liquefied natural gas exports to non-free trade agreement countries.

Judge Cain’s order lifts the LNG export pause effective immediately.

In his ruling, Judge Cain said, “It appears that the DOE’s decision to halt the permit approval process for entities to export LNG to non-FTA countries is completely without reason or logic and is perhaps the epiphany of ideocracy.”

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Judge Cain also asked attorneys for the federal government, “So why the change of the past normal practice? And why now?”

Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill led a coalition of 16 states in filing the lawsuit to lift the pauses.

The State of Louisiana was joined by the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

“This is great news for Louisiana, our 16 state partners in this fight, and the entire country. As Judge Cain mentioned in his ruling, there is roughly $61 billion dollars of pending infrastructure at risk to our state from this illegal pause. LNG has an enormous and positive impact on Louisiana, supplying clean energy for the entire world, and providing good jobs here at home. The people of Louisiana are proud to power this nation and the world. A major victory for American energy,” said Murrill.