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Udall: Situation in Ukraine Shows Urgent Needs to Leverage Colorado's Natural Gas, Expedite LNG Exports

'This International Crisis Sharply Illustrates How Colorado Can Play Leading Role in Exporting Natural Gas, Promoting Global Security and Stability'

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Mark Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee visits DCP Midstream's O'Connor Natural Gas Processing Facility in Weld County.

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mark Udall, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the situation in Ukraine shows the urgent need for the U.S. Energy Department to leverage Colorado and the nation's natural gas reserves as a counterweight to Russian aggression. Udall, who also serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will keep pressing the Energy Department to expedite the export of natural gas, including the swift approval of additional liquefied natural gas terminals.

"The situation in Ukraine shows the urgent need for Colorado and the nation to export more natural gas. When foreign powers like Russia are able to exploit their monopoly on energy exports to coerce their neighbors, it weakens the international community's ability to promote stability and avert conflicts," Udall said. "This international crisis sharply illustrates how Colorado can play a leading role in exporting natural gas and promoting global security and stability. The Ukrainian crisis provides a clear example of why the U.S. Energy Department needs to quickly approve more liquefied natural gas facilities and cut through the red tape slowing LNG exports."

Udall has been a strong supporter of developing Colorado's clean-burning and job-creating natural gas resources. Earlier this year, Udall supported the Grand Junction Economic Partnership's effort to study the effect liquefied natural gas exports could have on the Western Slope's economy. Udall also has made natural gas development a cornerstone of his ongoing statewide energy tour, including visiting a DCP Midstream facility in Weld County.

By: Mike Saccone
 
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