LNG Export Threatens Jobs & Consumers

lng pipeline and farmExporting LNG hurts American consumers and domestic jobs. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), exporting LNG could lead to a sharp increase in U.S. gas prices. Locally, a pipeline and terminal for LNG export would hamper jobs in agriculture, fishing and forestry in Oregon and Washington. Oregon LNG’s project will:

  • Interfere with salmon recovery efforts in the Lower Columbia River, a key driver for the commercial and recreational fishing industries,
  • Conflict with local economies dependent on farms and forestry,
  • Disrupt vessel traffic on the Columbia River,
  • Increase energy prices for every Northwest resident.


According to Dow Chemical and other manufacturers, exporting LNG will hamstring U.S. industries as they compete in the global market.

  • A report commissioned by Dow Chemical stated, “The US economy is better off with natural gas used in manufacturing than natural gas exported as LNG.”
  • A 2011 report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) concluded that exporting LNG could increase U.S. natural gas prices by over 50%.
  • The Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board argues that LNG exports will raise energy prices, and could lead to sharp spikes in prices.
  • Paul Cicio, president of the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA), which represents businesses that employ over 700,000 workers in the United States, stated, “In the end, it’s going to be every homeowner, every farmer buying fertilizer, and every manufacturer trying to create jobs who is going to be hurt by this.

To learn more about the impact of LNG exports on jobs and consumers in the Pacific Northwest, read Sierra Club and Columbia Riverkeeper’s comments to the U.S. Department of Energy on Oregon LNG’s export plans.