Several industry officials made their case for the swift approval of liquefied natural gas export applications as the Department of Energy's comment period for the projects ended. "We have plenty of gas to meet our domestic needs and still be able to export substantial amounts to markets overseas," said Erik Milito, the American Petroleum Institute's upstream director. "U.S. companies innovated with new technologies to produce our domestic gas surplus. The longer we wait, the likelier we are to lose that advantage as other countries adopt those technologies," said Kathleen Sgamma, the Western Energy Alliance's vice president of government and public affairs.

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