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US Sen. Markey faults feds on natural gas export decision

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey says a decision by the federal Department of Energy to allow the export of nearly a billion cubic feet a day of natural gas out of New England is misguided.

The Massachusetts Democrat says the decision announced Friday will allow gas to be exported to Canada through the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline where it will be exported overseas. The pipeline currently flows from Canada into New England.

Markey says the ultimate goal of some natural gas pipeline proposals in New England is not to help local residents with expanded infrastructure but to use New England as a throughway to export U.S. natural gas to Canada and overseas markets.

Markey has cited those export concerns as part of his opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline.

In related news, Tugboats at Sabine Pass ready for LNG exports.

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