LNG export projects undergo a rigorous application and permitting process before receiving approval to move forward. The U.S. Government has a process in place to review and approve LNG export applications.

Through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the government ensures the safe operation and reliability of proposed and operating LNG terminals. FERC has a rigorous application and permitting process for proposed facilities.

Through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the government evaluates several criteria, such as energy security and price implications, for non-FTA applications in order to determine whether a particular LNG export project would be in the public interest.