APGA sent a letter to Senators Barrasso, Hoeven, McCain and Murkowski to express opposition to their legislation, the North Atlantic Energy Security Act. While the legislation would expedite natural gas production on federal lands, the bill would also expand liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capabilities to Ukraine, Japan, and NATO member states, none of which have free trade agreements with the U.S.In its letter, APGA highlighted that any expansion of LNG exports will raise domestic gas prices on manufacturers, households, and utilities, and there is no guarantee that any exported LNG will be sold to the nations that the legislation is targeting because U.S. gas will be sold where the price is highest, not where politicians want it to be sold.Study after study has shown that exporting any amount of LNG from the U.S. will raise the domestic cost of natural gas on homes and businesses. APGA believes that consumers should not be subjected to high energy prices and price volatility. The extreme weather during the winter of 2014 illustrated the crucial need to keep U.S. energy resources available and affordable for U.S. citizens. If all facilities were constructed, daily domestic production of natural gas would have to increase by 55 percent in order to meet export demands and keep natural gas prices at their current levels.APGA’s letter also points out that foreign countries that have made the poor energy policy decision to prohibit advanced production techniques, or to simply not develop their own natural gas resources, should not be bailed out by U.S. citizens. The U.S. should focus on exporting technology and best practices to our foreign allies to help free them from their dependence on natural gas from hostile nations. Press Release, August 8, 2014; Image: APGA
Castrol Strikers last evening emerged as the female champs of the 2020 edition of the annual Lennie Shuffler volleyball tournament at the National Gymnasium. Strikers took down Classic Ball Busters (CBB) in the final. It was poetic justice for the eventual winners who lost to CBB in the first match of the day. Nevertheless, the score – line in the final read 25-19, 25-21 to the Georgetown-based side. Hannah Hicks was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the female category, a title she won because of her excellent spikes and serves. Earlier in the day during the round-robin phase of the tournament, CBB had a flawless run by defeating Port Mourant females 30-17 and Strikers 30-19 while Strikers edged out PM females 31-29 to set up the final against CBB.Meanwhile, action in the male category reached the semi-final stage up to press time which was being hotly contested between the country’s top male teams.