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US LNG, Coal Export Delays Violate Trade Pact, Atty Says

Law360, New York (December 3, 2013, 3:58 PM EST) -- The U.S. government's slow pace in approving liquefied natural gas export applications and state and local roadblocks to coal export projects may violate international trade agreements, a former World Trade Organization official who now heads Greenberg Traurig LLP’s global practice said Tuesday.

James Bacchus, who previously served as chairman of the appellate body of the WTO — which has the last word on trade disputes among WTO members — said that the methods used by the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate applications to export LNG...
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