Ryan, Johnson urge relaxation of gas export policy

Ryan, Johnson urge relaxation of gas export policy

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Bill Johnson are calling on Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve natural gas export permits to countries that don’t have free trade agreements with the United States.

Ryan of Niles, D-13th, and Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, are among 109 members of Congress to sign the letter.

“By opening up this resource to world markets, we can help ensure its continued production that will support and create jobs here in Eastern Ohio,” Johnson said. “And, we can accomplish this with common sense policies that also protect the interests of America’s manufacturers who depend on reliable, affordable access to natural gas. When more people are working, the economy expands and everyone benefits.”

Natural gas has provided Northeast Ohio with a “great opportunity to provide jobs and continued economic development,” Ryan said.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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