Senate Hearings on LNG Exports. Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee did not produce any clear consensus on future legislation related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Senator Wyden stated at the end of the hearing that there may not be a role for new legislation after hearing testimony from gas developers in favor of LNG exports and manufacturers who were seeking to limit exports. Witnesses from environmental groups also opposed LNG exports, consistent with their opposition to shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reiterated that the U.S. Department of Energy’s macro-economic study of LNG export scenarios showed a net benefit to the U.S. economy but committed to work together with Senator Wyden in further examination of what legislation may be required, if any.