In fairness, the article makes it sound like the Obama administration is stonewalling this. It may be, but FERC was not very quick in granting permits for facilities to import LNG when gas prices were high (these are the same facilities generally that would now be interested in exporting) under the Bush administration. FERC doesn't move quickly under any administration--at least in the 20 years I have been dealing with them. I would be willing to be that the biggest impediment, when you really look into it, is the NIMBYs as well as security issues. All of these must be worked through and lots of public hearings held before a permit is granted.