Following the discovery of deep shale reserves of natural gas in the Unites States, opportunities for gas exports have increased substantially; the exporting of natural gas was inconceivable two decades ago.
In the 1990s, when it was not technologically feasible to exploit natural gas reserves because shale technology was expensive and inefficient, it was expected that the United States would be a net importer of natural gas. Facilities in the Atlantic and the Gulf were built to handle gas imports, and Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin assisted in the permitting of the first natural gas import facility in the Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of the boom in shale drilling, these facilities are now being converted to export facilities, a complete marketplace reversal. Dr. Goodwin's firm has been active in permitting the conversion of gas import facilities into export terminals for liquified natural gas (LNG), both on the Gulf of Mexico and on the Atlantic Coast.