Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) is a unique initiative created to foster economic development in the rural communities of Western States, promote tribal self-determination and improve the environment by eliminating natural gas flaring and making cleaner fuels available to Asian energy markets. The key to unlocking this global potential is facilitating the global export of Western natural gas through LNG facilities on North America’s West Coast.
The genesis of WSTN is rooted in a study commissioned by the Colorado Energy Office under the administration of former Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, and the Ute Indian Tribe through a grant by Colorado Mesa University’s Unconventional Energy Center.
The report, released in April 2019, saw promise in natural gas exports from Western sources because of their relative proximity to the Pacific Ocean (half the shipping distance than to comparable facilities in the Gulf of Mexico,) significant and available pipeline infrastructure in place and unprecedented LNG demand from Asian countries.