Energy: A Fast Fix for a Scarce Fuel

Liquefied gas is filling the gap, at enormous expense

Long as three football fields, buoyant as a bobbing cork, the El Paso Sonatrach will cruise into Chesapeake Bay next week on a historic voyage. The $100 million tanker will tie up at Cove Point, Md., a once bucolic spot on the western shore of the bay. There, it will discharge liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Arzew, Algeria, into the nation's first superport designed specifically to receive LNG.

That will merely be the start. Until now, LNG has arrived in the U.S. only in the form...

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