Tipton and Bishop Host Field Hearing on Western Colorado’s Energy Potential in Grand Junction
GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) stressed the importance of utilizing Western Colorado’s vast energy resources at a House Natural Resources Committee field hearing entitled Examining the Natural Gas and Oil Shale Opportunities in Western Colorado.
Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) joined Tipton at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to examine opportunities for the export of natural gas from the Piceance Basin through the proposed Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline as well as evaluate the potential to develop domestic oil shale resources.
“Western Colorado benefits from immense energy resources,” said Tipton. “When developed responsibly, these resources can provide good paying jobs, support public school systems, infrastructure, and essential community services. That’s why I have long called for an all-of the-above strategy for responsible energy development on federal lands, and was glad to have the opportunity to speak with expert witnesses about steps the federal government can take to help Western Colorado fulfill its energy potential.”
“Today’s field hearing revealed the abundance of American energy available for exploration,” said Chairman Rob Bishop. “Our western states hold vast reservoirs of liquid natural gas and oil shale, but there remains unnecessary regulatory burdens to moving energy products to areas of demand. I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Tipton for working tirelessly to bring this issue to light for Colorado’s third congressional district and fighting to bring well-paying jobs to the people of Colorado and across the nation. With what we’ve learned today, we can better pursue a path forward that will allow for strategic and environmentally safe energy extraction.”
The proposed Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project would transfer natural gas from the Piceance Basin to a storage facility in Coos, Oregon for the export to America’s most important allies. However, under the Obama Administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied applications for the Jordan Cove Project, citing a lack of global market demand. After FERC’s March 11, 2016 decision denying a re-hearing for the project application, the Obama Administration was proven wrong when Jordan Cove procured contract agreements for 75 percent of the pipeline’s capacity and 50 percent of the export terminal’s LNG.
In June of 2016, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that the Mancos Shale deposit in the Piceance Basin had the potential to be the second largest natural gas deposit in the United States. On January 25, 2017, Tipton wrote to the Trump Administration requesting that the White House quickly reconsider the Jordan Cove project application.
Western Colorado is also home to some of the world’s largest oil shales deposits. Oil shale has gone undeveloped but was identified as strategically important in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.