Tipton Votes to Strengthen U.S. Energy Infrastructure
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills to streamline the process the federal government uses to build and improve energy infrastructure. The two bills, both supported by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), centralize permitting authority for national and cross-border natural gas and oil pipeline infrastructure projects within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“With more than a quarter of U.S. energy now relying on natural gas, this important legislation will support the type of infrastructure we need to deliver affordable, reliable energy to families in Colorado and across the country,” Tipton stated. “We must continue to work towards an all-of-the-above energy strategy to match increasing demand responsibly, and updating the pipeline permitting process is critical to achieving this goal.”
The Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act (H.R. 2910) designates FERC as the agency of jurisdiction for permitting of natural gas pipeline projects. The bill would require other agencies participating in the projects to deny or approve a permit within 90 days after FERC completes its review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act (H.R. 2883) moves the existing permitting process for international border-crossing natural gas and oil pipeline projects from Executive Order precedent to a streamlined, standardized process within FERC. Permitting for electric transmission facilities would be handled by the Secretary of Energy.
“In recent years, we’ve seen important energy infrastructure projects tied up in a spider web of regulations and political agendas. We’re bringing a standardized approach to the permitting process that will provide benefits to communities across the country,” Tipton added.
According to the American Petroleum Institute, investment in oil and gas infrastructure could create over one million jobs and generate $1.89 trillion in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by 2035.
Both H.R. 2910 and H.R. 2883 will now move to the Senate for consideration.