“Reforming the way Washington issues Natural Gas Permits is a must,” says Brady”
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act to speed up the permitting process for all natural gas pipelines.
“The President talks about supporting American energy independence, but his policies and outdated permitting system hold our energy production back,” said Texas Congressman Kevin Brady, whose district is home to many thriving energy companies. “We don’t need more Washington Red Tape stalling production, we need the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve or deny permit applications in a timely manner.”
The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act amends the Natural Gas Act by putting a 12 month timetable in place for a complete permit application to be processed. Should the agency fail to complete the process and approve any application within the specified time period, that license, permit or approval shall take effect 30 days later.
“Like the Keystone XL pipeline, this bill has support from the National Taxpayers Union, big labor groups and grassroots organizations such as Americans for Prosperity,” added Brady. “When you have this much agreement to reform an outdated process, the President’s veto threat rings hollow.”