The U.S. House has approved the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act and the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act this week. House Ag Chair Frank Lucas says all three provide a tremendous opportunity to not only increase domestic energy production – but to protect and create jobs. In addition – he says the bills cut government red-tape to give the energy sector the resources needed to thrive. Lucas hopes the bills will be sent to the Senate for passage and to the President’s desk for his signature.
Lucas says the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act – H.R. 1965 – would establish an efficient process to responsibly produce both renewable and conventional energy in the United States. He says the Administration has delayed the process for approving permits to drill on federal land for years – hindering domestic energy production. He says this bill would ensure the Interior Secretary sets a firm timeline to act on permits to drill. H.R. 1900 – the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act – would direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny natural gas pipeline permit applications within one year. The Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act – H.R. 2728 – according to Lucas – helps reduce bureaucratic red-tape by limiting the Administration’s ability to impose duplicative and burdensome regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The bill prohibits the Interior Department from enforcing federal regulations in states that already have their own regulations established.