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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

House Energy Package Adds Framework for Cross-Border Pipelines and LNG Exports

May 19, 2015
Press Release
Final Section of energy package draws on cross-border and LNG bills, creates approval pathways between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, The House Energy and Commerce Committee released Title III of its Architecture of Abundance energy package. This final title, Energy Diplomacy for a Changing World, includes key provisions from the North American Energy and Infrastructure Act and the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, which were crafted and introduced during the 113th Congress by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Representative Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Representative Gene Green (D-TX).

Title III includes the framework for a structural process to quickly approve cross-border pipelines between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico included in the North American Energy and Infrastructure Act, while specifically excluding the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

“It’s time to move away from the political rhetoric surrounding the Keystone project, and get to work on updating our energy policies.” Green said. “The United States is in a great position to form a unified energy sector with Canada and Mexico that would benefit all three nations. This new language creates an effective and responsible process for approving cross-border pipeline while removing political calculations and obstructions.”

The legislative package also included language from H.R. 351 a bill to expedite approval on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export projects, which passed the House of Representatives in January by a vote of 277-133.

Green said, “The U.S. is in the middle of an energy renaissance. Unfortunately, our energy policies have not been able to keep pace with the rapidly expanding industry. Allowing for LNG exports will benefit our economy and help our global allies free themselves of energy dependence from hostile sources.”

The Architecture of Abundance Energy Package also include provisions to modernize energy infrastructure, educate and sustain a 21st Century workforce, and create better energy efficiency and accountability for Americans.

The Energy and Power Subcommittee is slated to hold a hearing Thursday with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the Quadrennial Energy Review and the Administration recommended updates for energy infrastructure.