Rep. Green Responds to President’s 21st Century Permitting Modernization Plan
(Washington, D.C.)— Today, Congressman Gene Green released the following statement in response to the White House’s release of President Obama’s 21st Century Permitting Modernization plan:
“Today the President released his implementation plan for review and permitting of new infrastructure to meet the demands of our nation’s growing 21st economy. We’re pleased that the plan builds on the Executive Order to work on permitting delays that are still stifling too many projects. Unfortunately, it was our hope that the President would put more emphasis on pipeline permitting. Neither the Department of State, nor the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been involved and pipelines were only tacitly mentioned. Congress acted last week to improve application timelines and protect the environment by passing out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee the North American Energy Infrastructure Act—introduced by Chairman Fred Upton and me.
The energy sector continues to drive the American economy, and pipelines are a key component of that success. Pipeline infrastructure has the potential and the industry backing to take America’s energy sector into the future, creating thousands more jobs, and alleviating the strain placed on a variety of states by energy bottlenecks, especially through partnership with our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. If we are serious about meeting our growing transportation needs, we need a new permitting plan that includes a streamlined and expedited review for pipeline construction and maintenance.”