Upton-Green Infrastructure Bill Passes in the House
(Washington, D.C.)—On Tuesday, H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act passed in the House of Representatives with majority support. This bipartisan legislation, authored by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), creates a structural process for much needed cross-border infrastructure in North America.
“The U.S. has an opportunity to form a unified North American energy market that will create jobs, grow the economy, and help us reduce our dependence on hostile or unstable nations,” Green said. “Unfortunately, the decision-making and the regulatory process associated with cross-border infrastructure has been bogged down by political calculations and obstructions. Our bill changes this process to reflect the realities of the North American energy sector and secure our energy needs well into the 21st century.”
H.R. 3301 creates a specific time frame for the approval of cross-border facilities, while ensuring that they are environmentally safe and protective of the public interest. Specifically, it codifies into law a review for cross-border oil pipelines and electric transmission facilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and charges the Department of State and the Department of Energy with conducting a full scale NEPA review at the national boundary before approving a pipeline or transmission line.