North American Energy Infrastructure Act Would Streamline Cross-Border Permitting Process
Washington, D.C. – May 6, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today reintroduced their legislation, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which would help prevent lengthy delays to important energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. Donnelly and Hoeven first introduced this bill in September 2014.
Donnelly said, “The years-long consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proves we need to streamline the process for approval of energy infrastructure projects, so that they are not subject to endless, unnecessary delays. Investing in our energy economy is an essential part our country’s economic successes and is critical to our national security. I thank Senator Hoeven for continuing to work with me on this issue important to our energy security.”
Hoeven said, “We can produce more energy than we use, but we can’t get to the point of energy independence without the infrastructure necessary to achieve it. Energy infrastructure projects are too important to our economy and our national security to be dragged out, virtually for years in the case of the Keystone XL pipeline. We need a process that is fact-based, transparent and nonpartisan – a process that serves the interests of the American people now and into the future. Our bill achieves that goal.”
The North American Energy Infrastructure Act would streamline decision making on cross-border permits by:
Eliminating the Presidential Permit requirement for projects crossing the national boundary between the United States and Canada or Mexico;
Establishing a 120-day time limit on the U.S. State Department to either issue a cross-border permit or deny approval if the project is not in the public interest of the United States, following completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process; and Expediting natural gas pipeline permits to Canada or Mexico by requiring the Department of Energy to approve the permit within 30 days of receipt of a completed application.
Opportunity Agenda for HoosiersDonnelly, who helped the Senate pass legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year, believes in an all-in approach toward American energy production as part of his Opportunity Agenda. Donnelly thinks that we should be investing our money in energy infrastructure projects here rather than spending hundreds of billions of dollars to purchase energy from overseas. In order to invest in domestic energy infrastructure projects, there must be an efficient approval process in place.