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Thornberry votes in support of broad energy bill

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Washington, December 3, 2015 | Nicole Bender (202-225-3706) | comments

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of the “North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015,” which includes a number of importantLiquefied Natural Gas (LNG), oil, and natural gas provisions and also enhances the security of the U.S. electric power grid. The bill,H.R. 8, passed the House by a vote of 249-174.

The legislation would enhance emergency preparedness and use advanced technologies to address threats to the electric system while improving infrastructure vulnerabilities. It would also expedite the permitting process for LNG exports and natural gas pipelines and lift the ban on oil exports.

“We must maximize our energy potential by modernizing our policies,” said Thornberry. “By promoting American energy exports to our allies, reducing unnecessary regulations, and reinforcing our energy infrastructure, we can grow our economy and ensure that our energy systems are sheltered from threats and rid of deficiencies.”

H.R. 8 would address grid security, oil exports, and important permits and decisions for LNG exports and natural gas pipelines by:

  • Repealing the crude oil export ban;
  • Streamlining and imposingdeadlines onDepartment of Energy (DOE)LNG export permit decisions;
  • Requiring the Interior Department to consider and approve applications for natural gas pipeline rights-of-way in the designated corridors on federally owned lands within one year;
  • Requiring DOE to establish a Strategic Transformer Reserve to store large power transformers and mobile electric substations in strategic locations and a voluntary “Cyber Sense” program to identify and promote products intended to enhance the cybersecurity of the bulk-power system;
  • Requiring electrical utilities to study and implement measures to increase the resilience to their infrastructure; and
  • Requiring the Interior Department to consider and approve applications for natural gas pipeline rights-of-way in the designated corridors on federally owned lands within one year.
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