Committee to Consider MacArthur Jobs Bill
WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur announced that the full House Natural Resources Committee would be considering his legislation, the National Energy Security Corridors Act, this week. The bill was previously reviewed in a subcommittee hearing.
"People and businesses all along the East Coast, especially in South Jersey, are paying too much to heat their homes with natural gas in the winter. Even the President has called for increased energy infrastructure in our country to help lower those energy costs. My bill would do just that," MacArthur said. "By streamlining the permitting process for new natural gas pipelines on federal lands, we'll create jobs, update our outdated energy infrastructure, and bring our American energy policy into the 21st century."
The National Energy Security Corridors Act requires and empowers the Secretary of the Interior to identify ten corridors for natural gas pipelines on federal lands in the eastern U.S., rather than requiring project-specific Congressional approval. It has been endorsed by groups in both the business and labor communities, including American Petroleum Institute, America's Natural Gas Alliance, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Gas Producers Association, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Distribution Contractors Association, Plastics Pipe Institute's Energy Division, International Union of Operating Engineers, and North America’s Building Trades Union.
Opening remarks on this legislation were held at 4:00 PM Wednesday and can be viewed here. Full Committee mark-up will begin Thursday, June 11th, at 10:00 AM.