MacArthur Introduces Jobs, Energy Independence Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03) announced that he had introduced the National Energy Security Corridors Act to update our energy infrastructure by streamlining the permitting process for natural gas pipelines on federal lands:
"My neighbors and friends in South Jersey are struggling under the burden of high electricity bills, and all along the East Coast, families are paying higher than average to heat their homes with natural gas," MacArthur said. "We need an all-of-the-above energy policy that utilizes our existing resources through a modern energy infrastructure, but bureaucratic red tape and outdated requirements have stalled any progress toward that goal."
"The answer to these problems is achievable. My bill will empower the Secretary of the Interior to make decisions about natural gas pipeline projects on federal lands instead of having to go through Congress every time," MacArthur added. "By streamlining that permitting process, we'll create jobs, give a much needed update to our energy infrastructure, and reduce power costs for families on the East Coast. I’m glad that this effort has been able to bring together a both the business and labor communities in order to put people back to work and grow our economy."
“I applaud Rep. MacArthur for his leadership in answering President Obama’s call to transform and upgrade America’s energy infrastructure, which is lagging far behind our nation’s renewed energy capacity. The National Energy Security Corridors Act will address a critical infrastructure gap, expand America’s electricity transmission capability, and help consumers, like the residents of New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, heat their homes with reliable energy at a more affordable cost. This bipartisan legislation has a path forward, and we will work with the Obama Administration and members of the House and Senate to see that it is signed into law," said House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop.
The National Energy Security Corridors Act has been endorsed by America’s Natural Gas Association, International Union of Operating Engineers, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and North America’s Building Trades Union.