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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Natural Resources: Bipartisan "National Energy Security Corridors Act" Answers National Need for Updated Energy Infrastructure

May 20, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing to review the “National Energy Security Corridors Act. This bipartisan discussion draft, introduced by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), establishes National Energy Security Corridors on federal lands and streamlines the rights-of-way approval process for natural gas pipelines across federal lands.

This legislation answers the President’s call for an updated infrastructure that meets our nation’s energy supply, while benefiting consumers through less expensive and more reliable energy.

Congressman MacArthur sitting giving testimony

“All along the East Coast, families are paying higher than average to heat their homes with natural gas. 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policy that utilizes our existing resources through a modern energy infrastructure, but bureaucratic red tape and outdated requirements have stalled any progress toward that goal," MacArthur said. “The National Energy Security Corridors Act 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. 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.”

“My home state of Louisiana is third among all states in natural gas production. My constituents experience the very real benefits of natural gas abundance every day,” stated Richmond. “By streamlining the natural gas pipeline siting and permitting process, we can connect our increasingly abundant supply with constantly increasing demand and ensure that all Americans can experience these benefits as well.”

A US map showing residential natural gas prices on the East and West Coasts are significantly higher than the national average

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) sent letters supporting the legislation.