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NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 2021, the “Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011.”
June 22, 2011
Sponsored by Rep. Gardner (R-CO), this bill would streamline the EPA’s air quality permitting process to encourage the exploration and utilization of energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf.
Despite the abundance of energy resources off Alaska’s shores, including approximately 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, attempts at developing them have languished as a result of an onerous federal permitting process. The needless delay is largely the result of questionable interpretations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) made worse by overlapping jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). Such bureaucratic inefficiencies have led to lengthy permitting times which threaten continued investment and job creation.
H.R. 2021 would begin to untangle the red tape on offshore energy deposits by clarifying the intent of the CAA as to how emissions are to be sourced and measured, eliminating the duplicative regulatory efforts between the EPA and EAB, and providing a clear 6-month timetable for action on a clean air permit. These steps are vital to fully utilizing our vast oil and natural gas deposits in a safe, responsible, and efficient way.
Roll call votes on H.R. 2021 will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress and a “YES” vote will be considered the pro-taxpayer position.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Government Affairs Manager Brandon Greife at (703) 683-5700