Lucas Joins others to Expand Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure
Mike Seals - January 31, 2021 4:46 pm
Cheyenne, OK – Yesterday, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and 42 of his Republican colleagues in introducing the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, which would encourage and promote the construction of energy infrastructure across the borders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
“The misguided executive orders published by the Biden Administration impacting America’s energy independence threaten revenue yielding energy production and our national security,” said Congressman Lucas. “I’m proud to cosponsor my friend, Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s legislation, the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, which would provide regulatory certainty and enable the United States to further expand energy facilities. Instead of cutting off resources, we must ensure America’s energy industry has the tools it needs to produce and provide reliable, affordable energy.”
The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act would establish transparent, reliable procedures to provide regulatory certainty and enable the United States to further expand the mutually beneficial energy relationship with Canada and Mexico. By streamlining the construction and operation of international border-crossing facilities used for the import and export of oil, natural gas, and electricity, the United States can more efficiently continue the trade of energy products with neighboring countries.
“On his first day in office, President Biden directly attacked the American energy industry and our energy independence by cancelling a key permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Mullin said. “No president should have the authority to unilaterally cancel such a large project that brings good-paying jobs and economic development to our country. This legislation simplifies the construction and operation of energy facilities that cross international borders and replaces the Presidential Permit requirements before constructing an energy facility that crosses the U.S. border between Canada or Mexico. Energy production in the United States plays a vital role in our country’s job creation and economic growth and this bill will prevent further political decisions that destroy the industry.”
The value of energy traded between the United States and our North American neighbors exceeded $140 billion in 2015, with $100 billion in U.S. energy imports and over $40 billion in exports.
Cosponsors of the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act include:
Representatives Randy Weber (TX-14), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), David McKinley (WV-01) Troy Balderson (OH-12), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Daniel Meuser (PA-09), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), French Hill (AR-02), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Greg Steube (FL-17), Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Jim Baird (IN-04), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Austin Scott (GA-08), Bob Latta (OH-05), Pete Stauber (MN-08), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Tom Cole (OK-04), Greg Murphy (NC-03), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Lauren Boebert (CO-03), John Joyce (PA-13), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Pat Fallon (TX-04), Steve Womack (AR-03), Tracey Mann (KS-01), Michael Guest (MS-03), Brian Babin (TX-36), Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Chris Stewart (UT-02), John Rutherford (FL-04), Scott Perry (PA-10), Stephanie Bice (OK-05), and Fred Keller (PA-12).