Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) today backed a House measure to expedite natural gas pipeline approvals and potentially expand the East Coast's constrained gas delivery system at a time when New Jersey consumers and businesses are increasingly relying upon natural gas for both heating and electricity.
"New Jersey has experienced a severe shortage of natural gas supplies that has resulted in steep increases in prices on consumers and businesses alike," said Lance. "Today's House-passed bill will expand our constrained gas delivery system by reducing red tape and regulatory burdens. By making these common-sense reforms, this legislation will allow new pipelines to come online safely and efficiently, lowering energy bills for New Jersey households and businesses."
H.R 1900, the "the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act," would streamline the permitting process for natural gas pipelines, strengthening our energy infrastructure to accommodate increased domestic production and use of natural gas in manufacturing and other sectors. The bill modernizes existing procedures to ensure that needed natural gas infrastructure is brought online quickly, efficiently and in compliance with all required laws and regulations.
Passage of the bill comes at a time when New Jersey is struggling to address growing demand for natural gas and supply constraints created by tight pipeline capacity. These constraints have led to shortages and price spikes during the peak demand periods, such as extended winter cold snaps, helping to drive the Garden State's already high energy costs even higher.
"American-made energy production is one of the brightest spots in today's U.S. economy. As innovation leads to even greater production, lawmakers must work together to bring this increased energy production to consumers and businesses in a timely, safe and efficient manner. Today's bipartisan action in Congress will help lower energy costs and bring certainty and jobs across the country while also ensuring responsible environmental protections," concluded Lance.