Congressman Pitts Reintroduces Legislation to Expand Domestic Oil Refining Capacity
Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) today reintroduced his legislation to expand America's oil refining capacity and provide relief for consumers at the gas pump. The bill calls for the Administration to identify three military bases slated for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission that would be suitable for locating new oil refineries. The plan would eliminate one hurdle companies must clear before building a new refinery: finding land.
Congressman Pitts' statement follows:
"There hasn't been a new oil refinery built in the United States in more than 30 years. As a result, our ability to refine oil and supply gas and diesel to consumers has not kept pace with the growth in demand. No matter how much crude oil is made available, the United States simply does not have the capacity to refine it. This bill takes a step toward changing that by providing the one thing government can offer immediately: land.
"Even with gas prices coming down from record levels last summer, we still need to focus on ways to increase our energy security, and this plan is one step in the right direction."