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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WU. Mr. Chairman, my amendment prevents funds under the continuing resolution from being used to provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, with exclusive authority to site, construct, expand, or operate an LNG terminal. Simply put, it ends overbearing federal regulation and gives local government and private property owners a say in LNG siting.

This is a States' rights issue. FERC's overbearing, overbroad Federal regulatory structure is preventing States and local communities from having any input, let alone decisionmaking authority, over use of local property.

In Oregon, where there are proposals for construction of LNG terminals, I have heard time and time again from my constituents that they are confused and frustrated by FERC's intrusive projects and unclear timelines. More importantly, their voices are not being heard on decisions that affect their livelihoods and property rights.

FERC has demonstrated in Oregon that it is unwilling to responsibly regulate LNG and is deaf to the needs and concerns of our citizens and communities. Defunding FERC's exclusive approval authority over LNG projects is a crucial first step towards reestablishing a local role in the LNG siting process and ensuring that future energy decisions better reflect local citizens' interests.

I reserve the balance of my time.


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