Today, U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) voted in favor of House Resolution 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. This legislation would end Washington Bureaucratic red tape causing unnecessary permitting delays on offshore energy production opportunities.
"Expanding our production of domestic energy would not only reduce prices at the pump, but also significantly improve our economy and create jobs," Rep. Fincher said. "Unfortunately, the red tape and bureaucratic regulations coming out of Washington are causing needless delay in our ability to produce energy offshore. By expediting the process to obtain the permits needed for exploration drilling, this legislation will help alleviate the pain at the pump and create more jobs right here at home."
This bill would amend the Clean Air Act -- which has created confusion and delayed oil exploration in the Alaskan Outer Continental Shelf -- by shortening the EPA's approval process for issuing air pollution permits for offshore oil and gas development.