Today, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act. The legislation expedites the permitting of natural gas gathering lines located on Federal land and Indian land.
Natural gas gathering lines are pipelines that ship unprocessed natural gas from oil and gas wells to natural gas processing plants which separate the gasses (e.g., methane, ethane, propane) from one another. Once processed, the various gases are shipped along interstate natural gas pipelines to market.
"Our bill will reduce unnecessary flaring and help energy companies safely capture and sell more natural gas. It's a win for state and federal budgets and our environment," said Barrasso. "States like Wyoming are making strides in reducing the flaring of natural gas during oil production -- and it's time for Congress to do the same."
"Our legislation is a good example of how we can produce more energy with better environmental stewardship by empowering states and tribes to develop their energy resources," said Hoeven. "North Dakota set a goal of reducing flaring in the State by over 60 percent in six years and this legislation helps accomplish that goal. That not only helps to grow our economy and create jobs, but also brings us closer to our long-sought goal of true energy independence."
"Abundant, low-cost energy shouldn't have to wait on the federal government for approval," said Enzi. "But that's often what happens when we lose natural gas to flaring on account of delays in permitting infrastructure improvements. American energy is ready to power our country if Washington would just get out of the way. We can do better and our legislation is one step in that direction."