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house Bill H.R. 2883

Should Regulations Involving Energy Infrastructure Projects That Cross International Borders be Reformed?

Argument in favor

This bill would simplify the process for building oil and natural gas pipelines and electrical transmission facilities that cross international borders, boosting the U.S. energy industry, creating jobs, and delivering cheaper energy to consumers.

bobo541's Opinion
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07/19/2017
Get rid of the harmful regulations that hurt American business and focus on American sector growth!
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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07/19/2017
America is poised to become the largest exporter of oil and natural gas. It's most appropriate to allow our natural resources to be shared with our neighbors.
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Chrissboom's Opinion
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07/17/2017
More pipelines and less regulations = lower costs and more energy independence. Vote yes!
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Argument opposed

By making it easier to building oil and natural gas pipelines and electrical transmission facilities that cross international borders this bill would deepen the role of fossil fuels in the economy and risk environmental damage.

Cindy's Opinion
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07/19/2017
So more opportunities to screw the earth and make the rich richer... No thanks!! Work on alternative energy sources and get us off fossil fuels.
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Betsy's Opinion
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07/17/2017
I oppose this bill. Expansion of fossil fuels is the wrong direction. The US should be investing in clean energy research, development and expansion (including job creation in the US for clean energy) to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
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07/19/2017
I don't understand why we should be investing millions, potentially billions into a bunch of energy projects that will be obsolete in less than 20 years due to our progression towards renewable energy sources especially when these projects most likely won't benefit or be profitable in any short term sense because of this progression to renewable energy sources.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed July 19th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 254 Yea / 175 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    IntroducedJune 12th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2883?

This bill would enact a series of reforms aimed at promoting border energy infrastructure projects that cross international borders, ranging from oil and gas pipelines to electric transmission facilities.

It would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Dept. of Energy to issue a certificate of crossing for a pipeline crossing international borders within 120 days after a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review is completed unless the pipeline is found to not be in the public interest. Certificates wouldn’t be required to modify existing projects

Completed applications for importing or exporting natural gas to Canada and Mexico would be considered for approval within 30 days of FERC getting the application.

A provision of law allowing the federal government to buy rights-of-way — including through eminent domain — for an electricity exchange between Canada and North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska would be amended to note that hearings have been conducted which found the proposed facilities wouldn’t hurt the U.S. electricity supply.

A presidential permit or executive order would no longer be needed to build, connect, operate, or maintain an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility that crosses international borders.

Impact

Oil and natural gas pipelines and electrical transmission facilities that cross internatnional borders; FERC and the Dept. of Energy.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2883

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced this bill to provide regulatory certainty and streamline the construction and operation of international border-crossing energy infrastructure used for the import and export of oil, natural gas, and electricity:

“Energy production in the United States plays a vital role in our country’s job creation and economic growth. The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act simplifies the construction and operation of energy facilities that cross international borders.  It restructures the process so that cross-border pipelines can deliver lower costs to consumers and create additional jobs in the energy field, rather than these energy projects being politicized or hung up in regulatory uncertainty.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) added:

“The United States is in a great position to lead a unified energy sector with its neighbors and allies that would benefit all three nations. As energy production in the United States continues to grow it is essential that we have the infrastructure necessary to support the industry.  These projects should undergo an effective and responsible process for approval and not be subject to political calculations or obstructions.  Our bipartisan legislation will strengthen our alliance and energy independence for the future.”

This legislation passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a party-line 31-20 vote and has the support of one Democratic cosponsor, Rep. Green.


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Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act

Official Title

To establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity.

    Get rid of the harmful regulations that hurt American business and focus on American sector growth!
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    So more opportunities to screw the earth and make the rich richer... No thanks!! Work on alternative energy sources and get us off fossil fuels.
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    I oppose this bill. Expansion of fossil fuels is the wrong direction. The US should be investing in clean energy research, development and expansion (including job creation in the US for clean energy) to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
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    I don't understand why we should be investing millions, potentially billions into a bunch of energy projects that will be obsolete in less than 20 years due to our progression towards renewable energy sources especially when these projects most likely won't benefit or be profitable in any short term sense because of this progression to renewable energy sources.
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    One more chance for rich folks, corporations to pollute and deny the facts. Shame on America and Mr #45. Shame on us for allowing this behavior. Ridiculous.
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    This administration is totally in bed with oil and gas industry. They are setting up an unhealthy environment for all power to be in hands of Russian and other oil oligarchs. There must be watchdogs. There must be checks and balances. Do not allow this administration to roll over citizens so that international oil companies and oligarchs can line their pockets with gold.
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    America is poised to become the largest exporter of oil and natural gas. It's most appropriate to allow our natural resources to be shared with our neighbors.
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    Fossil fuel should be eliminated, not subsidized further.
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    Some of you "YES" voters don't get it that this is to ship oil and natural gas OUT OF THIS COUNTRY,, to Mexico and Canada. If you think this will make us more "energy independent" and "lower costs", you've been drinking the trump coolaid. Republican from Oklahoma brought this forward. NOT in the public interest. BTW, trump administration is making it easier for natural gas suppliers to ship our gas overseas. NOT helping the so called "energy independence" either! And now Saudi Arabia owns the largest refinery in the US in Houston. trump is giving everything away to the country whose 19 citizens took down our towers.
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    Fossil fuels are of the past. We need clean energy. Get out of the '50's.
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    This is another Republicans' try to put money in the pocket of the rich instead of taking care of business.
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    My reading of this is it is another example of derailing environmental protections already in place
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    This will only deepen our reliance on fossil fuels. Why stay dependent when we have other safer, more environmentally sound, fiscally beneficial ways to create energy? It's time to think about the future, not remain in the past.
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    Exploiting obsolete energy sources? Why bother?
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    First, this bill is sponsored by a republican. Therefore, in my opinion it is not good for the American people, nor for any common, non-wealthy citizen. Second, the part of the bill authorizing the government to acquire land either through purchase or eminent domain is concerning to say the least. Does the government plan to take more land from Native American tribes, again? When is enough, enough?
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    Yes, deregulate and simplify
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    We should be spending our time, energy and money on renewable energy projects. This would create many jobs and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Look to the future and not the past.
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    Sorry, this is another push for dirty energy when we need to be concentrating on clean solar and wind energy. Communities shouldn't need to be concerned that they will suffer from fracking, coal.
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    They said the same thing about the horse when they invented the car. Its time to stop selling buggy whips and move into the new reality. Not to mention that the horses pooped all over the streets, were incredibly slow and sometimes dangerous, so no one really missed them in the end. The people who scooped horse poop from the streets and the veterinarians almost went out of business (I am one), but lots of new jobs were created (including this now ending oil lovefest). Your big money Oil Karma has run out so live with it.
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    This is a bill that benefits oil industry states to make higher profits while damaging the environment, sending domestic oil out of our country and ultimately raising the price of gas and oil for Americans. An end run to get XL pipeline built through Nebraska. Please vote no. Protest middle class Americans pocketbooks and our fragile environment. Thank you.
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