Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Expand LNG Exports, Reduce Bureaucratic Red Tape
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of a measure to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports by placing a 30 day deadline for the Department of Energy to issue a final decision on construction applications after an environmental review is complete.
“Expanding LNG exports will help us boost the economy while increasing energy security here and abroad,” said LaMalfa. “This bill, which would create an estimated 45,000 Americans jobs by 2018, will bring sorely needed common sense to DoE’s approval process by eliminating unnecessary and burdensome red tape within the approval process. We cannot sit back and watch as the federal government stands in the way of getting our economy back on track and Americans back to work.”
“In addition to domestic economic benefits, this legislation increases Europe’s access to natural gas and diminishes the region’s reliance on certain nations which have inappropriately used their mineral resources as political leverage,” LaMalfa added.
H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, passed out of the House on a vote of 277-133.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.