By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today for H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. This bill will modernize the federal review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications and provide the infrastructure to deliver affordable energy.
The bill would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve or deny pipeline permits within a year of receiving completed applications and require federal agencies to consider completed applications within 90 days of FERC’s review.
Cook said, “It’s time to modernize our infrastructure and do what we need to reform the process to start new projects. Streamlining the approval process will allow manufacturers to build new pipelines, creating jobs. As natural gas becomes an increasingly important source of energy, this commonsense legislation will solve our pipeline infrastructure problems.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.