Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 2883, the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, to encourage and promote the construction of energy infrastructure across border lines with our North American neighbors.
The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act would establish transparent, reliable procedures to provide regulatory certainty and enable the United States to further expand the mutually beneficial energy relationship with Canada and Mexico. By streamlining the construction and operation of international border-crossing facilities used for the import and export of oil, natural gas, and electricity, the United States can more efficiently continue the trade of energy products with neighboring countries.
“Energy production in the United States plays a vital role in our country’s job creation and economic growth,” Mullin said. “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.”
“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,” Green said. “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.”
The United States, Canada, and Mexico have always enjoyed the benefits of a firmly united and highly productive North American oil, gas, and electricity trade market. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), energy trade among the three nations was valued at over $140 billion in 2015.