WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, which would encourage and promote the construction of energy infrastructure across border lines with our North American neighbors.
“Energy production in the United States plays a vital role in our country’s job creation and economic growth,” Mullin said. “This legislation simplifies the construction and operation of energy facilities that cross international borders. It restructures the process so cross-border pipelines can deliver lower costs to consumers and create additional jobs in the energy field, rather than energy projects being politicized or hung up in regulatory uncertainty.”
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.
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. The value of energy traded between the United States and our North American neighbors exceeded $140 billion in 2015, with $100 billion in U.S. energy imports and over $40 billion in exports.
Mullin introduced this legislation last Congress and it passed the House by a vote of 254 - 175.