American Workers Herald Job Creation Benefits of Bill to Help Fulfill Nation’s Natural Gas Potential

November 21, 2013

H.R. 1900 “One Important Step to Help Set the Booming Natural Gas Sector on Sound Footing for the Future”

Ahead of today’s vote on H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, leading labor unions voiced support for the legislation authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) that would expedite the construction of pipeline infrastructure needed to transport America’s growing natural gas supplies. American workers praised the bill and expressed the need to reform the permitting process so job-creating pipelines can move forward without needless regulatory delays.

International Union of Operating Engineers

 “Regulatory uncertainty and procedural delay during environmental reviews have hindered the growth of jobs related to the natural-gas industry. … Enactment of H.R. 1900 is only one important step to help set the booming natural gas sector on a sound footing for the future…”

Laborers International Union of North America

“Between now and 2035, IHS Global Insight estimates that more than $3 trillion in investments in unconventional gas are expected to be developed. This investment would create upwards of 2.4 million jobs and generate roughly $1.5 trillion in federal, state, and local tax revenue by 2015. These pipeline projects create good paying jobs for hard working Americans within the construction sector. … The financial impact that natural gas pipeline projects have on our economy is too great to be held down by the current approval process.”

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry

"As the production of domestic natural gas increases and accounts for a greater share of the nation’s electricity generation, we need to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to bring natural gas sources to market. Right now, the regulatory process can cause significant delays in the construction of critical infrastructure … H.R. 1900 will give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission additional tools to strengthen and streamline this process, while still preserving the environmental review necessary for each of these pipeline projects."

Click here to view a complete listing of those organizations that have lent their support to the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act.