Hoeven Outlines Bills to Unleash U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Help Get Energy to Market

Senator Pushing Back on Biden Administration’s Burdensome Regulations, Working to Strengthen U.S. Energy Security & Reduce Prices for Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed the need to provide regulatory relief and reform the federal permitting process to empower greater U.S. energy production. The senator outlined the impact of burdensome regulations being imposed by the Biden administration, like the recently-proposed rule to further limit Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leasing and increase the cost of producing energy on federal lands, which undermine U.S. energy security and lead to higher prices for Americans. Accordingly, Hoeven is pushing back on these actions by President Biden and working to advance the following legislation:  

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mineral Spacing Act, which would remove duplicative BLM permitting regulations and better respect the rights of private mineral holders. 
  • North American Energy Act, a bill to prevent unnecessary delays for important cross-border energy projects, such as pipelines and electrical transmission lines.
  • Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Projects Act, legislation that would streamline and set deadlines for multi-agency National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects needed to get energy to market.

“Clearly it is time to reform our broken federal permitting system. Opponents of U.S. domestic energy production have exploited federal regulations to the point where delay becomes defeat,” said Hoeven. “American consumers pay the price for the regulatory uncertainty being imposed by the Biden administration. That’s why I’m advancing legislation to increase our nation’s energy supply, which is essential to our economic and national security and required to bring down prices and attack inflation.”

Hoeven’s bills have been included in two pieces of comprehensive energy permitting reform legislation. This includes the Spur Permitting of Underdeveloped Resources (SPUR) Act, which Hoeven helped introduce and is sponsored by Senate ENR Ranking Member John Barrasso, and H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.