Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Blocking Rail Transportation of LNG

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Biden administration suspended a Trump-era rule allowing for the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail.

“Our nation needs to be able to get energy to market. That is essential to both our economic and national security,” said Hoeven. “Whether it’s blocking new natural gas pipelines or holding up our ability to safely transport LNG by rail, the Biden administration continues to undermine our country’s energy security with its heavy-handed regulatory approach. Instead, President Biden needs to take the handcuffs off domestic energy production and empower us to utilize all of our abundant resources to reduce energy costs for American consumers while helping reduce the reliance of our allies on energy from adversaries like Russia, Venezuela and Iran.”

Hoeven continues working to push back on burdensome and costly regulations from the Biden administration on U.S. energy production. His efforts include legislation he is sponsoring to 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, among other priorities.

Hoeven’s legislation has been included in two comprehensive energy permitting reform bills. 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.