WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses about promoting American energy security while reducing emissions.
PERMITTING CHALLENGES: “What issues are rural co-ops facing with regards to permitting and infrastructure build-out? If we’re going to have all electric vehicles, we need to have capacity. Are these permitting hurdles applied equally, no matter what the generation is, whether it’s renewables or it’s fossil fuels? What are those challenges?”
ONE FEDERAL DECISION: “I think the One Federal Decision that you were talking about, if we can get that running smoothly, it’s certainly projected to be able to save time, energy, and at least get an answer. I’ve always said if the answer is going to be no at the end, tell me no in the beginning so I can make the adjustments I need to make rather than drag it out and cost a lot of money and cost a lot of time.”
OIL & GAS INDUSTRY HAS BEEN REDUCING EMISSIONS: “What are the top issues small oil and gas producers are facing right now and how can we remove some of those barriers? The chairman talked about methane, and I’d like to give you a chance to talk about what your industry is doing in terms of capturing methane emissions and how the improvements have been moving along.”
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