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State-Based Regulation, Pipeline Permitting Reform
Will Help Sustain U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

WASHINGTON (November 19, 2013) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in support of the "Protecting States Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act" (H.R. 2728) and the "Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act" (H.R. 1900), scheduled for House floor consideration this week.

"We applaud Congressmen Flores and Pompeo for championing legislation that ensures natural gas continues to be a driving force behind American manufacturing expansion and job creation.

"H.R. 2728 will help maintain a healthy supply of competitively-priced natural gas while preserving quality, state-based regulatory oversight. Natural gas production on federal lands has been declining in recent years. Proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulations will exacerbate the problem by causing permitting delays and increased production costs. H.R. 2728 will level the field for production on federal, state and private lands and should result in increased production.

"H.R. 1900 will streamline the pipeline permitting process, which will make it easier for the nation to get energy from where it is produced to manufacturers who need it. More than $90 billion in potential U.S. chemical industry investment already has been announced, and this legislation will help link these and forthcoming projects to production sites around the country.

"These bills represent concrete steps that will accelerate the national economic benefits of shale gas , and we urge swift passage by the House."

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