Two months ago the House passed HR 351, The LNG (short for Liquefied Natural Gas or fracked gas) Permitting and Transparency Act. The bill will soon be voted on in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as Senate Bill 33 (S.33), and it is picking up some steam. Eleven senators are now listed as co-sponsors, including three of the "Nimrod 9" Democrats who not only voted for the Keystone XL bill, but also voted against President Obama's veto of the same.
If this bill is passed it would force the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a final decision on LNG facilities within 30 days after agencies give them the green-light. This would allow frackers to bypass the public process and grant approval after approval of LNG facilities before they are fully evaluated. Over 30,000 members like you have already taken action, but the bill continues to gather steam. Can you ask your social network to pile on too?
To give you an idea of how bad this bill is, it even received a thumbs down from the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (ICEA). The ICEA is one of the largest consumers of fracked gas in the country, and their president, Paul Cicio, recently testified against this bill in the Senate. Mr. Cicio told the Senate that he opposes the bill for many reasons, but chief among them is, "S.33 short circuits the public interest determination and consumer protections."1 Talk about the enemy of my enemy is my friend. If one of the largest users of fracked gas in the country sees how detrimental this bill is, why can't certain senators?
If we are going to keep this train in the station, we will need as many people as possible to tell their senators that when it comes to fast track LNG, "Let's Not Go There." Can you please tell your friends, family, neighbors and others to derail fast track LNG legislation before it takes our country off-track?
Let's keep the brakes on the high speed LNG train once and for all.
Thanks for taking action,
Anthony and the Environmental Action team
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