Reducing our Middle East energy dependence is a major step toward increasing our national security. With this in mind, making the United States energy secure from other nations is one of my highest priorities as your Congressman. North Dakota is blessed with the resources to lead the charge toward energy security, and I am proud of the hard work done by our oil producers in North Dakota each day to make this goal possible. I remain firmly committed to advancing this goal on a national level as a member of two important energy subcommittees, and the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations. I am also pleased to be chosen by the House Majority Leader to serve on the newly formed House Energy Action Team (HEAT).
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Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. State Department extended the comment period for the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The State Department indicated “uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court” as a reason for additional time. Over 2,000 days ago TransCanada submitted its initial application for approval of the pipeline to run from Hardisty, Alberta to an existing pipeline near Steele City, Nebraska.
BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has responded to an inquiry made by Congressman Kevin Cramer last week at a hearing of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Cramer asked about the status of a research plan due to Congress over a year ago. An interagency working group to coordinate and plan agency research on unconventional oil and natural gas attained from hydraulic fracturing was announced in April 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing of the Science, Space and Technology Committee today, Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) research in gas turbine efficiency, and the status of hydraulic fracturing research activities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer recognized the volunteer efforts of two North Dakota electric linemen on the floor of the House of Representatives. Jody Bruce of Minot and Josh Hoffman of Carrington traveled to Haiti to help provide electricity in the community of Caracol.
In addition to recognizing them on the House floor, Cramer will fly two American flags over the U.S. Capitol building in appreciation of their volunteer service.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on its lack of transparency and questionable enforcement of wildlife laws. For more than 10 months, the FWS has delayed fulfilling requests for documents providing insight into the development of its enforcement policies. There are concerns the Obama Administration is being selective in determining which energy producers are investigated or prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed a bill cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to save taxpayer dollars and protect jobs by ending the Obama Administration’s attempts to rewrite and drastically expand coal mining regulation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer introduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would reduce the loss of natural gas due to flaring and venting by expediting permits for pipelines on Federal and Indian land. The companion bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this month by Senators John Hoeven (ND), John Barrasso (WY), and Mike Enzi (WY).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama signed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to relieve the national propane shortage. The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014 guarantees an extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation emergency declarations to speed deliveries through May 31, 2014.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill to clear unnecessary red tape from pipelines, highways, and other federally funded construction projects passed the House of Representatives today. Congressman Kevin Cramer said the legislation will expedite the review process required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) while the same standards for approval are maintained.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation to halt devastating new coal regulations has passed the House of Representatives. The Electricity Security and Affordability Act, with Congressman Kevin Cramer as an original cosponsor, will prevent the Obama Administration from going forward with rulemaking to limit carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.