Energy

Pennsylvania has always led America's production of energy.  From day one, I have been focused on eliminating excessive regulations on energy producers in Pennsylvania. As the second largest electricity producing state in the country, Pennsylvania's industries and workers should continue to fuel our country's energy needs.

Unfortunately, President Obama's war on coal and the federal bureaucracy's excessive government regulations on the energy industry have caused many energy providers to close their production sites.  While President Obama has given subsidies for failed green initiatives such as Solyndra, several coal-fired electricity plants in Pennsylvania have announced retirement or deactivation.  Additionally, the Obama Administration rejected the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have imported oil from Canada (our largest foreign trading partner) and created 20,000 jobs.

Instead, much of our energy continues to come from the Middle East, a tremendously unstable region.  Our dependence on Middle Eastern oil is a toxic habit that leaves our nation vulnerable to supply disruptions and deprives us of important economic benefits.

Increasing our domestic production will alleviate our reliance on foreign oil, give certainty to the market, decrease prices, and create jobs.  I support increasing domestic energy through the advancement of clean-coal technology and the safe exploration of new domestic energy sources such as the Marcellus Shale.  In Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale rock formation is one of the largest natural gas reserves in the hemisphere. I believe this resource can be safely explored and tapped.  By using smart practices and upholding appropriate state regulations, natural gas from the Marcellus Shale can make the United States a leader in energy production.

More on Energy

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today applauded the Trump Administration’s Energy Independence Executive Order, which rolls-back regulatory overreach included in the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan.  The new executive order takes a number of steps to reduce unnecessary Obama-era regulations that hinder American job creation, reduce our energy independence, and raise energy costs.  Barletta previously sponsored two resolutions and signed an amicus brief in the D.C.

Feb 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted to overturn the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) “Stream Buffer Rule,” which has the effect of killing jobs at coal mines that have virtually no environmental impact off-site.  Among other requirements, the rule mandates a 100-foot buffer between coal mines and nearby streams, although DOI’s own reports show that almost all coal mines have no off-site impact, mines are being operated safely, and that lands are being restored successfully under existing federal and state regulations.  Barletta was an original cospon

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued a statement regarding President Trump’s executive actions to clear the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects.  The Obama Administration had held up both projects, most notably Keystone XL, which has been in the works for more than eight years.

Dec 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for legislation which addresses the infrastructure needs of the U.S. waterway system and also allows states to develop their own enforcement programs for the recycling and disposal of coal ash. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, S.

Oct 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today looked back on the 114th Congress and highlighted his record of achievement in a variety of areas, including saving taxpayers more than $3 billion, combating the opioid epidemic, negotiating a new Highway Bill, protecting the steel industry, and strengthening after school programs for children.  The 114th Congress opened in January 2015 and already has concluded much of its business leading into its final session days in November and December of this year.  The 114th Congress has constituted Barletta’s third term in the U.

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release

Click here or on image for video of Rep. Barletta arguing against purchasing energy from Russia for U.S. military installations.

Jun 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today hailed the signing of pipeline safety legislation into law, noting that it included his language that protects the ability of states to use their own pipeline inspectors when dealing with federal agencies.  President Obama has signed S. 2276, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act, which reauthorizes the pipeline safety program administered by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). 

Jun 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted in favor of H.R.

Jun 2, 2016 Opinion Editorial

By Rep. Lou Barletta 

It was like something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real. At about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, a computer in an electricity distribution center in western Ukraine seemed to take on a life of its own. While a helpless worker watched, the cursor on the screen moved by itself and clicked on a box that opened a series of circuit breakers — a move that would take the entire power station offline.  

Apr 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today succeeded in amending pipeline safety legislation to protect the interests of states in using their own pipeline inspectors when dealing with federal agencies.  Barletta’s amendment was incorporated into H.R.