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 third 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 caused many energy providers to close their production sites. While President Obama gave 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.
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WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) introduced legislation to incentivize the reclamation of environmentally harmful coal refuse piles. The legislation, H.R. 4977, the Coal Refuse Reclamation Act, would provide a per-ton production tax credit (PTC) to coal refuse fired electric plants, which generate electricity from coal waste while also remediating and reclaiming coal refuse piles on abandoned mine lands.
WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order to boost production of domestically sourced critical minerals. This announcement comes after the Department of Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey released a report yesterday which found that in 2016, the U.S. was partially or fully reliant on imports for 23 mineral commodities. The report states that the U.S. is most reliant on China, where at least 20 critical minerals are exclusively sourced to the nation.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) applauded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Scott Pruitt’s decision to begin the process of formally rolling back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, arguing that the job-killing regulation exceeds the agency’s statutory authority.
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted for legislation led by Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-5) that would protect long established private property rights to underground minerals, including oil and natural gas, in the Allegheny National Forest. Roughly 478,283 acres of this 517,000 acre subsurface mineral estate in Northwestern Pennsylvania are privately owned. The bill, H.R. 2316, the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017, passed the House and now heads to the Senate.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today scored victory with a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy allowing property owners greater control of underground oil, gas, or mineral rights that include hydraulic fracturing on property acquired with FEMA mitigation funds. Barletta in 2014 sent then-FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate a letter urging FEMA to rescind a policy that banned hydraulic fracturing on property purch
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded grant funding for a pilot program to extract Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from soil overburden from Jeddo Coal Company’s anthracite mining operation in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The possibility of future, large-scale REEs production from anthracite coal could boost job creation and economic growth in northeastern Pennsylvania and present an opportunity for the U.S. to move away from its reliance on China for these minerals.
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.
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
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.
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.