AXPC Statement on Senate Nomination Hearing for Brenda Mallory to Chair CEQ

“Support for American energy production leads to more funding for our
states, communities, and national preservation efforts”

WASHINGTON – In advance of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Hearing on the Nomination of Brenda Mallory to serve as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the American Exploration and Production Council underscored the importance of preserving the reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA):

“Last year’s modernization of NEPA was the first meaningful, comprehensive update since 1978 and included changes that are vital to improving efficiency and effectiveness for all types of infrastructure development,” said AXPC CEO Anne Bradbury.  “Modern infrastructure is critical to delivering energy to American families in the safest and most sustainable manner.”

Since 1978, the U.S. has gone from a net importer to a net exporter of energy; demand for clean natural gas has grown dramatically; and emissions-reductions technology developed by the American oil and gas industry have positioned our country as a global leader in both energy production and environmental protection.

“A modernized NEPA ensures environmental impacts are appropriately considered while also serving to expedite all infrastructure projects – from surface transportation to water infrastructure to energy projects like powerlines, wind turbines, and oil and gas development.  Efficient infrastructure permitting is vital to America’s ability to recover and prosper economically.  We hope the Senate EPW Committee will use this Hearing to understand Ms. Mallory’s approach to NEPA and get a detailed account of how she will lead additional reforms through CEQ,” said Bradbury.

American oil and gas companies need clear, efficient, and consistent agency decisions to produce the energy the world needs to meet growing demand – production which also leads to millions of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for states, counties, municipalities, landowners, conservation funds, and the U.S. Treasury. The continuation of the 2020 modernization of NEPA allows for more consistent and timely permitting decisions for production, especially on federal lands, leading to more funding for our states, communities, and national preservation efforts.

About the American Exploration and Production Council:
AXPC is a national trade association representing the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. We lead the world in the cleanest and safest onshore production of oil and gas, while supporting millions of Americans in high-paying jobs and investing a wealth of resources in our communities. Learn more at https://www.axpc.org/

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