Westerman Applauds Passage of LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

January 28, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement upon passage of the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, H.R. 351, a bill co-sponsored by Westerman:

"I am proud to have voted for this bill that reduces federal bureaucracy to ensure that LNG export approval processes are streamlined. It promotes job creation, energy independence, and strengthens our national security. H.R. 351 makes sense for the Fourth District and makes sense for America as it reduces the burdens in place on energy producers. I look forward to the bill's passage in the Senate and urge the president to think about Americans, not his own legacy, when this bill lands on his desk."

According to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, H.R. 351 would:

  • Place a 30-day deadline on the Department of Energy to issue final decisions on all applications to export LNG following NEPA environmental reviews of LNG facilities;
  • Provide for expedited judicial review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the circuit where export facilities are proposed; and
  • Require disclosure of destinations of exported LNG as a condition of approval for all LNG exports.

About Rep. Bruce Westerman

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Congressman Bruce Westerman was elected the 20th representative of Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District in 2014. In the 114th Congress, he will serve on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Elected twice to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas's first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction, and an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester. He holds a Master of Forestry degree (2001) from Yale University. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers.

Westerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.

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