Terry, Graves Introduce Trio of Natural Gas Infrastructure Bills
Legislation would make it easier for long haul trucking industry to utilize natural gas as fuel
U.S. Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Sam Graves (R-MO) have introduced a trio of bills to improve the ability of long haul truck drivers to access and utilize natural gas as a fuel. The legislative proposals are aimed at making it safer, more convenient, and more cost-effective for trucking transportation companies to use natural gas when transporting goods across the country.
To ensure our nation’s infrastructure is prepared for such a shift, the three bills would:
President Obama is also expected to address the advantages of using natural gas in transportation during his State of the Union address later today.
"I have been and will continue to be a strong advocate for diversifying our nation's energy supply," said Congressman Terry. "On a recent trip to the Baaken, I witnessed first-hand our abundant supply of natural gas being flared because it's cheaper to burn than it is to capture. With this plentiful resource, I'm convinced that we can and must expand natural gas use in transportation. Learning everything we can about barriers to natural gas use and removing those barriers should be common sense in our quest for an all-of-the-above energy strategy. I'm pleased to partner with my friend Sam Graves on these three pieces of legislation will help further diversify our energy portfolio."
“America is rich in natural gas resources, as we’ve seen in recent years with the shale gas revolution,” said Congressman Graves, who chairs the small Business Committee. “Natural gas is more cost-efficient than diesel, meaning consumers will feel the savings when shopping at WalMart and Hy-Vee. It also has the ability to substantially reduce emissions. Utilizing natural gas in the long haul trucking industry just makes sense. These bills, which I’m proud to introduce with my friend Lee Terry, provide the tools necessary to make sure companies looking to use natural gas are not at a disadvantage.”