Barrasso Leads Bill to Fight Cost Increases & Protect Reliability for Electric and Natural Gas Service

March 23, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), was joined by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) in introducing the Ensuring National Security Using Reliable Energy (ENSURE) Act. 

This legislation will stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) recent policy statements that apply to natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure from going into effect until natural gas and electric reliability is secure and electricity and natural gas prices have stabilized. 

“FERC’s destructive new policies will make it nearly impossible to build or upgrade any natural gas infrastructure. They will choke the world’s most efficient and safe natural gas delivery network,” said Barrasso. “My legislation stops that from happening. The ENSURE Act will protect the availability of American energy and guard against even higher energy prices for American families. It will allow American energy to heat our homes, power our industries, and keep the lights on.” 

Read the text of the ENSURE Act here

Background Information: 

On March 3, 2022, ENR held a full committee hearing to review recent actions of FERC relating to permitting construction, operation of interstate natural gas pipelines, and other natural gas infrastructure projects. 

On February 15, 2022, Barrasso sent a letter to FERC calling on the Commissioners to protect the reliability and affordability of American energy and not delay natural gas infrastructure projects.