At a time when Congress is expected take little action
in the run-up to the November elections, U.S. Rep. David Wu
(D-Ore.) has introduced a new bill aimed at returning state control over where to place liquefied natural gas facilities.
Wu, who's running for re-election in the First Congressional District against Republican Rob Cornilles, on Tuesday introduced the Local Control for Energy and the Environment Act
. The bill would repeal portions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act that stripped away much of the decision-making power over LNG facilities from the states.
Those changes led Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski
to enter into a tense standoff
with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the controversial Bradwood Landing
LNG proposal near Astoria.
Wu's bill would return much of the authority states lost over LNG decisions in the Bush-era Energy Policy Act. It would also require FERC to consult with states about any inter-agency agreements over safety and security at LNG facilities.
"It's about bringing the state back into the process and ensuring Oregonians are able to determine the energy future of their own communities," says Julia Krahe, a spokeswoman for Wu.
We'll check back when the House wraps up to see if this bill went anywhere in the final weeks of the congressional session.