Fired Up, Ready to Go on Energy Bills in the Week Ahead

After the Senate passed a bipartisan energy overhaul bill last week (S. 2012), both chambers will embark on a variety of energy bills this week. The Senate continues work on the $37.5 billion energy and water spending bill (S. 1140) with a roll call vote later today and amendment votes scheduled tomorrow. There is also a slew of markups planned for energy-related legislation – ranging from pipeline safety to nuclear R&D in the week ahead.

U.S. pipelines Oklahoma

(Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Hill hearings to watch this week:

Oil and Gas - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a rescheduled hearing on Tuesday at 10 a.m. to examine the challenges for oil and natural gas development in various price environments, featuring the Oren Cass with the Manhattan Institute and Jason Bordoff, founder of Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy.

PHMSA – The House Energy and Commerce Committee will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. and then reconvene on Wednesday at 10 a.m. as well as Thursday at 10 a.m. to mark up nearly two dozen bills, including the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016 to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s pipeline safety program.

BLM – Also a subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee will look into the Bureau of Land Management’s “regulatory overreach” into methane emissions regulation at a hearing on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Invasive Species - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining will hold a legislative hearing Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on S.2240  to improve the control and management of invasive species that harm federal land.

Nuclear - The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up two nuclear bills on Friday at 9:30 a.m. The first is H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 – a bill to encourage private research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies. The second draft bill–-yet to be introduced--is the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Policies Act, which would change the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s structure for how fees are collected from nuclear plants.