NPC Study Offers Ways to Improve Pipeline Regulatory Process

(P&GJ) — The National Petroleum Council (NPC) released a report focusing on pipeline permitting solutions, which suggests the regulatory process for infrastructure needs to be simplified in order to eliminate redundancies

 “Dynamic Delivery: America’s Evolving Oil and Natural Gas Transportation Infrastructure” focuses on methods to cut down on bottlenecks hampering U.S. energy supplies, which are increasingly in demand to global and domestic users.

 “Unfortunately, as this report points out, too many infrastructure projects are being delayed or even blocked by unpredictable permitting processes – projects that could deliver more clean-burning and affordable fuel to millions of households,” INGAA President and CEO of the Don Santa said. “If we are to maintain America’s role as a global energy leader, we must continue to invest in energy infrastructure.”

In addition to regulatory-related suggestions, the report highlights technological innovations that can improve safety and reliability, as well as reducing the environmental impact of oil and natural gas transportation infrastructure.

 Among the report’s key findings:

  • Even in energy scenarios designed to meet climate change targets, the largest energy sources continue to be oil and natural gas through at least 2040 to provide reliable and affordable energy.
  • Several critical infrastructure bottlenecks exist: natural gas pipeline access to New England and New York, the Port of Houston channel capacity, and oil and natural gas export capability.
  • Increased natural gas use replacing coal to generate electricity has been the single-largest contributor to reducing U.S. CO2 emissions by 15% since 2005.
  • Successful infrastructure projects depend on early, effective, and continuous stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

The study, in total, covers 600 pages, so it is not a quick read, but key findings can be found in a 50-page executive study. The NPC study can be downloaded at

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