Hoeven Welcomes EPA Administrator McCarthy to ND, Showcases State's Clean Coal Technologies, Senator John Hoeven welcomed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to North Dakota to highlight the state’s high-tech energy development and good environmental stewardship.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 02,2014 - Hoeven Welcomes EPA Administrator McCarthy to ND, Showcases State's Clean Coal Technologies, Good Environmental Stewardship
BEULAH, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven welcomed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to North Dakota to highlight the state’s high-tech energy development and good environmental stewardship.
Hoeven, along with Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Keven Cramer, hosted McCarthy on a tour of the Dakota Gasification Company in Beulah to see the cutting-edge technologies the plant has developed to produce natural gas from coal. The facility not only produces gas from coal, but pipes CO2, which is a byproduct of the process, to oil fields, where it helps produce more oil while sequestering carbon in the ground.
Hoeven invited McCarthy to visit North Dakota a year ago, prior to her confirmation as EPA Administrator. The senator wanted to showcase how the state is aggressively developing its energy resources and to help her better understand North Dakota’s comprehensive, states-first approach to energy development. More than a decade ago, Hoeven as governor initiated Empower North Dakota, the state’s first comprehensive energy plan. Empower North Dakota is a true all-of-the-above approach to energy development, which promoted all of the state’s varied energy resources in tandem, both traditional and renewable.
“We want Administrator McCarthy to see the remarkable progress we’ve made with our true all-of-the-above approach to energy development by deploying new technologies that are producing more energy with better environmental stewardship,” Hoeven said. “I have asked her before, and asked her again today, to work with us to do for America what we did for North Dakota. With sensible regulations and regulatory certainty, America’s energy industry can achieve the long-sought, long-elusive goal of true energy security for our nation – but we need the cooperation and willingness of the EPA to get there.”
The senator reviewed with McCarthy new comprehensive legislation he has introduced in the U.S. Senate that would similarly develop all of the nation’s energy resources. The Empower States Act is a measure Hoeven authored that will put states and Native American tribal governments first in the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. The senator said every state’s geology is different and nobody knows better than local professionals and authorities how best to protect their own environment. Earlier in the day at the United Tribes Technical College, Hoeven gave an overview of the bill at a meeting of tribal leaders attended by McCarthy, Senator Heitkamp and Congressman Cramer.
Hoeven has also introduced the Domestic Jobs and Energy Act (DEJA), which is a comprehensive package of 13 diverse energy bills, addressing both traditional and renewable development. The measure is designed to streamline and simplify regulations, boost domestic energy supplies, build American energy infrastructure, safeguard America’s supply of critical minerals used in modern high-tech manufactured products and create jobs.
The bill focuses on key areas to help guide the nation toward true energy independence. Those include establishing an American energy development plan, just as North Dakota did a decade ago with the Empower ND initiative. It requires the Interior