January 9, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 4 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 4
(Senate - January 09, 2019)
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[Pages S102-S103] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS The following petitions and memorials were laid before the Senate and were referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated: POM-1. A concurrent resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio urging the United States Congress to enact bills advancing the development of an Appalachian storage hub; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 21 Whereas, The Appalachian region, including parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and all of West Virginia, contains world class supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) that contribute to the country's energy dominance; and Whereas, Harnessing those supplies by constructing an Appalachian storage hub involves major investments in infrastructure, including storage caverns and pipelines, and implementation of a significant jobs program for the residents of the Appalachian region; and Whereas, Natural gas liquids are the major feedstock of the chemical industry and the region contains enough feedstock to attract $35 billion in new chemical and plastics industry investment. Chemical and plastic industry investments of this scale could create 100,000 new jobs, $28 billion in new economic output, more than $6 billion in annual payroll, and nearly $3 billion a year in new federal, state, and local tax revenue; and Whereas, Enactment of the federal ``Appalachian Energy and Manufacturing Revitalization Act'' would improve the infrastructure permitting process by directing the Secretaries of Energy and Commerce to approve projects related to the Appalachian storage hub, identify the lead federal and state agency liaisons, and coordinate with them on designating the project; and Whereas, The bill directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider relevant licenses and permits for the requisite pipeline infrastructure, and then requires the other federal agencies to complete consideration of their respective permits within 60 days of the completion of the FERC licensing or have their jurisdictional permits deemed approved; and Whereas, In addition to the ``Appalachian Energy and Manufacturing Revitalization Act,'' the ``Capitalizing American Storage Potential Act'' would make a regional NGL storage hub eligible for the Department of Energy's successful Title XVII loan guarantee program, and the ``Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study Act of 2017'' would help assess the feasibility and potential benefits of establishing a subterranean ethane storage and distribution hub in central Appalachia; now therefore be it Resolved, That we, the members of the 132nd General Assembly of the State of Ohio, urge the Congress of the United States to enact bills advancing the development of an Appalachian storage hub, including all of the following: The ``Appalachian Energy and Manufacturing Revitalization Act of 2017''; The ``Capitalizing American Storage Potential Act'', and The ``Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study Act of 2017''; and be it further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, each member of the Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania Congressional delegations, and the news media of Ohio. ____ POM-2. A resolution adopted by the Town Council of Durham, New Hampshire, calling on the United States Congress to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war; to the Committee on Foreign Relations. POM-3. A petition from a citizen of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico requesting [[Page S103]] that the government of the United States exempt Puerto Rico from the regulations of the Jones Act, also known in Puerto Rico as the Cabotage Act, to allow foreign-flag ships to bring goods to the country; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. ____________________