Congressman John Hostettler (IN-08) said that last week's passage of H.R. 5254, the Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act, is another step forward as America works to free itself from dependence on foreign sources of energy.
"The House of Representatives has been out front on this," the congressman said, "It's an issue that has repercussions for jobs, the economy, and national security. In 1981, we had 324 operating refineries in the U.S., today we have 148. That's unacceptable."
Despite an increasing demand for fuel, the United States has not built a single oil refinery in the country since 1976. This legislation works to provide American businesses with the long-term regulatory framework that they need to be able to construct and operate new refineries as soon as possible.
The Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act establishes a federal coordinator to bring together all U.S. government agencies responsible for issuing permits in order to help the permitting process move as expeditiously as possible.