Craig briefs: Bennet cosponsors bill to speed up LNG exports
January 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, recently joined U.S. Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, and Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, to introduce the Liquefied Natural Gas Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. The bipartisan bill is set speed up the approval process for exports of liquefied natural gas to countries, which do not have free trade agreements with the United States.
"Colorado has led the way in demonstrating we can produce natural gas safely and in a way that protects drinking water, reduces fugitive methane emissions and safeguards nearby communities," Bennet said in a statement. "Now we have a huge opportunity to grow this market and increase the use of this cleaner fuel. This bill will support Colorado jobs by helping natural gas producers in our state expand to new overseas markets."
Prior to approving applications to export natural gas to countries, which do not have free trade agreements with the United States, the Secretary of Energy must make a public interest determination which includes a public comment period. The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act specifically requires a decision on any LNG export application within 45 days after the environmental review document for the project is published.
Other original cosponsors of the measure include U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dekota, John Hoeven, R-North Dekota, Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virgina.
CPW: Remove items that could entangle big game
Throughout Colorado, deer have entered the mating season and residents are reminded to put away equipment in which big game animals can become tangled. Residents are also asked to be careful how outdoor Christmas decorations are hung.
On Nov. 8, a large mule deer buck got stuck in the ropes of a batting cage at Durango High School. Fortunately, a passer-by saw the deer and alerted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. A wildlife officer sawed off the animal's antlers to set it free.
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"Every year big game animals get hung up in items such as volleyball nets, hammocks and Christmas ornaments," Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango, said in a statement. "When that happens it's very stressful for the animal, sometimes fatal and it can be dangerous for people."
Deer, especially bucks, are especially active at this time of year as they chase females and compete with other bucks. They are completely focused on "the rut" and are less wary of human-made structures and vehicles. CPW urges everyone to look for items that could cause problems, such as clotheslines, trampolines, low-hanging wires, swing sets, tomato cages, plastic fencing, chicken wire, bicycles, toys, etc. If you see an animal tangled in something, contact the local CPW office.