IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 9, 2017
Mrs. Capito (for herself, Mr. Manchin, and Mr. Portman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To direct the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study of the feasibility of establishing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the United States.
This Act may be cited as the
Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study Act.
Ethane storage study
The Secretary of Energy (referred to in this section as the
Secretary) and the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with other relevant Federal departments and agencies and stakeholders, shall conduct a study of the feasibility of establishing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the Marcellus, Utica, and Rogersville shale plays in the United States.
The study conducted under subsection (a) shall include—
an examination of, with respect to the proposed ethane storage and distribution hub—
geological storage capacity capabilities;
above-ground storage capabilities;
infrastructure needs; and
other markets and trading hubs, particularly hubs relating to ethane; and
the identification of potential additional benefits of the proposed hub to energy security.
Publication of results
Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary and the Secretary of Commerce shall—
submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Energy and Natural Resources and Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report describing the results of the study under subsection (a); and
publish those results on the Internet websites of the Departments of Energy and Commerce, respectively.