Energy Secretary Calls Infrastructure Development Top Priority

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 09: Secretary of Energy nominee Ernest Moniz arrives for testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Moniz, a nuclear physicist, testified before a full committee hearing on his pending nomination. 
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Clare Foran
Jan. 31, 2014, 1:51 a.m.

U.S. En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz on Thursday signaled that U.S. en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment is a top do­mest­ic policy pri­or­ity, Re­u­ters re­ports.

“Our in­fra­struc­ture needs to build out,” Mon­iz said.

The En­ergy sec­ret­ary’s re­marks came after Mon­iz said that in­fra­struc­ture has not kept pace with a re­cent surge in U.S. oil and nat­ur­al-gas pro­duc­tion.

When asked to com­ment on a series of crude-by-rail ac­ci­dents on either side of the U.S. and Ca­na­dian bor­der, Mon­iz poin­ted to the in­ab­il­ity of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture to ef­fect­ively trans­port oil and nat­ur­al gas as a key weak­ness of the do­mest­ic en­ergy mar­ket.

“Here we have a case, es­pe­cially with the pro­duc­tion in North Dakota, where the Bakken shale [out­put] zoomed from es­sen­tially noth­ing to past 1 mil­lion bar­rels a day,” Mon­iz said. ”[There is a] mis­match in terms of how we add in­fra­struc­ture to hand­ling our new pro­duc­tion,” he ad­ded.

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