WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from across the infrastructure and regulatory community gathered for a panel sponsored by the GAIN Coalition at the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) 2017 Energy Policy Summit. The AABE Energy Policy Summit is taking place from October 16-17, and covers topics such as infrastructure development along with energy and innovation.
Experts on regulation, policy, and industry brought forward the necessity for energy companies – specifically oil and gas – and regulators to continue fostering a mutual understanding of their respective roles to increase energy infrastructure growth across the country.
“Unless private businesses can work consistently with regulators, it will be difficult to really improve our infrastructure,” said former Congressman Albert R. Wynn, a strategic adviser to GAIN and panel moderator. “Lawmakers in Washington from all sides understand how important infrastructure is to growing and sustaining the economy. By investing in infrastructure we can improve millions of lives and help America grow and prosper.”
“There needs to be an established trust between investors in infrastructure and regulating agencies,” said Ross Eisenberg, Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). “Regulators have the ability to balance potential environmental impact with economic opportunity, making the best of these projects for everyone involved.”
“The GAIN coalition is proud to work organizations like AABE that bring the energy industry together,” said GAIN spokesman, Craig Stevens. “We hope the conversation continues and ideas for growing our energy infrastructure network remain in the public eye.”