The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) and a related promise for energy permitting reform may have improved the outlook for natural gas infrastructure, according to industry stakeholders.


Speakers at LDC Forums’ Mid-Continent Forum in Chicago were under no illusions about the continued challenges facing newbuild projects, especially interstate pipelines. However, recent events have offered a glimmer of hope.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation’s Tony Straquadine, executive director, expressed cautious optimism about the IRA’s implications for the gas sector.

He also noted a commitment by Democratic leadership to take up separate legislation to streamline energy permitting this year, part of a side deal to secure Sen. Joe Manchin’s...