On May 14, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held the first of three forums on natural gas. The panel discussed pipeline infrastructure and the use of natural gas in the transportation sector. Many forum members advocated for the development of fueling stations. They also pushed for pipeline modernization to decrease the risk of methane fugitive emissions. Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) said that he and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) would work on ways to mitigate these emissions. Several encouraged a quicker permitting process by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and a few pushed for the removal of disincentives to the natural gas industry, such as the 12 percent excise tax. The panelists also highlighted the link between natural gas and renewables, saying natural gas can act as a base fuel and ensure reliability for variable resources like wind. The second and third forums will be held on May 21 and 23.