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House Passes Pipeline Expediting Bill

Legislation would require other federal agencies to respond to FERC’s requests within 90 days


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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to expedite the permitting of interstate gas pipelines but Senate action appeared unlikely due to the threat of a Presidential veto.

When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers pipeline permits, it often requests information from federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management.

The legislation by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) would require other federal agencies to respond to FERC’s requests within 90 days. A permit would be approved automatically if FERC did not act on it within 12 months.

In the House debate before the 252-165 vote on the bill, opponents said that 92% of gas pipeline applications already are decided within 12 months and that the legislation would disrupt FERC’s permitting process.

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