U.S. House Bill Could Speed Up Cross-National Pipelines

WASHINGTON — As proponents and opponents continue to await a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, U.S. House energy committee members on Tuesday touted legislation that would streamline the cross-border pipeline permitting process. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which reviews the permits, and environmental advocates say the legislation would hurt more than it would help.  

The bill, authored by U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., would require the federal government to decide on cross-national oil and natural gas pipelines and electronic transmission projects within 120 days, unless there ...

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