Long Votes in Favor of Pipelines

Posted on February 5, 2015 07:59 am CST

Marshfield Mail

 

U.S. Rep. Billy Long placed his vote in support of the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. 

“Too often, construction to build and improve our nation’s energy infrastructure gets caught in Washington’s red tape.,” Long said. “The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act will help move our nation’s abundant supply of natural gas to market, creating jobs and lowering energy costs for hard-working taxpayers.”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is tasked with deciding whether a pipeline is in the public’s best interest. The agency approves or rejects natural gas pipeline construction on an average of 12 months, but other relevant regulatory agencies requiring additional permits, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, often lengthen the process and total project costs. There are currently no statutory time limits on the process.

The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act would require FERC to approve or deny projects within one year of receiving applications. All other agencies involved in additional permits for pipeline construction would have a mandatory maximum 90-day review period. Any pending application after the one-year or 90-day time period without extension would be automatically approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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