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May 9, 2013

Pompeo introduces bill to speed up natural gas pipeline permits

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and four other House members have introduced legislation to force federal regulators to rule on new interstate gas pipelines faster.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo is among five House members who said they had introduced a bill in the U.S. House to force federal regulators to rule on new interstate gas pipelines faster.

According to a news release from Pompeo's office, Pompeo, along with congressmen Jim Matheson, Pete Olson, Cory Gardner and Bill Johnson, introduced H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, on Thursday.

Pipeline projects require approvals from several federal agencies, under the lead of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Pompeo contends that too often the projects are held up by permitting delays.

According to Pompeo’s office, the bill would:

• Require that FERC approve or deny a pipeline within 12 months from the application;
• Require that all relevant agencies rule on the permit within 90 days after FERC completes its environmental review;
• And, if an agency doesn’t respond within the 90 days, allow the permit to go into effect.

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