House Committee OKs Proposed Pipeline Approval Deadlines
By Sindhu Sundar
Law360, New York (July 10, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT) -- A measure to force the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make a decision on pipeline project proposals within 12 months passed a House energy subcommittee Wednesday, amid warnings from the bill’s detractors that such speedy decision-making could jeopardize the safety and environmental assessments of such projects.
The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power passed H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, by a 17 to 9 vote, a day after some Democrat lawyers and environmental advocates expressed concerns at a hearing before the subcommittee...