Reps. Want Speedier Permits For Cross-Border Energy Lines

Law360, New York (September 26, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan pair of U.S. representatives on Wednesday introduced legislation that aims to streamline and shorten the application process for cross-border electric transmission lines and oil and natural gas pipelines like the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Currently, the U.S. Department of State and the president have the authority to determine whether oil pipelines can receive presidential permits, but the bill proposed by Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Gene Green, D-Texas, would shift approval power to the secretary of commerce. The bill, known as the North American...
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