Keystone Grabs Spotlight In Cross-Border Permit Bill Debate

Law360, New York (October 29, 2013, 7:47 PM ET) -- The battle over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline took center stage at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Tuesday, as lawmakers sparred over a bill that would streamline and shorten permitting for cross-border transmission lines and pipelines, including revoking the presidential permit needed for oil pipelines such as Keystone XL.

Currently, the U.S. Department of State and the president have the authority to determine whether oil pipelines can receive presidential permits, but the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, proposed by Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Gene...
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