Texas Expands Pipeline, Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Powers

Law360, Houston (June 17, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry approved legislation Friday designed to fast track greenhouse gas emissions permits and empower the state to impose environmental and safety standards on the operators of some 77,000 miles of unregulated oil and gas pipeline tributaries.

Perry signed into law H.B. 788 and H.B. 2982, which respectively eliminate long waits at the Environmental Protection Agency by authorizing the state to issue greenhouse gas emissions permits and bring within the state’s regulatory purview rural gathering lines that tie into pipelines transporting petroleum, natural gas...
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