FERC Official Pans Cross-Border Energy Line Permit Bill

Law360, New York (October 28, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT) -- In prepared testimony for a Tuesday hearing on a bill that would streamline and shorten permitting for cross-border transmission lines and pipelines such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a senior Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official said the bill would render the commission toothless and chill public review.

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 Green, D-Texas...
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