US House narrowly passes bill on refining, pipelines

10/17/2005
The US House of Representatives passed the Energy and Commerce Committee’s refining and pipeline bill Oct. 7 by a two-vote margin (OGJ Online, Oct. 4, 2005). But as members headed to their home districts for a week-long Columbus Day recess, it was still not clear how much effect the measure will have.Proponents said HR 3893, the Gasoline for America’s Security Act, would reform cumbersome siting procedures by requiring the Department of Energy to coordinate refinery permitting-but only if a state’s governor requests the process or if the US president designates the site as potentially suitable for a refinery.“In 1981, there were 324 operating refineries in the boun...
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