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House bill aims to expedite pipeline construction
US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced a bill on May 9 that aims to expedite construction of US natural gas pipelines by streamlining the permitting process and expediting approvals.
Several parts of the country don't have the necessary pipeline capacity as more gas is used to generate electricity, the House Energy and Commerce Committee member noted. Dramatic gas production growth also is occurring in areas of the US without pipeline access to markets, he added.
HR 1900 would amend Sect. 7 of the Natural Gas Act by requiring US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of a new gas pipeline within 12 ...