Watching Government: Fine-tuning gas line permitting

Even a law as far-reaching as the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPACT) can't anticipate every potential problem with its provisions. That much quickly became apparent when a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee examined a bill to reform federal natural gas pipeline permitting on July 9. The Natural Gas Act initially gave the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to determine if proposed interstate gas pipeline projects should be approved. EPACT designated FERC lead agency to coordinate with other federal, state, and local government entities that issue associated permits. It did not give FERC authority to enforce decision deadlines for those entities. HR 1900, which Rep. Mike P...

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