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Jan 21, 2015
H.R. 161 proposes to replace the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) existing natural gas permitting process with an unworkable and dangerous approach. The Government Accountability Office has concluded that FERC’s existing pipeline permitting is predictable and consistent and gets pipelines built. FERC currently decides 90% of permit applications within 12...
Nov 14, 2014
H.R. 5682 grants a regulatory earmark to TransCanada Corporation, effectively exempting TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from all federal permitting requirements, including requirements that apply to every other construction project in this country. Tar sands are a dirty, high-polluting fuel. On a life-cycle basis, tar sands crude produces up to 40% more carbon pollution than...
Nov 13, 2014
On November 13, 2014, the House passed H. Res. 748 by a roll call vote of 233 -185. H. Res. 748 is the rule governing H.R. 5682, legislation that would approve the construction and operation of the TransCanada Keystone pipeline. The House proceeded with an hour of general debate on H.R. 5682 and upon conclusion of debate, Rep. Lois Capps raised the motion to recommit the legislation...
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
On September 18, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2 by a vote of 226-191.
Jun 25, 2014
The Republican-led House of Representatives in on track to mark a grim milestone today: the 500th vote on the floor to undermine protection of the environment. In the 112th Congress, the House Republicans voted 317 times for anti-environment positions. In 2013, the anti-environment votes increased by 109 to 426. Today, the House is likely to cast its 500th anti-environment...
Jun 24, 2014
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3301 on October 22, 2013. The bill, as introduced, replaces the current procedure and requirements to obtain a presidential permit for construction of transboundary oil or natural gas pipelines and electric transmission lines. The bill’s new approval process effectively requires approval of all transboundary...
Jun 24, 2014
May 7, 2014
The Energy and Commerce Committee began a markup on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 3301, the “North American Energy Infrastructure Act;” • H.R. 4342, the “Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2014;” and, • H.R. 4572, "a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to extend expiring...
Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Renew Request for Information on Koch Industries’ Stake in Keystone XL Pipeline
Apr 17, 2014
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Koch Industries, following up on their letter last month regarding Koch Industries’ financial stake in the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Koch Industries’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary Mark Holden replied to the members’ letter last week but failed to provide any of the...