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Format: 2014-04-17
Format: 2014-04-17
Apr 16, 2014
Press Release
As Secretary of State John Kerry continues to consider the fate of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to Secretary Kerry explaining why the project is not in our national interest and submitting formal comments critiquing several key elements of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS)....
Mar 26, 2014
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Koch Industries requesting information about Koch Industries’ or its affiliated companies’ financial interests in the Keystone XL pipeline.  Koch Industries has been asked about these ties in the past and has consistently denied having any interest.  But there is mounting evidence that Koch Industries...
Jan 31, 2014
Press Release
Today Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Co-Chairs Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse commented on the State Department release of the final supplemental environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  The statement includes projections of the carbon pollution impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline based on expected values for oil prices, tar sands...
Nov 21, 2013
Bill
Although it is the stated goal of H.R. 1900 to provide for “the timely consideration” of applications for natural gas pipeline projects, the legislative record clearly demonstrates that H.R. 1900 would disrupt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) existing permitting process, which gets natural gas pipelines permitted in a timely manner.  This bill would...
Nov 21, 2013
Floor Action
On November 20, 2013, the House passed H.Res. 420, the rule governing H.R. 1900 with a roll call vote of 225 -194.  Members reconvened on November 21, 2013, for one hour of general debate and a passage vote on H.R. 1900.  Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman spoke in opposition to the bill which undermines public safety and environmental protections.
Nov 20, 2013
Bill
H.R. 3301 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 pipeline and transmission projects with little or no federal environmental review.   Modifications to...
Nov 20, 2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup beginning on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 3301, North American Energy Infrastructure Act On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Subcommittee convened at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.  It reconvened on Wednesday, November 20, at 10:00 a.m....
Oct 29, 2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.    The hearing focused on H.R. 3301, the “North American Energy Infrastructure Act.”
Sep 19, 2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled “Keystone’s Red Tape Anniversary: Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied.”  
Jul 16, 2013
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup beginning on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.  The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 1582, Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013; • H.R. 1900, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act; • H.R. 83, a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the...