The House passed legislation on Wednesday to expedite the federal review process for natural gas pipeline applications.
Passed 253-169, the bill would allow automatic approval of natural gas pipelines if federal agencies don't act within a certain timeframe.ADVERTISEMENT
Under the measure, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would be ordered to approve or deny a pipeline application within 12 months. Agencies responsible for issuing licenses or permits must act within 90 days after FERC issues a final environmental review, though the deadline could be extended by 30 days if the agency demonstrates it can't finish in time.
But if the agency doesn't make a decision by then, a pipeline would automatically be approved.