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FERC Official Not On Board With Cross-Border Energy Bill

The process for approval of pipelines that cross the border should not be sped up, a FERC regulator will testify Tuesday.(ANDREW BURTON/Getty Images)

photo of Alex Brown
October 28, 2013

A plan to expedite cross-border pipelines and other energy projects would inhibit agencies' ability to review projects and would stifle public feedback on proposals, according to testimony that will be presented Tuesday by an energy regulator.

"A 120-day deadline would not permit construction of an adequate record, enable important agency consultation, or allow for meaningful public interaction in arriving at a decision," wrote Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official Jeff Wright, addressing the modified pipeline-approval window.

Wright is among the officials who will testify Tuesday on the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas.

 

Wright continued: "[T]he proposed ... approval process would negate the ability of the commission to consider stakeholder concerns and severely curtail the commission's ability to conduct a thorough analysis of a project involving border facilities, resulting in a decision whose sustainability is questionable."

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