Hoeven, Donnelly reintroduce energy infrastructure bill
WASHINGTON--A bipartisan effort in Congress is again pushing for legislation that could speed up energy infrastructure projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
WASHINGTON-A bipartisan effort in Congress is again pushing for legislation that could speed up energy infrastructure projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., reintroduced Wednesday the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which would eliminate the Presidential Permit requirement for projects crossing the national boundary between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico.
The senators, in a statement, said the bill will prevent delays for infrastructure projects like transmission lines and natural gas pipelines by imposing a 120-day time limit on the U.S. State Department to either issue a certificate of crossing or deny approval of a project following the National Environmental Policy Act process.
Keystone XL, which has the support of both Hoeven and Democratic North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, is in its sixth year of the Presidential Permit review process.