H.R. 1900: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

May 09, 2013
Passed House on Nov 21, 2013
14% chance of being enacted
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This bill passed in the House on November 21, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

May 09, 2013
Reported by Committee
Jul 17, 2013
Passed House
Nov 21, 2013
Passed Senate
Signed by the President
Mike Pompeo
Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district
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Last Updated
Dec 09, 2013
4 pages
Related Bills
H.Res. 420 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Nov 20, 2013

Full Title

To provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects.


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14% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Nov 21, 2013 12:13 p.m.
Passed 252/165

22 cosponsors (21R, 1D) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Energy and Power

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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Library of Congress Summary

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11/21/2013--Passed House amended.
Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act - Amends the Natural Gas Act to direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve or deny a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a prefiled project within 12 months after receiving a complete application that is ready to be processed.
Defines "prefiled project" as a project for the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of a natural gas pipeline with respect to which a prefiling docket number has been assigned by FERC pursuant to a prefiling process established by FERC for the purpose of facilitating the formal application process for obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity.
Requires the agency responsible for issuing any federal license, permit, or approval regarding the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of a project for which a certificate is sought to approve or deny issuance of the certificate within 90 days after FERC issues its final environmental document regarding the project.
Requires FERC to grant an agency request for a 30-day extension of the 90-day time period if the agency demonstrates that it cannot otherwise complete the process required to approve or deny the license, permit, or approval, and therefore will be compelled to deny it.
Authorizes FERC, in granting such an extension, to offer technical assistance to the agency in order to address conditions preventing completion of the application review.
Declares that, if the agency fails to approve or deny issuance of a permit, license, or approval within the prescribed time-frame, the license, permit, or approval shall take effect upon expiration of 30 days after the period's end.
Directs FERC to incorporate into the terms of a license, permit, or approval any conditions proffered by the agency that FERC does not find to be inconsistent with the final environmental document.

House Republican Conference Summary

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