H. R. 28
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 6, 2015
Mr. Poe of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To approve the Keystone XL pipeline project permit.
This Act may be cited as the
Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act.
The Congress finds that the delivery of oil from Alberta, Canada, to domestic markets in the United States is in the national interest of the United States, and the earliest possible completion of the Keystone XL pipeline will best serve the national interest.
Keystone XL pipeline permit approval
The permit described in subsection (b) is hereby approved.
Description of permit
The permit approved under subsection (a) is the permit with respect to certain energy-related facilities and land transportation crossings on the international boundaries of the United States for the Keystone XL pipeline project, an application for which was filed on September 19, 2008 (including amendments). Such permit shall also include the Nebraska reroute evaluated in the Final Evaluation Report issued the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality in January 2013.
The permit granted under subsection (a) shall require the following:
The permittee shall comply with all applicable Federal and State laws (including regulations) and all applicable industrial codes regarding the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the United States facilities.
The permittee shall take all appropriate measures to prevent or mitigate any adverse environmental impact or disruption of historic properties in connection with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the United States facilities.
For the purpose of the permit approved under subsection (a)—
the final environmental impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on August 26, 2011, and the Final Evaluation Report described in subsection (b) satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f);
any modification required by the Secretary of State to the Plan described in paragraph (4)(A) shall not require supplementation of the final environmental impact statement described in that paragraph; and
no further Federal environmental review shall be required.
The construction, operation, and maintenance of the facilities shall be in all material respects similar to that described in the application and the Final Evaluation Report described in subsection (b) and in accordance with—
the construction, mitigation, and reclamation measures agreed to by the permittee in the Construction Mitigation and Reclamation Plan found in appendix B of the final environmental impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on August 26, 2011;
the special conditions agreed to between the permittee and the Administrator of the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation found in appendix U of the final environmental impact statement described in subparagraph (A); and
the stipulations identified in appendix S of the final environmental impact statement described in subparagraph (A).
Other requirements that are standard industry practice or commonly included in Federal permits that are similar to a permit approved under subsection (a).
Private property savings clause
Nothing in this section alters the Federal, State, or local processes or conditions in effect on the date of enactment of this Act that are necessary to secure access from private property owners to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.