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H.R. 3 (114th): Keystone XL Pipeline Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 2015 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

On the first day of this Congress, January 3, 2015, 241 bills were introduced in the House and Senate. Legislation introduced on Day 1 is often meant to send a bold statement that “these are our top priorities” by party leadership, so the bill labeled S. 1 is hugely important. S. 1 in the current Senate — as well as H.R. 3 in the House — was the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, addressing a contentious issue related to energy, the environment, and jobs.

A pipeline of over 1,000 miles proposed by the company TransCanada to transport oil from Canada to the U.S., the Keystone XL project became a …



1st Session

H. R. 3


January 6, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Upton, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Rouzer, Mr. Zinke, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Mullin, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Denham, and Mrs. Miller of Michigan) 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.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Keystone XL Pipeline Act.


Keystone XL approval


In general

TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. may construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in the application filed on May 4, 2012, by TransCanada Corporation to the Department of State (including any subsequent revision to the pipeline route within the State of Nebraska required or authorized by the State of Nebraska).


Environmental Impact Statement

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Secretary of State in January 2014, regarding the pipeline referred to in subsection (a), and the environmental analysis, consultation, and review described in that document (including appendices) shall be considered to fully satisfy—


all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); and


any other provision of law that requires Federal agency consultation or review (including the consultation or review required under section 7(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536(a))) with respect to the pipeline and facilities referred to in subsection (a).



Any Federal permit or authorization issued before the date of enactment of this Act for the pipeline and cross-border facilities referred to in subsection (a) shall remain in effect.


Judicial review

Except for review in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action for the review of an order or action of a Federal agency regarding the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in subsection (a), and the related facilities in the United States, that are approved by this Act (including any order granting a permit or right-of-way, or any other agency action taken to construct or complete the project pursuant to Federal law).


Private property savings clause

Nothing in this Act alters any Federal, State, or local process or condition in effect on the date of enactment of this Act that is necessary to secure access from an owner of private property to construct the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in subsection (a).