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Toomey introduces pipeline permitting reform bill

WTAJ Altoona logo WTAJ Altoona 12/1/2022 Rebecca Parsons
Toomey introduces pipeline permitting reform bill © Provided by WTAJ Altoona Toomey introduces pipeline permitting reform bill

PENNSYLVANIA (WTAJ) – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R) introduced the Pipeline Permitting for Energy Security Act, which would create regulatory certainty for natural gas pipeline construction and approve Mountain Valley Pipeline completion.

“It is long past time to stop the exploitation of outdated laws to prevent the construction of pipelines, which are the safest and most efficient way to transport natural gas, by activists and the politicians who cater to them,” Senator Toomey said. “The obstruction of commonsense, essential energy infrastructure projects has resulted in higher energy costs, increased global reliance on energy produced by tyrants like Vladimir Putin, and ironically prevented increased distribution of the energy source most responsible for the declines in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.”

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Here’s some important background on the Pipeline Permitting for Energy Security Act:

  • Limits state authority to delay pipeline construction by mandating concrete timelines for Clean Water Act review
  • Clarifies factors unrelated to water quality not to be considered in the Clean Water Act review process
  • Provides clear scope of navigable waters included in Clean Water Act review
  • Protects the use of general permits to prevent duplicative review of construction along the same pipeline
  • Streamlines the National Environmental Policy Act review process for major federal projects
  • Prevents the expansion of the Endangered Species Act qualifications to obstruct pipeline infrastructure
  • Shortens standard Endangered Species Act consultation timeframes and create a new expedited consultation process for projects proven to cause minimal effect
  • Permits Mountain Valley Pipeline construction to finally conclude after many unnecessary setbacks

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“Pennsylvania is the second-largest natural gas producing state in the country, and I’m committed to making sure the Keystone State can continue to serve as an energy leader in the United States and around the world,” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) said. “The Biden administration has created so many burdensome regulations on our domestic energy production during his first two years in office, driving costs up and shrinking the value of Americans hard-earned dollar. This bill eases regulatory conditions so pipelines can transport that gas from Pennsylvania to the Northeastern United States, ultimately lowering energy costs for families and businesses. I thank Senator Toomey for his joint effort to ensure Pennsylvania can lead America`s energy comeback!”

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