Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 2910 - Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act

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July 18, 2017 12:15 PM

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Beyer (VA)


LATE Improves FERCs public comment and transparency process

Lynch (MA)


Directs FERC, in considering an application for an authorization or certificate covered by the bill, to consult with the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration regarding the extent of the applicant’s compliance with security guidance and best practice recommendations issued by TSA on pipeline infrastructure security, pipeline cybersecurity, pipeline personnel security, and other pipeline security measures designed to ensure the public safety.

Lynch (MA)


Provides that where a holder of a certificate of public convenience and necessity has been subject to an enforcement action by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration within the last 5 years, the covered holder must suspend all activities authorized by the certificate unless the Administrator of PHMSA first certifies to FERC that the holder is in compliance with PHMSA pipeline safety regulations. Also provides that FERC may not issue any new certificate to the holder absent such certification by the PHMSA Administrator.

Lynch (MA)


Suspends the certificate of public convenience and necessity for project sites where certified independent air quality testing demonstrates an existing violation of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard or a requirement relating to a hazardous pollutant listed under the Clean Air Act. Requires covered holder to suspend activities authorized by the certificate of public convenience and prevents FERC from issuing any new certificate to the covered holder for the project site until the state environmental authority with jurisdiction over the project site conducts certified independent air quality testing and certifies to FERC that any such violation has been remediated.

Pallone (NJ)


Prohibits the use of eminent domain for pipeline projects with a certificate of public convenience after the enactment of this bill.

Tsongas (MA), McGovern (MA), Beyer (VA)


REVISED Shall not apply if any part of a pipeline facility that is a subject of the application is to be located on lands required under Federal, State, or local law to be managed for purposes of natural resource conservation or recreation.

Watson Coleman (NJ)


WITHDRAWN Strikes Section 2(f(2)) on aerial and remote surveys.

Watson Coleman (NJ)


Requires advance permission from property owners for an aerial/remote survey to be accepted

Watson Coleman (NJ)


Requires that FERC find it in the public interest before allowing a holder of public convenience to exercise eminent domain.