Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3 - Northern Route Approval Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

May 21, 2013 1:14 PM

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Christensen (VI)


LATE Protects the health of children and the elderly located in close proximity to the refineries receiving crude from the pipeline.

Chu (CA), Polis (CO), Connolly (VA)


Require the GAO to conduct a study and prepare a report of the Keystone XL pipeline to determine the total projected costs of pipeline spill cleanup, including the potential impacts of a petroleum spill on public health and the environment and the quantity and quality of water available for agricultural and municipal purposes.

Cohen (TN)


Requires TransCanada and any future owner or operator of the Keystone XL pipeline to maintain safety data sheets specific to the material contained and transported within the pipeline. Such safety data sheets must be made immediately available upon request to a representative of the United States Government, State government, or local authority responding to an accident or incident involving the pipeline or facility.

Cohen (TN)


Requires TransCanada to submit its oil spill response plan, and any updates to the plan, to the Governors of each State in which the Keystone XL pipeline operates. TransCanada is required to develop such a plan under current law and regulations; only certain Federal agencies receive and review the plan.

Cohen (TN)


LATE Requires TransCanada to certify to the President that construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, as described in the May 4, 2012 application, will create 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs.

Connolly (VA), Chu (CA)


Requires two studies on the costs to taxpayers of any potential spill. The first addresses the costs of cleanup, lost business revenue, public health impacts, and water supply damage. The second review would include factors such as historical spill data and the corrosive nature of tar sands.

Connolly (VA)


Requires a threat assessment of pipeline vulnerabilities to terrorist attack and corrective actions necessary to protect the pipeline from such an attack and to mitigate any resulting spill.

Esty (CT)


Removes the mandate to allow one specifically named company to never receive appropriate oversight through the permit process for operation and/or maintenance – in perpetuity, while allowing construction permit fast-track.

Holt (NJ)


Increases American energy independence by requiring that all oil and refined fuels transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline be used here in the United States and not exported, unless the President finds that an exception is required by law or in the national interest.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Lengthens the time period for filing a claim under the Act from 60 days to 1 year.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Adds non-severability clause to the bill so that if any provision or application of the legislation is held to be invalid, the entire act shall be rendered void.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Requires the Secretary of Transportation to submit a report to Congress identifying the procedures and policies adopted to ensure that women and minority business enterprises are afforded the opportunity to participate on an equitable basis in the construction and operation of the Keystone Pipeline

Johnson, Hank (GA)


Requires a study on the health impacts of increased air pollution in communities surrounding the refineries that will transport diluted bitumen through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Lipinski (IL)


Strikes section 7 of the bill which automatically approves all permits applied for under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for the construction, operations and maintenance of the pipeline after 90 days.

Luján (NM)


Ensure that Native American cultural sites are protected before approval of the pipeline.

Peters (MI)


Adds a section requiring that the Environmental Protection Agency conduct a study assessing the potential environmental impact of waste byproducts generated from the refining of oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline.

Pompeo (KS)


Prohibits the importation into the United States of Canadian oil sands recovered crude that is transported by pipeline.

Rahall (WV), DeFazio (OR)


Strikes section 3 of the bill (Keystone XL Permit Approval). Section 3 eliminates the requirement for a Presidential Permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline across an international border. Section 3 further deems the new application for the Keystone XL pipeline approved, based on a final environmental impact statement issued by the U.S. Department of State for a different pipeline route.

Rush (IL), Jackson Lee (TX), Cohen (TN), Chu (CA)


Strikes Section 4, the Judicial Review clause, which limits citizens’ ability to file a legal claim.

Shea-Porter, Carol (NH)


Requires that TransCanada disclose its campaign contributions and other electioneering expenditures over the previous five years to the public before the Act would take effect.

Shea-Porter, Carol (NH), Kuster, Ann (NH), Pingree (ME)


Clarifies that nothing in this Act may be construed as approving or authorizing any proposed pipeline activity between Portland, Maine, and Montreal, Canada to move more polluting tar sands crude oil.

Tonko (NY)


Blocks the provisions of this legislation until all court cases associated with disputes between private property owners along the pipeline and TransCanada are resolved in accordance with the law.

Tonko (NY)


Provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the Secretary of Transportation determines that current pipeline regulations are sufficient to ensure the safety of pipelines used for transportation of diluted bitumen.

Waxman (CA)


Adds a finding that “the reliance on oil sands crudes for transportation fuels would likely result in an increase in incremental greenhouse gas emissions” in the United States, resulting in additional greenhouse gas emissions equal to 4.3 million passenger vehicles. Also provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the President finds that TransCanada or tar sands producers will fully offset the additional greenhouse gas emissions.

Weber, Randy (TX)


Adds to the findings in Section 2 highlighting the State Department’s scientific and environmental findings which conclude that the Keystone XL pipeline is a safe and environmentally sound project.