The State Department announced last week it would not allow the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to move forward. Today a House Committee reviewed new legislation that would transfer permit approval for the project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
A House Subcommittee on Energy and Power met Wednesday for a hearing titled, “American Jobs Now: A Legislative Hearing on the North American Energy Access Act.” Lawmakers questioned witnesses on moving forward with the Keystone XL pipeline, in the face of the Obama Administrations current actions against the construction.
According to a statement released by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), "The Act creates a structured process by which FERC would approve the pipeline, including the route modification to be worked out with Nebraska." the statement continues that Under this legislation, the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline would remain in harmony with the National Environmental Policy Act."