This bill would enact a series of reforms aimed at promoting border energy infrastructure projects that cross international borders, ranging from oil and gas pipelines to electric transmission facilities.
It would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Dept. of Energy to issue a certificate of crossing for a pipeline crossing international borders within 120 days after a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review is completed unless the pipeline is found to not be in the public interest. Certificates wouldn’t be required to modify existing projects
Completed applications for importing or exporting natural gas to Canada and Mexico would be considered for approval within 30 days of FERC getting the application.
A provision of law allowing the federal government to buy rights-of-way — including through eminent domain — for an electricity exchange between Canada and North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska would be amended to note that hearings have been conducted which found the proposed facilities wouldn’t hurt the U.S. electricity supply.
A presidential permit or executive order would no longer be needed to build, connect, operate, or maintain an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility that crosses international borders.