Watson Coleman, Malinowski Introduce Bill to Ensure Full Reviews of Proposed Pipelines
Today, Congressmembers Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Tom Malinowski (NJ-7) announced the introduction of the Safe and Accountable Federal Energy Review for Pipelines Act of 2021 (H.R. 2115). The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has for years relied on outdated private agreements to determine whether to approve future natural gas pipelines, failing to comprehensively evaluate or consider duplicate, competing or contiguous pipelines and their impact on local environments. This abbreviated process has resulted in the approval of over 470 natural gas pipelines between 1999 and 2019 with only two rejected applications.
“The current process for pipeline approval lacks the necessary oversight to protect our natural environment and ensure future generations can live on a safe and clean planet,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman, member of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “The SAFER Pipelines Act will ensure the approval of future pipelines consider existing capacity as well as closely monitor the environmental impacts of new construction.”
“For decades, the approval process for natural gas pipelines has failed landowners in New Jersey and across the country,” said Congressman Malinowski. “I am proud to partner with Rep. Watson Coleman on the SAFER Pipelines Act, a bill to increase oversight of the approval process and to ensure that the environmental and safety concerns of local communities are properly heard and considered before new pipelines are approved.”
The SAFER Pipelines Act is cosponsored by Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At Large) and Steve Cohen (TN-9).