Sen. King pushes measure to speed natural gas pipeline permits

October 9, 2017

To help expand the nation's natural gas pipelines, U.S. Sen. Angus King is pushing a controversial measure to streamline the permitting process required for new projects.

King, a Maine independent, introduced a bill recently with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., in a bid to speed up the process for approving pipelines across the country.

"This bipartisan bill would help natural gas get delivered safely and efficiently to consumers in Maine, while ensuring environmental protections remain in place," King said.

King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said "by establishing timelines for federal reviews, the legislation cuts through red tape in a way that can deliver relief for Maine families and businesses facing high energy costs while in no way compromising environmental standards."

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