Gabrel Collins at the mega-law firm of Baker Hostetler has a story about the consortium of federal legislators from gas-producing states who want to force FERC to make much faster decisions, and issue permits much more quickly.
Proponents include Senators John A. Barrasso (R-WY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) has introduced H.R. 351, an identically named bill with virtually identical legislative language, in the House on January 14, 2015. Co-sponsors in the House include Kevin Cramer [ND], Henry Cuellar [TX-28], Bill Flores [TX-17], Gene Green [TX-29], Mike McCaul [TX-10], Pete Olson, Pete [TX-22], Tim Ryan [OH-13], and Michael Turner [OH-10].
Who is missing from the list?
Right. These bills haven't a single sponsor from states like Oregon and Washington -- states that will bear the brunt of environmentally destructive mega-pipelines and massive accumulations of the liquified gas in the midst of existing communities.
While state and local governments may be briefly able hold the line against such political forces under state environmental and land use laws, they will ultimately be overwhelmed by the force of federal supremacy -- especially if a Republican takes the White House in 2017 as is widely expected.
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For a rundown of all the things that are wrong with the LNG technology, the Sierra Club has a good informational website.