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Cramer introduces bill to reduce flaring

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Tuesday introduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release sent by the congressman’s office.

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The legislation is aimed at reducing the loss of natural gas due to flaring and venting by expediting permits for pipelines on federal and Native American land. A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier this month by a group of senators, including Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota.

“This legislation is a prime example of how the federal government can help infrastructure catch up with the pace of development,” Cramer said.

The bill would speed the permitting process for natural gas gathering lines by providing a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act, according to the release.

The categorical exclusion would not apply to lands within the National Park System, the National Wildlife Refuge System or the National Wilderness Preservation System, and land only within a field or unit which has already undergone environmental analysis under NEPA.

Native American tribes would be given the choice to opt in to the categorical exclusion provisions while states would be given the choice to opt out.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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