2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) sponsored H.R. 2910, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act, which would harm our environment by undercutting public transparency and input on gas pipeline permitting decisions affecting communities. The bill will elevate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—an agency known to provide easy approval for pipelines and which has no mandate to protect public health and the environment—to be essentially the only agency in the permitting process with any kind of influence. H.R. 2910 also short-circuits the environmental review process by arbitrarily limiting the time available and allowing FERC to grant conditional approvals without a complete analysis of environmental impacts. On July 19, the House approved H.R. 2910 by a vote of 248-179 (House roll call vote 402). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.