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Pipeline Reliability Bill Divides Lawmakers, Biden Officials

Jan. 19, 2022, 8:02 PM

Proposed federal reliability standards for energy pipelines would constitute a “sweeping power grab” that would further raise consumer energy prices, Republican lawmakers said Wednesday in opposing Democratic legislation endorsed by Biden energy officials.

The proposed bill would “dramatically expand” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), a top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill would task FERC with certifying a new federal agency that could enforce reliability standards on pipelines that transport natural gas, oil, propane and other energy products.

The bill (H.R. 6084)would transform “a relatively tiny agency into a ...