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Introduced in House (05/22/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6982


To amend the Natural Gas Act with respect to the rehearing process, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2020

Mr. Malinowski (for himself, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, and Mr. Casten of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Natural Gas Act with respect to the rehearing process, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Landowners’ Right to Due Process in Rehearings at FERC Act of 2020”.

SEC. 2. Natural Gas Act rehearings.

Section 19(a) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717r(a)) is amended to read as follows:

“(a) Rehearings.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Any person, State, municipality, or State commission aggrieved by an order issued by the Commission in a proceeding under this Act to which such person, State, municipality, or State commission is a party may apply for a rehearing within 30 days after the issuance of such order. The application for rehearing shall set forth specifically the ground or grounds upon which such application is based. Upon such application the Commission shall have power to grant or deny rehearing or to abrogate or modify its order without further hearing. No proceeding to review any order of the Commission shall be brought by any person unless such person shall have made application to the Commission for a rehearing thereon. Until the record in a proceeding shall have been filed in a court of appeals, as provided in subsection (b), the Commission may at any time, upon reasonable notice and in such manner as it shall deem proper, modify or set aside, in whole or in part, any finding or order made or issued by it under the provisions of this Act.

“(2) DEADLINE.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Commission shall act on the merits of an application filed under paragraph (1) by the date that is 90 days after the date on which the applicable order is issued.

“(B) LACK OF QUORUM.—If the Commission fails to act on the merits of an application filed under paragraph (1) by the date that is 90 days after the date on which the applicable order is issued because the Commission lacks a quorum on such date, the Commission shall act on the merits of the application by the date that is 30 days after the date on which the Commission establishes a quorum.

“(C) FAILURE TO ACT.—If the Commission fails to act on the merits of an application filed under paragraph (1) by the applicable deadline under subparagraph (A) or (B), the application shall be deemed to be denied.

“(3) CERTAIN ORDERS.—

“(A) PROHIBITION.—With respect to an order issued under section 3 or 7, during the covered period—

“(i) the Commission may not authorize any construction-related activity that is related to the order; and

“(ii) notwithstanding section 7(h), a holder of a certificate of public convenience and necessity that is the subject of the order may not exercise the right of eminent domain to acquire land or other property to carry out an activity authorized by the order.

“(B) COVERED PERIOD.—For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term ‘covered period’ means the period that begins on the date on which the applicable order is issued and ends—

“(i) on the date that is 30 days after such date, if no application for rehearing with respect to the order is filed under paragraph (1) by such date; or

“(ii) if such an application is so filed, on the date on which the Commission act on the merits of the application, or the application is deemed to be denied, as applicable.”.


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