Legislation

Apr 30 2014

S. 2274

Long Title: To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, and for other purposes.

Sponsors: Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Begich and Ms. Heitkamp.

STATUS:

  • April 30, 2014.--Introduced.

S.2274

To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 2274 IS

113th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2274

To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 30, 2014

Mr. UDALL of Colorado (for himself, Mr. BEGICH, and Ms. HEITKAMP) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, 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. AUTHORIZATION TO EXPORT NATURAL GAS.

    (a) Decision Deadline- The Secretary of Energy shall issue a decision on any application for authorization to export natural gas under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) not later than 90 days after the later of--
      (1) the end of the comment period for the decision as set forth in the applicable notice published in the Federal Register; or
      (2) the date of enactment of this Act.
    (b) Judicial Action-
      (1) IN GENERAL- The United States Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the export facility will be located pursuant to an application described in subsection (a) shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action for the review of --
        (A) an order issued by the Secretary of Energy with respect to the application; or
        (B) the failure of the Secretary to issue a decision on the application.
      (2) ORDER- If the Court in a civil action described in paragraph (1) finds that the Secretary has failed to issue a decision on the application as required under subsection (a), the Court shall order the Secretary to issue the decision not later than 30 days after the order of the Court.
      (3) EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION- The Court shall--
        (A) set any civil action brought under this subsection for expedited consideration; and
        (B) set the matter on the docket as soon as practicable after the filing date of the initial pleading.