Shea-Porter Votes Against Republican Bill to Let Natural Gas Companies Further Abuse Eminent Domain Authority
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today voted against H.R. 2910, a Republican bill to allow natural gas companies to seize private property and conduct surveys of private land without consent of the landowner, which passed the House by a vote of 248-179.
“Billion-dollar natural gas companies have no right to infringe on Americans’ private property – end of story,” said Shea-Porter. “This attack on the pipeline approval process would not only allow expanded use of eminent domain, but also deny communities the opportunity to participate in the public input process. Instead, it gives corporations free rein to cause irreparable harm to the environment.”
Shea-Porter voted for Democratic amendments to protect outdoor recreation and prohibit the use of federal eminent domain laws for natural gas pipeline projects, both of which failed. The Tsongas amendment would have prohibited pipelines on lands designated for conservation or outdoor recreation. The Watson Coleman amendment would have prevented oil and gas corporations from abusing eminent domain.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has testified that nearly 90 percent of pipeline project applications are already approved in less than a year.