HB 271, by Rep. Bridgett Smith (D-Wolf Point), requires that new pipelines, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, be located within the footprint of existing pipeline infrastructure and that the pipeline avoid sensitive areas such as state parks, federal Wilderness areas, and tribally recognized cultural sites. HB 271 also requires installation of shut-off valves to protect critical freshwater resources, and a more thorough analysis of a proposed pipeline’s impacts to Montana heritage properties. The bill also requires that the pipeline be constructed within seven years of permit approval.

The bill was heard on January 30th in the House Natural Resources Committee, and the committee has not yet voted.

Comments are closed.

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