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Beyer Offers Amendments to Protect Parks, Appalachian Trail

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Washington, June 11, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments
Congressman Don Beyer, member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, offered two amendments at today’s committee debate on H.R. 2295, the National Energy Security Corridors Act. The amendments would keep Congress’ original intent of exempting National Parks and Trails from the development of pipelines.
 
"Lowering heating and electric bills for middle class American families is always a good thing. But we must do so by using safe, environmentally responsible practices, and not by putting pipelines up in people’s backyards or destroying our protected lands and trails. Our national parks were established for a reason – to protect and preserve the land for future generations," said Rep. Don Beyer.
 
Beyer’s amendments to the National Energy Security Corridors Act would prevent the Secretary of the Interior from granting right-of-way permits to natural gas pipelines in National Park Service lands and would ensure responsible safety and environmental procedures are followed when putting natural gas corridors on federal lands in eastern states.
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