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Bill to speed up permits moves ahead

August 2, 2013

The House Judiciary Committee passed an act Wednesday on Capitol Hill to streamline the approval process for infrastructure, energy and other construction projects. Passed with a vote of 18-9, U.S....

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Aug-02-13 9:53 AM

*****yes, continue to sell the state out to the gas industry, why not!

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Aug-02-13 10:40 AM

These corporate hacks like Congressman Ton Marino, Sen. Gene Yaw, State Rep Garth Everett, and the rest of the O&G yes-men call themselves "conservative" yet everything they do ends up removing the rights of the people and render them powerless and mute by disabling their ability to participate in the public process. These clown have got to go, and the sooner, the better.

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Aug-02-13 11:15 AM

What U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino does not tell you about the legislation is it's undoing of democracy and the handing over of our lands to corporations, period. Here are just one example: Section 2(c)(2), that authorizes lead agencies to accept “voluntary contributions of funds from a project sponsor” for purposes of either undertaking the NEPA process or making a decision under another environmental law for the sponsor’s proposed project. Are you kidding is blatant corruption, written into legislation that many of our elected officials developed and support.

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Aug-02-13 11:23 AM

Here is another: Under Section 2(e)(8)of the bill, each participating agency is limited in its comment to those areas where it can point to statutory authority pertaining to the subject of its comments. The lead agency is directed not to act upon, respond to or include in any documents any comment submitted by an agency that it deems to be outside of the authority and expertise of the commenting agency. In otherwords, if there is not a law that bans it, the sponsors gets the green light. Are you kidding me??? People this should be the last straw for all of us. We can not stand down and allow our constitutional rights to be trampled on and removed.

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Aug-02-13 4:33 PM

I was reading about this and find it disturbing. I see some of the posters here feel the same way. I will admit there are at times a lot of red tape but I feel this could take away some of your property rights let alone be a disaster to the environment. So, correct me if I am wrong, but if that gas line goes next to your house you are pretty much hosed as far as what you can do about it.

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Aug-03-13 8:34 AM

Just vote this guy out of office. Period.

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Aug-03-13 9:27 AM

If we do not vote out the corporate clones, we will have no rights to stand up to the corporations, gas or otherwise. I am sad to say that I voted for one of the sponsors and that will never happen again. I was deluded to believe that he cared about this area and not his pocketbook or political status. We need people that care about the "people" they represent.

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