The House has passed legislation to accelerate federal approval of permits for natural-gas pipeline projects. However, the Senate is unlikely to clear the measure.

The bill, approved 252-165 on Nov. 21, would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 12 months to approve or deny projects.

Although 26 House Democrats voted for the measure, it appears to be dead on arrival in the Senate. Further, President Obama has threatened a veto.

The bill's supporters, including its chief sponsor, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), say it would expedite approvals of pipeline projects.

But opponents contend it would actually reduce the number of projects approved because of insufficient time for adequate environmental review.