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Applicants for Presidential Permits for Liquid Pipelines

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The Secretary of State has the authority to issue Presidential Permits for cross-border liquid (water as well as petroleum product) pipelines and other cross-border infrastructure. The Bureau of Energy Resources receives and processes permit applications.

If you plan to request a Presidential Permit for a cross-border liquid pipeline, please call 202-647-2041, or submit your questions by e-mail to

In consultation with the Department of State, the Department of Energy is responsible for the permitting of cross-border electricity transmissions lines, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues cross-border natural gas pipeline permits.

E.O. 13337 of April 30, 2004

The Department of State uses third-party contractors to assist with preparing environmental documents. A “third-party contractor” is a contractor selected by and working under the sole direction of the Department, but whose work is funded by an applicant for a Presidential Permit. For more information on the Department’s processes for selecting third-party contractors and assessing potential conflicts of interest involving third-party contractors, see the following documents:


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