The Biggest Permitting Reform Would Be More Money

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“The permitting reform deal between Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) keeps running into trouble with the other 533 elected representatives in Washington. House Natural Resources Committee chair Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) managed to get 72 House Democrats (nearly one-third of the caucus), including ten committee chairs and several New Democrats, to oppose what they called ‘the API plan,’ a reference to the American Petroleum Institute, whose watermark was seen on draft legislation. Summary language floating around Capitol Hill says that the deal would limit timelines for energy project environmental reviews and legal filings; instruct a lead agency to coordinate reviews … grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) more siting authority over electric transmission lines; and allow for the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would deliver natural gas from Manchin’s home state of West Virginia.” (09/12/22)