"Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin released his long-promised permitting reform plan this evening.
Democratic leaders promised Manchin to pursue permitting reform legislation in exchange for supporting the Inflation Reduction Act. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to include the permitting language in a continuing resolution to keep the government open.
The West Virginia Democrat’s text reveals further details about provisions outlined in a draft summary released this summer. The latest bill, however, doesn’t stray far from Manchin’s long-standing demands.
The legislation would direct federal agencies “to issue all approval and permits” for the nearly complete Mountain Valley pipeline, which would carry natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia."
Kelsey Brugger reports for E&E News September 21, 2022.
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