White House NEPA Proposal Seeks to Speed Up Oil, Gas Pipeline Reviews

The White House Thursday released a proposed rule to speed federal reviews of pipeline and other infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, delving into disputed areas of law and appearing to constrain federal agency consideration of climate change impact indirectly associated with oil and natural gas projects.

The proposal is potentially consequential for interstate natural gas pipelines reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as oil pipelines, which are sited under state authority, but can require NEPA reviews as part of US Army Corps of Engineers permitting.

It would set a one year time limit for…

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