Here’s what’s in Manchin’s energy permitting reform bill


Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has just released a proposal it wants to streamline the federal permitting process for energy projects, as well as speed up a pipeline that would affect it. his hometown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to add the legislation to a short-term spending bill that must pass by the end of September to avoid a government shutdown.

Schumer agreed to endorse Manchin’s authorization overhaul plan to win his support for the $750 billion health, tax and climate bill passed in August, known as the Inflation Reduction Act.

But it’s unclear whether Schumer and Manchin can get the votes needed to pass the authorization plan, as Republicans and progressive Democrats have voiced opposition.

Here’s what the proposal would do, according to a summary provided by Manxin’s office.

The plan directs the president to select 25 energy projects of national strategic importance for priority federal review.

The proposal requires A “target” period for how long it takes the federal government to review energy projects that require permits.

Establishes a two-year goal for projects requiring reviews by more than one federal agency, including a full environmental impact statement, under the National Environmental Policy Act, and a one-year goal for projects requiring an environmental assessment.

The current permitting time for a pipeline project is 3.5 years, according to the Progressive Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank.

Manchin also proposes a 150-day court challenge after a project is authorized. It would also require courts to establish and enforce a timetable of more than 180 days for agencies to act on overdue or void permits.

The legislation would require federal agencies to issue “all necessary approvals and permits” to build the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, the bill’s summary says. The long-delayed natural gas pipeline project would cross West Virginia and Virginia if completed.

The project is already underway, but has been successfully challenged in court for years. The legislation would essentially speed up the permits required for termination.