Senate Bill Would Cut Permitting Red Tape On Federal Land

Law360, New York (July 30, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to streamline the permitting process for energy production and other projects on federal land, saying the current process is too uncertain and too prone to lawsuits, hindering efforts to get projects started.

The bill, informally known as the Federal Permitting Improvement Act, would cut back on the “uncertainty and unpredictability” that characterizes the current federal permitting process, which negatively affects investment, economic growth and job creation, harming U.S. economic competitiveness, according to the lawmakers. The number of...
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