June 2022, Vol. 249, No. 6

Editor's Notebook

Biden’s ‘Big Project’ Environmental Reviews

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief With the Biden administration bringing back a stricter review process for pipeline and other major infrastructure projects, it seemed like a good time to look at the origin of the policy and what the change will entail.  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – the guidelines in question – dates back more than 50 years. To an increasing extent, in recent years, communities, landowners and environmental activists used it to bog down the permitting of pipelines by pointing to standards within the Act that required what was broadly termed “environmental accountability.”  In other words, federal agencies had to consider the pote

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