Environmental Justice Legislative Threats Public Lands Transportation and Infrastructure

S. 218 – ONSHORE Act

Introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) on January 24, 2019, this bill would entirely eliminate public input and environmental review for oil and gas projects on federal lands. For offshore oil and gas development, the bill allows critical NEPA reviews to be bypassed by requiring inclusion of unexecuted leases into a previous five-year leasing plan. For onshore oil and gas development, the bill delegates to states the exclusive authority to issue and enforce drilling permits, which potentially eliminates public involvement, review of oil and gas development impacts, and judicial accountability under federal laws.

 

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Environmental Justice Legislative Threats Public Lands Transportation and Infrastructure

S. 209 – PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act

Introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) on January 24, this bill undercuts the federal environmental review process by delegating NEPA responsibilities to Indian tribes for specified construction projects, which could eliminate public involvement and restrict judicial accountability under federal laws.

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Environmental Justice Legislative Threats Public Lands Transportation and Infrastructure

S. 207 – A bill to enhance tribal road safety, and for other purposes

Introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) on January 24, 2019, this bill imposes an arbitrary 45-day hard deadline for the approval of a tribal transportation project upon receipt of the completed application, regardless of the project’s size, complexity, or level of public controversy. Further, S.207 provides for the delegation of federal determinations of Categorical Exclusions for certain transportation projects to federally recognized tribes.

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Climate Change Environmental Justice Healthy Communities Legislative Threats Oil & Gas Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R. 1166 – USE IT Act

Introduced by Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) on February 13, 2019, Title II of this bill threatens to create confusion and to erode meaningful public input and sound environmental review in the permitting process. Specifically, Section 201 of the USE IT Act unnecessarily amends Title 41 of the FAST Act (FAST-41) to include carbon capture infrastructure projects among the list of “covered projects” that receives relaxed permitting review under that law.  Under FAST-41, “covered projects” is broadly defined to include “any activity in the United States that requires authorization or environmental review by a Federal agency involving construction of infrastructure for renewable or conventional energy production, electricity transmission, surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resource projects, broadband, pipelines, manufacturing, or any other sector as determined by a majority vote of the [Federal Permitting Improvement Council (FPIC)] that… likely to benefit from enhanced oversight and coordination.” 

 

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Environmental Justice Legislative Threats Public Lands Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R. 292 – Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2019

Introduced by Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) on January 8, 2019 this bill limits federal oversight of federal lands and eliminates public input in the permitting process for broadband. Specifically, H.R. 292 allows for the discharge of federal review responsibilities to states and federal recognized tribes who may have little to no experience implementing the federal environmental laws.

 

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