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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Legislative Threats Public Lands Sustainable Forests

H.R. 644 – Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

Introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop on January 17, 2019, this bill modifies the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Agreement between the Navajo Nation and the United States. This bill specifies that this agreement does not constitute a “major federal action,” thereby waiving requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

 

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Legislative Threats Public Lands

H.R. 316 – GO Act

Introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) on January 8, 2019, this bill establishes a legislative categorical exclusion for the issuance of recreational permits and directs the Department of Agriculture to begin programmatic reviews for the issuance and renewal of future Special Use Permits (SUPs).

 

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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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Legislative Threats Public Lands Sustainable Forests

H.R. 243 – Combustion Avoidance Along Rural Roads Act

Introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) on January 4, 2019, this bill grants the Departments of Agriculture and Interior the power to partially waive NEPA and waive the Endangered Species Act in its entirety for the purposes of “wildfire mitigation activities” within 300 feet of any permanent or temporary road.

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Legislative Threats Public Lands

H.R. 173 – Pipeline Fairness and Transparency Act

Introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) on January 3, 2019, this bill seeks to bolster transparency and provide for greater public input opportunities during the environmental review process for interstate natural gas pipelines. Specifically, H.R. 173 requires public meetings to be held in each county or equivalent subdivision (e.g., parish) through which the project will be located.

 

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