January 2022, Vol. 249, No. 1

Government

Permitting Provision in Infrastructure Bill Disguises Federal Threats Elsewhere

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. Interstate pipeline companies have complained for years about federal and state delays to issue construction permits over concerns about potential damage to waterbodies.    But the “permitting” provision in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) creates the illusion that help is on the way, while at the same time the Biden administration is pursuing other initiatives to hamper pipeline permitting.   The infrastructure bill signed by President Biden on Nov. 15 contains what can only be called a “ho hum” provision that does two things. The first requirement mandates that the Transportation Departme

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