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Republicans Seek to Blunt NEPA in Latest Push for More Drilling

June 6, 2018, 10:07 PM

House Republicans continued efforts to weaken a major environmental law during a hearing June 6 on bills meant to streamline fossil fuel permits and development on federal land.

The draft bills are part of the Republicans’ efforts to roll back environmental regulations—the National Environmental Policy Act, specifically—and expedite oil and gas drilling across the West.

NEPA is a long-standing target of Republican deregulatory efforts because proposed oil, gas, and other development projects on public lands are often slowed to a creep—they complain—as federal officials analyze environmental conflicts, process protests from environmental groups, and consider other public feedback.

The measures would...

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