The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released the following statement in response to legislation introduced by Senator John Cornyn (Texas), which would provide additional certainty to the Nationwide Permit program.
“We’re pleased the Senate realises how critical energy infrastructure projects will be to rebuilding our economy and the importance of a predictable, commonsense permitting process,” Vice President of Midstream and Industry Operations Robin Rorick said. “Even with the Supreme Court’s recent order, continued uncertainty in the courts requires legislation that ensures all industries—including renewable energy, electricity, and telecommunications—can continue to rely on Nationwide Permits for infrastructure projects for years to come.
“That’s exactly what this bill will provide for projects across the country that create jobs, protect the environment and ensure access to affordable, reliable and cleaner energy for all Americans.”
The bill introduced today by Senator Cornyn provides an efficient, short-term solution to restore regulatory certainty and allow continued development of critical infrastructure projects impacted by recent federal court decisions by ensuring that the US Army Corps and project proponents could continue to rely on the nationwide permit program and on Nationwide Permit 12.
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