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For NEPA Reform in Colorado & Across the U.S.

environmental review  infrastructure  colorado  pipeline expansion 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted February 12, 2020

You won’t find better examples of how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has blocked much-needed infrastructure than in Colorado – where the first of two public hearings on implementing the regulation was held this week.

Numerous projects in Colorado have been – or are currently – on-hold due to NEPA reviews, including the Interstate-70 widening near Denver that will deliver much-needed safety and capacity improvements for drivers. The Environmental Impact Statement for this highway took 13 years to complete and totaled nearly 16,000 pages, finally receiving construction approval in 2017.

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NEPA Reform Provides Foundation for Energy Progress

environmental review  infrastructure  pipeline expansion 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted January 9, 2020

Today, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed reforms to regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which stand to improve the permitting and approval processes for energy and other infrastructure projects across the U.S. By streamlining federal regulations, businesses and government agencies can develop new infrastructure that generates good-paying jobs, spurs economic growth and protects the environment.

America’s robust, state-of-the-art energy infrastructure allows natural gas and oil producers to safely and seamlessly deliver affordable fuels to consumers. The nation’s complex and extensive network of pipelines, roads, railways, ports and export terminals is fundamental to our energy and environmental progress. Expanding and upgrading this system ensures that abundant, homegrown energy will continue to reach American households, businesses and trading partners – but unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming regulations have delayed this critical build-out.

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Keeping Up with the U.S. Shale Energy Revolution

pipeline expansion  drilling  oil and natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 30, 2013

Marcellus Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Will Primarily Benefit New York and New Jersey

EIA Today in Energy: Multiple pipeline expansion projects are expected to begin service this winter to increase natural gas takeaway capacity from the Appalachian Basin's Marcellus Shale play, where production has increased significantly over the past two years. These new projects are largely focused on transporting gas to the New York/New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic regions and would have limited benefit for consumers in New England, where price spikes during periods of peak winter demand appear likely to persist.

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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Update

alaska  distribution  domestic energy  oil prices  pipeline expansion  prudhoe bay  valdez port 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 13, 2011

With the approval of federal and state regulators, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) has been restarted at a reduced rate of flow. Rather than transporting about 640,000 barrels of oil a day from Prudhoe Bay to the port at Valdez, Alaska, the pipeline is moving about 400,000 barrels per day. At Valdez, the oil flows into storage tanks for loading onto tankers bound for West Coast refineries. 

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Controversy

access  crude oil  ghg  greenhouse gas emissions  keystone xl  keystone xl pipeline  oil pipeline  oil sands  pipeline expansion  state department 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2010

The debate over oil sands has taken a new political twist with a U.S. Senator asking whether the State Department will fairly consider a pipeline expansion project that could bring more Canadian crude oil to the United States. 

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