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Rep. Raul Grijalva (D, Ariz.) concluded his environmental justice tour with a hearing on Thursday to discuss his newly-introduced Environmental Justice for All Act. The bill was praised by community activists, but was harshly criticized by western lawmakers who fear it would be an insurmountable barrier to energy development.
President Donald Trump announced the final rule to reform and modernize the regulations governing environmental analysis in order to speed up infrastructure projects and energy development across the country.
Western energy producers scored a win on Monday when the US Department of Energy issued a final order authorizing the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal (Jordan Cove) in Coos Bay, Oregon. Jordan Cove will be the first LNG export facility built on the West Coast and will link western gas producers with new markets in Asia.
In a speech in Washington on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a proposal to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to help complete new infrastructure projects. The proposed rule change would set a two-year deadline for completing environmental impact statements and a one-year deadline to complete environmental assessments and imposes page limits on environmental reviews.