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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Unveils Bill to Speed Permitting of Energy Projects

HeadlineSep 22, 2022
Image Credit: Leah Millis/Reuters

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has unveiled a bill that would speed federal review of energy projects. The legislation would shorten public comment periods on proposed fossil fuel projects, while weakening environmental and public health laws. It would also fast-track approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry fracked gas across Manchin’s home state of West Virginia. Food & Water Watch blasted the legislation as a “shameless handout to the fossil fuel industry — a green light for oil and gas companies to keep on digging, drilling, fracking, and polluting.”

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