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New ‘permitting reform’ text from Sen. Joe Manchin would devastate communities and climate

WASHINGTON -

Today, Senator Joe Manchin released the text of his so-called ‘permitting reform’ legislation. The legislation closely mirrors the American Petroleum Institute-influence draft circulated in mid-July, with additional provisions to attempt to mandate the completion of the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline. The text of the legislation can be found here

In response to the release of this text, Collin Rees, United States Program Manager at Oil Change International, released the following statement: 

“Manchin’s new legislation is even more reckless and dangerous than previous drafts. The bill would devastate communities and the climate while making a mockery of Congress and the Biden administration’s commitments to environmental justice. ‘Permitting reform’ that drastically reduces public input and regulation is an attack on bedrock environmental laws and critical protections.”

“This entire exercise is a vehicle for Manchin and his fossil fuel donors to lock in new fossil fuel infrastructure and force through a massive gas pipeline. The Mountain Valley Pipeline project is stalled, lacking permits, and facing multiple lawsuits because its developers couldn’t follow the law and can’t prove any demand exists for the climate-warming fossil gas it would carry. Senator Manchin has repeatedly lied about the pipeline and what it would do.”

“Majority Leader Schumer must immediately reject this dangerous legislation and advance a continuing resolution to fund the government without attaching Manchin’s newest package of deadly fossil fuel giveaways. All members of Congress should speak out publicly to stand with frontline communities and reject this dirty deal.” 

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Oil Change International is a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy.

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