Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2020 #2

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Trump Infrastructure Proposal Impacts 'Virtually Every' Federal Decision on Environment: DOI Secretary -

"Trump's announcement focused largely on road and highway impacts, but industry groups and environmentalists note the implications for the energy sector are significant."

Why this is important: The permitting process has become the single largest impediment for projects that cross state borders or federal lands. The most well-known example is the AEP 765 kV transmission line that was to start in West Virginia and terminate in Virginia after crossing through the Jefferson National Forest. While the line took only two years to build, it took AEP 14 years to obtain the requisite permits before it could begin construction....

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