Watching Government: Did 2012 reforms start in EPACT?

It was not long after US Department of the Interior Sec. Ken Salazar announced plans on Apr. 3 to develop a federal onshore oil and gas drilling permit system—one that potentially could reduce the application review period to as few as 60 days—that an essential question emerged: Did this all start with a pilot program in selected US Bureau of Land Management field offices authorized under Section 365 of the 2005 Energy Policy Act? The law's provision designated Carlsbad, NM, and six other BLM field offices as pilot program sites. Employees with permit processing expertise were to form teams there to handle proposed energy projects, planning, and environmental analysis. It also established...

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