Criteria regs reduce NIMBY safety fears

When project developers propose building an oil or gas facility-or any type of industrial project-they face a gauntlet of stakeholders in the siting and permitting processes. Worldwide such stakeholders raise difficult and often appropriate safety concerns that project sponsors must address seriously. In certain European and other jurisdictions, such public-safety risks are regulated against finite safety criteria that focus the policy discussion on quantifiable risks and effective solutions.In the US, however, public-safety concerns have been transformed into legal and political weapons. With various motivations, opponents of proposed developments raise safety-related objections in virtu...

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