Saying that he had heard some state leaders complain about federal regulatory delays, US President Donald J. Trump told a delegation of US governors that his administration will try to remove federal regulatory roadblocks that have delayed important projects for environmental reasons.
President Trump has promised to roll back federal regulations to help U.S. oil and natural gas and to open up new areas for development. The administration's energy priority is to "unleash America's $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves."
Two US senators introduced separate bills aimed at restricting federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing in onshore oil and gas activities. Both measures were referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where they may be combined before being considered.
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection opened a 45-day public comment period on Feb. 4 on two general permits and revisions to an air quality permit exemption for reducing methane and other pollutants at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas drilling and transportation. Comments will be accepted until Mar. 21, it said.
Trump directed the State Department and other agencies to make a decision within 60 days of a final application. He also declared that a 2014 environmental study satisfies required reviews under environmental and endangered species laws.