West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order (EO) requiring regulators to expedite permitting “for all projects” and prioritize permits for projects of “critical economic concern.” The order, which would cover Marcellus and Utica shale drilling and infrastructure, requires written reports be made to permit applicants explaining inaction on critical projects. It also establishes annual reporting requirements from the state development office to the governor and legislature about the progress of expedited permitting. Justice, a Republican, said the actions mirror President Trump. Trump signed an EO in 2017 to expedite major infrastructure permitting.
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