Hoeven: White House Proposal Ignores the Law, Further Undermines U.S. Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a proposed rule to impose new restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on fossil fuel and related infrastructure projects. The proposal runs counter to the law passed by Congress earlier this year to set timelines for federal reviews, including two years for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and one year for an Environmental Assessment (EA).

“This new proposal from the Biden administration was developed in bad faith, blatantly ignoring the law and the bipartisan deal that was struck in Congress to provide regulatory relief from a costly and burdensome federal permitting process,” said Hoeven. “Once again, President Biden is choosing his environmentalist allies over the needs of the American people. By undermining U.S. energy production, this rule will make us more reliant on adversarial nations, while hurting our economy and raising prices here at home.”