The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, EarthJustice and Save Our Earth are presenting a webinar (offered at 4 different times for maximum accessibility) about the value and threats to NEPA, and what you can do to protect it from the recent set of house and senate energy bills.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the first environmental protection laws passed at the federal level. While it does not mandate a particular substantive outcome, it does require our federal agencies to thoroughly investigate and review the environmental and community impacts of their decisions and whether there are other alternatives that could do a better job with a lesser environmental footprint. In the context of pipelines, compressors and LNG export facilities, NEPA is one of the primary mechanisms communities can use to fully understand and vet the impacts of an infrastructure proposal and to make the case that a project should not be approved by the powerful agency that is FERC. It also provides a pathway for engaging the community and informing politicians about a project proposal so they know how best to get engaged. In recent years NEPA is constantly under threat. In the context of FERC regulated projects both the Senate and the House have advanced proposals that would seriously undermine NEPA review and as a result would further grease the wheels for quick approval by FERC of the many inFRACKstructure projects damaging so many communities.