In its five-year U.S. energy review, the International Energy Agency recommended that the United States streamline permitting and siting decisions for natural gas pipeline projects in order to shorten lead times, keep up with shale production and reduce flaring from oil operations. Within the executive summary of the report, the IEA stated:
“Though the government has made efforts to streamline federal licensing for energy infrastructure (including rapid approval of projects such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline), there remain cases of midstream infrastructure struggling to keep pace with shale production growth due to permitting setbacks, local opposition and court challenges. Timely siting of gas pipelines will also benefit efforts to reduce associated gas flaring rates from oil production.”
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