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Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Large Infrastructure Projects: Making "Mitigation" Matter

January 2014

Citation: 44 ELR 10016

Issue: 1

Author: David J. Hayes

We are in the midst of an unprecedented governmentwide focus on infrastructure permitting and development in the United States. Our nation’s energy industry is undergoing a significant expansion across our landscapes. Large, utility-scale solar and wind projects are springing up around the country, thousands of new oil and gas wells are being drilled each year on public and private lands throughout the United States, and new pipelines and electric transmission lines traversing the country are under construction, or are on the drawing boards. Meanwhile, bridges, roads, transit systems, and other key infrastructure are being built, restored, or replaced in every corner of our nation.

David J. Hayes is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Law at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Hewlett Foundation. He is the former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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