Corps of Engineers: Extent and Status of Expedited Permit Processing for Public-Utility Companies, Natural Gas Companies, and Railroad Carriers

Section 214 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000, as amended, includes a provision for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps') implementation of its authority to expedite permit processing for public-utility companies, natural gas companies, and railroad carriers, and report by June 10, 2018. This report examines to what extent the Corps has implemented its authority to expedite permit processing for public-utility companies, natural gas companies, and railroad carriers, and how it has implemented this authority, and it provides information about the agreements implemented. To examine the extent to which the Corps has implemented its authority to expedite permit processing for public-utility companies, natural gas companies, and railroad carriers, GAO asked Corps headquarters officials to identify all of the Corps district offices where agreements had been approved or were under development. To determine how the Corps has implemented its authority and to provide information about agreements, GAO collected and reviewed all approved agreements and a draft agreement that was near approval, as well as associated documents, such as Corps public notices and activity reports to funding entities. From these documents, GAO identified the objectives and terms of the agreements and the status of work under the terms of these agreements. GAO also interviewed Corps officials and representatives of public-utility company and natural gas company funding entities about the development and implementation of agreements to expedite permit processing for each entity’s priority projects under section 214 as amended and to identify potential advantages and challenges of the agreements. Specifically, GAO conducted telephone interviews with Corps officials in headquarters and in its Alaska, Los Angeles, New England, and Sacramento District offices to discuss their approved or nearly-approved agreements to expedite permit processing for funding entity projects. Separately, GAO conducted telephone interviews with representatives of two selected public-utility companies and the sole natural gas company that had agreements approved or near approval to discuss their participation in those agreements. According to a Corps official, there were no agreements with railroad carriers approved or in development at the time of the review.

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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  • Accession Number: 01643746
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2017 5:09PM