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Manchin On Permitting Fix: ‘We’ll Have It Done This Calendar Year’

Sen. Joe Manchin and Bill Gates, both wearing yellow hard hats, toured the closed Kanawha River power plant in Glasgow. Both are seen in a space with some old, decommissioned power plant machinery.
Sen. Joe Manchin with Bill Gates.
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After getting nowhere last year with his attempts to fix energy permitting, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he thinks it will happen this year.

The West Virginia Democrat says Congress will pass a bill to change permitting that could make it easier to finish projects such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

“My prediction is you’re going to see it,” he said. “We’ll have it done this calendar year.”

Manchin has reintroduced his permitting bill. Meanwhile, his West Virginia counterpart, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, has floated her own.

Both have been working toward a deal on permitting. Republicans want a bill that eases the way for fossil fuel projects. Democrats want one that does the same for renewables.

Both need 60 votes to get a bill through the Senate. That’s been a challenge when the chamber is currently split between 51 Democrats and 49 Republicans.

The senators support the completion of the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline.