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Manchin Enlists Oil CEOs to Get GOP Support for Permitting Bill

  • Manchin has said privately more than 10 GOP Senators needed
  • Remarks underscore fraught political path to passage
Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is enlisting the help of energy-industry executives to marshal Republican support for his plan to speed up the process of getting federal approvals for energy projects, according to people familiar with the matter.

The outreach, which has included companies in the mining, utilities and oil-and-gas industry, underscores the fraught political path for his permitting-overhaul bill. Passing the legislation would mark a big win for the industry and its long-sought efforts to accelerate permitting and scale back environmental reviews that can take years.