Regulations: More is Less

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Production Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 9, Pg. 99-103


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Federal regulations have mushroomed since 1969. Agencies to write and enforce regulations have grown as well. Now, say engineers in industry, it is increasingly not economically feasible to plan projects knowing it can take years to learn whether required permits will be given. A recent example is Sohio's cancellation of the $1 billion oil pipeline from California to Texas—abandoned because bereaucratic hassles dragged the permitting process on for years. The point is not who is to blame, but what to do. Here are some suggestions from engineers, in government and in industry, and from capitol hill, where a reform movement is in the air.

Subject Headings: Regulations | Federal laws | Federal agencies | Oil pipelines

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