Joint Review Panels — A Cooperative Approachby Sandra Alarcon, Santa Barbara County Resource, Management Dep, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Judith Friedman, Santa Barbara County Resource, Management Dep, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Sharon Krieg, Santa Barbara County Resource, Management Dep, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Abstract: The Joint Review Panel (JRP) developed out of a need to address the interests of various agencies on a local, state and federal level which have permit jurisdiction over offshore oil and gas projects, and to satisfy those interests during a single environmental review process in one environmental document. The JRP comprises representatives of those agencies. The concept of a JRP was first utilized by the Santa Barbara County, California Resource Management Department in the early 1980s in response to anticipated applications for development of offshore oil and gas. The JRP directs the preparation of an objective environmental assessment document (an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), if the project involves only California local and state jurisdictions, or a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R) if the project involves federal as well as California jurisdictions). The JRP operates under a Joint Review Agreement. These and other aspects of the JRP are discussed.
Subject Headings: Joints | Environmental issues | Team building | Offshore platforms | Reviews | Jurisdiction | Resource management | Wells (oil and gas) | Federal government | North America | California | United States
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