How Has the Joint Review Process Evolved?by Mary Elaine Dunaway, Minerals Management Service, Camarillo, United States,
Catherine Callahan, Minerals Management Service, Camarillo, United States,
Abstract: The Joint Review Panel (JRP) process in California was established for offshore oil and gas-related coastal development projects to avoid duplication of effort among various permitting agencies and to expedite the permitting process. A Joint Review Panel typically involves Federal, State, and local agencies whose functions on the panel are to oversee the preparation of an interagency environmental document that meets Federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements. This paper reviews the experiences of JRP participants from the Federal, State, and local agencies. Information on how the panels functioned, from setting schedules and agendas to conflict resolution, is examined. A discussion of the successes of past panels is also provided. The paper concludes with practical advice for improving the process.
Subject Headings: Joints | Coastal processes | Environmental issues | Wells (oil and gas) | Federal government | Reviews | Offshore platforms | Coastal environment | North America | California | United States
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