Sadly, NEPA’s overly burdensome requirements led to hundreds of energy projects, including some here in Ohio, being stuck in the regulatory mud. These aren’t just fossil fuel projects either. Recent analysis by the R Street Institute shows that clean energy projects outnumber oil and gas projects nearly three-to-one among the Department of Energy’s (DOE) active NEPA projects. What’s the hold-up? The permitting logjam is partly due to a NEPA review process that takes an average of 4.5 years to proceed. Important projects simply get bogged down by red tape and apathetic bureaucrats.