As they say, “the devil is in the details.” This issue delves into the details—the licensing and permitting—that create the scaffolding used to implement and enforce the substantive laws in the natural resources, energy, and environment space. Permitting and licensing can make or break a project; stop or facilitate a project; provide protections or create roadblocks. The process of requiring licenses or permits can act as a gatekeeper; be used affirmatively as a sword or defensively as a shield. It can influence which agency—federal, state, or tribal—controls the process or project, or can provide input and influence. The articles in this issue offer numerous examples of such details.
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