August 2015, Vol. 242, No. 8

Features

Government: Pipelines Hope GOP or Courts Fix New Wetlands Rule

Republicans in Congress are working to pass legislation setting aside a new EPA and Army Corps of Engineers joint rule which makes it more expensive to build pipelines in areas containing streams and other small bodies of water. The rule would require pipelines – or anyone wanting to build in these tributaries and ponds – to first do site analysis and then, potentially, obtain a Clean Water Act permit. That is time-consuming and can be expensive. The EPA published the new so-called Waters of the U.S. – (WOTUS) rule in May which goes into effect Aug. 28. “Landowners or projects disturbing land must perform intensive on-the-ground fact-finding determinations by an exp

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