June 2022, Vol. 249, No. 6

Government

NWP 12 Up for Review Again

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. The Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a review of Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which allows gas and oil pipelines to avoid a lengthy, expensive environmental review when building facilities near wetlands.   The Corps held virtual hearings in May to determine whether NWP 12, one of about 50 NWPs, should be more difficult to obtain, because it conflicts with President Joe Biden’s executive order from January 2021.   That executive order said it was administration policy to “listen to the science” and to further a laundry list of environmental objectives related to clean air and clean water in addition to h

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