January 2021, Vol. 248, No. 1

Government

Army Corps on Hot Seat over Changes to Pipeline Approvals

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. With the arrival of the Biden administration and the ascension of environmental concerns to provide a spike in political pressure, the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) may have to rethink its proposed changes to the nationwide permits (NWPs) it issues for all sorts of dredge and fill construction activities around wetlands, including gas and water pipelines.    The Corps’ proposal last September was in response to a Trump presidential directive requiring federal agencies to review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.   The proposed changes have created an unusua

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