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EPA Guidance May Not Keep States from Blocking Pipelines

June 11, 2019, 5:47 PM

New EPA guidance seeking to clarify states’ roles in federal Clean Water Act permitting won’t achieve the Trump administration’s ultimate goal: stopping Democratic governors from blocking pipeline projects through their states.

That’s the consensus of several attorneys who spoke to Bloomberg Environment about the document, which was released June 7.

“It’s not necessarily going to stop them,” Tom Jackson, an attorney who works on water and wildlife issues with the D.C.-based firm Baker Botts, said. “But this is the EPA sending some messages.”

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