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Gas, Oil Pipelines Need Separate Water Permits, Interior Says

May 27, 2022, 3:49 PM

Oil pipelines and natural gas pipelines should be permitted separately under the Clean Water Act, the Bureau of Land Management urged the Army Corps of Engineers.

The land bureau wants to see the Army Corps’ Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) for oil and gas pipelines split because “the potential environmental impacts are different for each of these minerals,” the bureau wrote in its Thursday comments on changes that the Corps is considering making to the permit.

Nationwide permits are fast-tracked, streamlined Clean Water Act permits that the Corps issues for specific activities such as oil and gas pipeline construction. They ...