Jun 7, 2019 IPAA Welcomes Administration’s Guidance on Permitting Process Under Clean Water Act
The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) welcomes today’s clarified guidance issued by the Trump Administration to states regarding the permitting process under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This action is part of the President’s April Executive Order to encourage development of energy infrastructure. Under the new guidance, the cooperative federalism envisioned under the CWA can be exercised to allow for issuance of infrastructure permits under Section 401, while providing both state and federal governments the opportunity to evaluate the project applications with the focus on water quality issues.
IPAA Executive Vice President Lee Fuller issued the following statement in support:
“IPAA consistently has supported development of much needed infrastructure to transport America’s oil and natural gas resources to consumers. Revised guidance for permitting under Section 401 is a necessary component for this development. Going forward, this guidance should allow for implementation of the CWA in a manner consistent with the statute and the cooperative federalism that allows for the distinct roles of federal and state governments in certifying federally-permitted or licensed activities. Section 401 governs vital stream crossing permits for interstate natural gas pipelines. New pipeline capacity is critical for IPAA member companies to continue the production of natural gas and deliver the benefits of this abundant, clean fuel to customers in the United States and worldwide. IPAA believes that the updated guidance will prevent any future misuse by certain states in their reviews and unwarranted denials of Section 401 permits.”