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Senate action to improve the pipeline permitting process

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API welcomed action this week by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., along with Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., to introduce the Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2018. The legislation would improve the permitting process for energy infrastructure projects subject to section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

“Restoring certainty in the pipeline permitting process is critical to American jobs and ensuring that American consumers have the energy they need and demand every day,” said API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick. “For too long, politicians have abused the Clean Water Act to block energy projects designed to improve the safety and integrity of our infrastructure. For example, in New York State, these efforts to restrict natural gas delivery to New England have especially hurt consumers who depend on natural gas to generate the affordable electricity that’s needed to heat and cool their homes in extreme temperatures.

“The legislation will strengthen the Clean Water Act by protecting it from these types of abuses and will help better protect the environment and communities surrounding energy infrastructure projects around the country. We hope that this legislation will advance quickly through the legislative process so that American consumers, workers and the environment can continue to benefit from America’s energy resources.”

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