Trump EO would stop states from using water quality to block pipelines

pipeline, energy, natural gas, new jersey

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – President Donald Trump issued an executive order this week to hinder states from blocking unwanted oil and natural-gas pipelines by potentially stripping away their authority to reject projects that impair water quality.

The executive order could limit the ability of states to use the federal Clean Water Act to refuse to certify energy projects that officials believe could endanger their waterways or fail to meet surface-water quality standards.

Both Connecticut and New York have used that tool to stop pipeline projects, and opponents of the controversial PennEast pipeline project in New Jersey believe it is the best option for stopping the $1 billion, 120-mile pipeline that begins in Pennsylvania and ends in Mercer County …

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