The Importance Of Keystone To NWP 12

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT) -- Utility companies and transportation agencies collectively breathed a sigh of relief recently, having temporarily survived a broadside by the Sierra Club against their primary method for obtaining expedited wetlands permits.

Using the Keystone Pipeline as a vehicle, the Sierra Club has mounted a challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' general permit, which allows roads, transit projects and utilities — including transmission lines, pipelines and communication cables — to take advantage of the Corps' expedited permitting process if they can minimize wetlands impacts to one-half-acre or less per crossing.

Had the Sierra Club been successful, these companies would have been...

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