Electric Group: Nixing Pipeline Permit Could Slow Renewables

By Caleb Symons (April 4, 2022, 6:10 PM EDT) -- The energy industry is stepping up its defense of a federal Clean Water Act permit meant to help facilitate pipeline projects, with an electric utility association arguing in Montana federal court that the measure is critical to the country's clean-energy transition.

That stance, which the Edison Electric Institute offered in an amicus brief, came amid a flurry of filings Friday in which the industry groups — including several fossil fuel lobbyists — pushed back on environmentalists' claims that Nationwide Permit 12 is unlawful.

EEI, which represents all investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S., said in its brief that nationwide permits like NWP...

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