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NEWSLINE LATEST INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
US Judge Temporarily Blocks
Biden's Clean Water Rule
in 24 States
A federal judge has put a temporary halt to a
stricter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
rule in 24 states pending the outcome of their
lawsuit seeking to block the change,
Finalized in December, the Clean Water Act
rule covering the waters of the United States,
known as WOTUS, governs small streams,
wetlands and other waterways nationwide. It
repeals a Trump administration rule that was
thrown out by federal courts.
Opponents of the regulations, which
define which " waters of the United States " are
protected by the Clean Water Act, have called
the rules an example of federal overreach and
argued they would unfairly burden farmers and
ranchers.
U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland in
Bismarck, North Dakota, halted the regulations
from the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the
24 states. The regulations were finalized in
December 2022, repealing a rule implemented
during President Donald Trump's administration
but thrown out by federal courts.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick
Morrisey said the key is finding the right balance
between powers given to states and the federal
government.
" This rule would harm jobs and economic
growth by taking jurisdiction from states and
asserting federal authority over nearly any body
of water, including roadside ditches, short-lived
streams and many other areas where water may
flow only once every 100 years, " Morrisey said.
Construction-Related Fatigue
Crack Caused Keystone Spill
Calgary-based TC Energy said it is investigating
other sites along its Keystone crude oil pipeline
after determining that a 14,000-barrel oil spill
in late 2022 was primarily due to a progressive
fatigue crack that originated during the
construction.
Keystone's spill into a Kansas creek was
discovered in late 2022 and prompted a 21-day
shutdown of a portion of the 622,000-bpd
pipeline, which ships crude from Alberta to U.S.
refineries. TC Energy said it has recovered 98%
of the spilled product from the pipeline and
cleaned up 90% of the Mill Creek shoreline.
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The company said the RCFA report found
the fatigue crack came from a girth weld
connecting a manufactured elbow fitting to the
section of pipe constructed across Mill Creek.
The girth weld was completed at a fabrication
factory and met applicable standards.
During construction, the pipe segment
came under " bending stresses " that initiated
a crack in the girth weld and also led to a
deformation in the elbow fitting and a wrinkle
in the adjacent piping, TC Energy said. The
design of the weld transition made the pipe in
that location more susceptible to bending.
" This resulted in the initiation of a
circumferential crack in the weld, which led
to failure through operations after over a
decade, " the company said, noting that the
RCFA findings are consistent with its own
investigation released in February.
The company said it is now investigating
other sites along Keystone with similar
characteristics, performing extra inspections
on 300 miles (482 km) of the pipeline, and
reviewing design guidelines, construction
and operations.
Mountain Valley Pipeline
Loses Key Water Permit
A company building a long-delayed natural
gas pipeline has lost a key water permit after
a federal appeals court ruled that West Virginia
didn't adequately assess the impact of
building the Mountain Valley Pipeline across
streams and wetlands.
Siding with environmental groups, the
court said April 3 the state Department of
Environmental Protection's justifications for its
2021 water quality certification were " deficient, "
the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
The 303-mile pipeline - which is mostly
finished - would transport natural gas drilled
from the Utica and Marcellus shale formations
in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Legal battles with
environmentalists have delayed completion
for years.
" It is infuriating to see the same 4th Circuit
Court panel deal yet another setback for the
Mountain Valley Pipeline project and once
again side with activists who seem hell-bent
on killing any fossil energy that will make our
country energy independent and secure, " Sen.
Joe Manchin said in a statement.
Among other things, the 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals said the West Virginia
agency didn't adequately address the
project's history of water quality violations.
It also said the agency used the wrong
standards to support the decision that
in-stream activities would meet state water
quality regulations. The permit is required
under the federal Clean Water Act.
New Orleans to Store
56,000 Gallons of Stormwater
in New Park
New Orleans is turning a rundown property
into a four-acre park that will be designed
to collect and store 56,000 gallons of
stormwater, easing pressure on the city's
decaying system of drains and pumps.
The landscape design for Bayou St. John
Green Infrastructure Project employs berms
that channel rainwater into a depressed
area surrounded by a 150 ft. retention wall.
Absorbent pavement and soil will soak and
filter excess water, and an above-ground
drain will handle overflow and help reduce
flooding in the area.
The $270,000 Bayou St. John Green is
the tenth and most ambitious project the
New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has
completed under federal oversight of the
New Orleans sewer system. The board plans
to invest another $2.5 million in stormwater
projects and conduct testing to determine
which of its green infrastructure projects are
most effective at managing runoff.
California to Meet 100%
of Water Requests
for First Time Since 2006
California will provide 100 percent of the
water requested by cities and farms for the
first time in years thanks to winter storms
that filled reservoirs and runoff from a record
snowpack, regulators announced.
The State Water Project will provide
full allocations to 29 water agencies
supplying about 27 million customers and
750,000 acres of farmland, the Department
of Water Resources said. As late as March,
the agency was only expecting to provide
75% of requested water supplies. The last
time the state agency fully met water
requests was in 2006.
Meanwhile, the federal Bureau of
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