By Armando F. BenincasaThe United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has just released its final re-issued Nationwide Permits (NWPs) for 2012 which will include a new NWP applicable for oil and gas pads - NWP 39. Click here to see the new NWPs. The Corps is reissuing 48 existing NWPs, issuing two new NWPs, reissuing 28 existing general conditions, and issuing three new general conditions. It is also reissuing all of the NWP definitions, and adding three new definitions. The Corps is also clarifying the definition of single and complete projects which should clarify jurisdictional issues regarding stream crossings for oil and gas pipeline companies.
Activities authorized by the current NWPs issued on March 12, 2007 that have commenced, or are under contract to commence, by March 18, 2012, will have until March 18, 2013, to complete the activity under the terms and conditions of the current NWPs.
Nationwide permit 21 activities that were authorized by the 2007 NWP 21 may be reauthorized without applying the new limits imposed on NWP 21, provided the permittee submits a written request for reauthorization to the district engineer by February 1, 2013, and the district engineer determines that the on-going surface coal mining activity will result in minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment and notifies the permittee in writing that the activity is authorized under the 2012 NWP 21.
Armando F. Benincasa concentrates his practice in the areas of energy law, environmental law, environmental litigation, and administrative law. His practice consists of cases involving permitting and regulatory requirements for solid waste, water resources, underground storage tanks, and voluntary remediation, and the drafting of rules and statutes related to the environment.
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