WOTUS Rule Reset Would Promote Environmental Protection Laws for New Decade

News Release January 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is eagerly anticipating the release of the Trump Administration’s revised Clean Water Rule. Once implemented, this rule should provide the necessary guidance to both federal agencies and the regulated community to help reduce delays in the construction of vital energy infrastructure projects throughout the United States.

“This new rule will provide much needed clarity and regulatory certainty for companies that site and build infrastructure that delivers essential energy to America’s communities,” said AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert. “Moving forward, this new, more understandable rule should provide the transparency lacking in the pre-2015 and 2015 definitions. We appreciate the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers restoring regulatory common-sense in defining the scope of federal waters of the United States.”

AGA has consistently advocated for clear, sensible regulations that protect America’s waters and wetlands, that balance the need for infrastructure projects which are essential to delivering natural gas to commercial and residential customers safely, reliably, and affordably.

“Our members need to know when their projects are subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction without the risk of being second-guessed in a subjective, case-by-case decision making process that delays the completion of critical infrastructure projects. This rule would restore the proper balance between federal and state regulation of our nation’s waters and protect our rivers, streams, and lakes without stifling construction of important infrastructure,” Harbert continued. “We expect this rule to be an important step towards delivering affordable energy to the 179 million Americans that currently rely on natural gas and to the underserved communities that want it.”

AGA is a member of the Water Advocacy Coalition (WAC) which represents a large cross-section of the nation’s economy including the construction, real estate, mining, manufacturing, forest products, agriculture, energy, recreation and public health and safety sectors.

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 76 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 73 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than thirty percent of the United States' energy needs.