New Report: Reducing Impacts of Pipelines Crossing Rivers and Streams
Understanding the impacts, permitting process, crossing methods and ways to minimize impacts can get confusing so, with TU, we’ve published a new report, Reducing Impacts of Pipelines Crossing Rivers and Streams.
In the report, we take a closer look at the affects pipeline construction has on rivers and streams by breaking down the construction impacts into two categories: water quality impacts and habitat and aquatic life impacts. The report takes a deep dive into the various methods pipeline companies use to cross rivers and streams, from trenching though to boring under, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of each of those crossing methods. We explain the current legal status of the stream crossing permit, called the Nationwide 12, required for the pipelines to proceed with construction, and we offer specific recommendations that can reduce and avoid impacts of pipeline construction.
By conducting additional studies and analysis in the design and permitting phase, pipeline companies and regulatory agencies can avoid unnecessary degradation of our rivers and streams. Read the full report here.