Republicans in Congress are working to pass legislation which would set aside a new EPA and Army Corps of Engineers joint rule which makes it more expensive to build pipelines in areas containing streams and other small bodies of water.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new rule in May which, for the first time, sets regulatory standards for employers whose employees work in confined spaces in a construction setting.
There is $5 million in President Obama's proposed fiscal 2016 budget for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), the new program Congress established in 2014 to supplement lagging funding for the sewer and drinking water state revolving funds (SRFs).
Major gas producers are opposing an initiative by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to allow interstate gas transmission companies to use what are called "trackers" to raise revenue for infrastructure projects which respond to federal environmental and safety requirements.
President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 has $478 billion in new spending for infrastructure over six years, but little or none of that would go to sewer and drinking water work, not that Congress will approve the tax increases to pay for it anyway.
The ascent of Republicans to majority status in the U.S. Senate in 2015 means the pipeline industry will be able to play more effective defense against Obama administration regulations it opposes and more effective offense behind energy legislation it supports.
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