By: Matt Bradley and Laura EubanksIn March, a federal judge in Florida blocked a plan to build a $1.9 billion deepwater power station to export natural gas to Florida.
The EPA had previously said the project would have been legal and allowed for environmental review.
But the agency later pulled out, citing a technical glitch that prevented it from verifying whether the project complied with existing law and regulations.
The EPA’s failure to enforce the law and the agency’s delay in taking enforcement action led to the EPA’s withdrawal of the permit.
A new EPA rule issued Thursday is aimed at making sure that these rules are followed.
The rule is the first to require a permit for deepwater projects that meet specific environmental standards, and it will set new standards for projects that are not required to meet these requirements, including ones that don’t require the EPA to provide public comments.
The agency also has ordered the permitting of natural gas drilling and compressor stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Dakota.
The new rule will apply to those areas as well.
New EPA rule on deepwater gas production, including permit requirements, says drillers and compressor makers need to submit to agency in 90 days a plan that outlines how they intend to comply with EPA standards and will be transparent with the public about the plan and details of their project.
The agency has also ordered that drillers or compressor companies submit their plans to the agency in 60 days.
The rule is effective for the first time in 2017.
The rule requires companies to submit a detailed plan that describes their plans and the steps they will take to comply, including the amount of CO 2 they plan to export to Florida, how much CO 2 will be released and when.
EPA also has proposed new requirements for compressor stations that are built in areas that have a high number of natural-gas wells and a high concentration of shale gas.
The rules also require companies to provide a plan for when they intend on exporting to Florida from those wells.
These new rules come as the Trump administration seeks to ramp up production of natural natural gas, including offshore.
It has said it plans to expand offshore drilling, including new gas fields in New York and Delaware, and expand gas production in Texas.