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New water-quality rule expected to affect energy companies

Pennsylvania’s energy companies are expected to be among businesses that will be affected by a new federal ruleextending the protection of the Clean Water Act to small tributaries and other waterways that feed major rivers supplying drinking water to millions of people.

Operators of natural gas rigs or builders of pipelines will likely have to comply with the Clean Water Rule, announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 27, which imposes tougher standards on companies that want to operate near the streams that flow into rivers.

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