Trump Signs Order to Speed Pipeline Production

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The action further seeks to curb states' power in the process, reported the Washington Post which cited one of the two orders. She spent eight months following the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, her work frequently airing on NPR and other outlets.

Now, President Trump wants to clip states' wings in the department of infrastructure project approvals. Many states in the South, Midwest, and Northeast have also been welcoming to pipeline projects, though some are starting to change their tune.

States should encourage these pipelines, rather than hampering them. Trump's order also opens the door to natural gas being transported by rail.

Trump traveled to Texas to sign the two orders that would make it more hard for states to block the construction of oil and gas pipelines such as the Keystone XL pipeline by altering governmental oversight.

The executive order Trump was supposed to sign yesterday would challenge the section of the Clean Water Act that gives states the powers to refuse permits for pipeline projects, Section 401. The people of NY need natural gas. The fight over the pipeline continues to play out in court and among regulatory agencies. He did not explicitly say how states' authority should change, but he said the EPA's review should focus on "the need to promote timely Federal-State cooperation and collaboration" and "the appropriate scope of water quality reviews".

"State water quality standards are often stricter than federal standards", Ong said.

Pennsylvania's natural gas industry welcomed Trump's order. "I think he's out to help the people", resident Chad Westbrook said.

Still, the fate of the Constitution Pipeline is unclear.

"My first order will speed up the process for approving vital infrastructure on our nation's border", Trump said. The company, however, declined to comment specifically on the president's order and what it means for the future of the pipeline.

The Natural Resources Defense Council condemned Trump's orders as "another gift to polluters at the expense of our health and welfare, adding that pipelines pose environmental dangers to water, farms and the climate".

Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc supports the orders' "focus on enhancing the predictability of the permitting process and the critical importance of investing in energy infrastructure in the US and Canada", company spokesman Michael Barnes said. "How well that intent will succeed I think remains to be seen". "Executive orders only do so much - and lawsuits are sure to follow".

In 2017, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat and 2020 candidate for president, used the provision to block a permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminal, a coal export facility that would have expanded the ability of companies to send Western coal to Asian markets.

The move seeks to short-circuit regulators in NY who have denied the planned pipeline a crucial permit, invoking their powers under the Clean Water Act to reject projects they deem a threat to water supplies and the environment. But "what states will be constrained from doing is meaningfully extending the process". Limited pipeline capacity and other legal constraints prompted the region to import natural gas from Russian Federation past year. The gas it carried came from Russian Federation.

Such a form of transportation is legal in Canada, and trains already carry liquefied gas on a limited basis in Alaska and Florida, according to Bloomberg.

"We actually buy a lot of oil from other countries like Russia" due to obstruction by environmentalists, the president said. Gas is generally cheaper than oil, and burns more cleanly as well.

Crude oil is classified on a scale from "very light" to "heavy".

Though any order stripping states of regulatory authority is likely to be fought in the courts, Trump says his move will prevent states like NY from "hurting the economy".

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