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Trump signs executive orders to speed up pipeline construction

13 April 2019

Canadian oil is also a problem, because Canada has run out of pipelines to send oil to the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump displays an executive order he signed on energy and infrastructure at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, U.S., April 10, 2019.

He said the measures would help ease the permitting process and help investment energy projects. "Nobody believed that this was going to happen".

"We're gonna make it easier for you", Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday. "The actions NY is taking not only impact NY, they are impacting the entire Northeast, because we can't get a pipeline through the state in order to provide gas service to the Northeast". "Let's invest in clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs and won't destroy our planet", tweeted Washington state's Governor Jay Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president. The executive order clarifies the president will make the decision on whether to issue such permits. "And I appreciate it". Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tweeted.

President Donald Trump will announce a executive order Friday in a visit to Texas on Wednesday that could make it more hard for states to scuttle other energy projects and pipelines according to concerns about their impact on water quality.

"President Trump's Executive Order is a gross overreach of federal authority that undermines New York's ability to protect our water quality and our environment", Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.

Oil and gas companies have been complaining about delays in building pipelines, and Trump said his orders "will fix this, dramatically accelerating energy infrastructure approvals".

Trump's pipeline order is unlikely to result in immediate construction, because only Congress has the authority to restrict states' authority under the Clean Water Act, and because many pipelines lack adequate Interior Department reviews.

Trump said he's ending a "war on American energy".

"That's not a good thing when you're bolstering your nation's energy supply from out of the country", he said.

If gas-by-rail becomes a reality, it will likely draw an outcry over the potential for derailments, given that trains have crashed while carrying crude oil from North Dakota.

Both Connecticut and NY have used that tool to stop pipeline projects, and opponents of the controversial PennEast pipeline project in New Jersey believe it is the best option for stopping the $1 billion, 120-mile pipeline that begins in Pennsylvania and ends in Mercer County.

That goal, however, is complicated by the state's reliance on natural gas, which provides 40 percent of New Jersey's electricity and more than 70 percent of the fuel to heat homes and businesses. "It is a safe form of transportation, and it is an alternate form of transportation that also makes sense".

Pointing to NY and Washington state, states using the permitting process to prevent energy jobs have been whined about by Republican lawmakers.

Energy independence and even dominance has been a top priority for the Trump administration, and the president has made no secret of his intention to stimulate more fossil fuel production and use.

Trump singled out NY for his harshest criticism, saying "obstruction" by the state "was hurting the country".

Trump signs executive orders to speed up pipeline construction