Trump order Could make it harder to block pipelines

Trump order Could make it harder to block pipelines”

The second executive order Trump will announce Wednesday streamlines the process for energy infrastructure that crosses worldwide borders.

The president was met with a warm welcome when his motorcade rolled through Crosby.

"Nobody in the world can do what you folks do", Trump said to applause from the assembled crowd. "We're going to get these approvals done quickly".

On April 10, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders created to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects; which appears it will prevent states like NY from stopping new energy projects, as it has in recent years, most notably Governor Andrew Cuomo's veto of the Port Ambrose LNG in 2015.

USA and state agencies overseeing permit applications have taken too long to approve projects, the investors said, adding they were anxious their projects would miss the most profitable years of the US crude export boom. On Wednesday, he made good on that pledge by signing two executive orders that would put pipelines on the fast track to success. The Obama administration opted to shut down that pipeline, but the Trump administration has sought to reopen it.

The edict represents a reprise of earlier presidential memos and orders Trump issued in 2017 in a bid to hasten permitting of US energy infrastructure. His latest permit is also being challenged in court.

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. Under that section, companies must obtain certification from the state before moving ahead with an energy project.

One order directs the transportation secretary to propose allowing liquefied natural gas, a liquid form of the fuel, to be shipped in approved rail cars, a change that could increase its flow between terminals and markets.

Trump's order also instructs the secretary of labor to investigate whether there are "discernible trends" in how certain managers of ERISA-protected investment-based retirement funds invest in the energy sector.

In addition to shortening the review process for infrastructure projects, the orders are aimed at limiting states' power to pause construction and giving the president the final word on permits for cross-border projects, among other things.

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

Williams, the lead developer of the project, said in a statement that it "supports efforts to foster coordination, predictability and transparency in federal environmental review and permitting processes for energy infrastructure projects".

The orders will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that provisions of the Clean Water Act are implemented "consistent with statutory intent", a senior administration official said.

NY and the Constitution pipeline's developers have been locked in a legal battle for the last three years after the state denied the project a CWA permit.

The president insisted "we're strongly protecting the environment".

Inslee is making climate change a top issue in his run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

The United States is blessed with plentiful energy resources, including abundant supplies of coal, oil, and natural gas.

He signed the orders at a training center for petroleum industry workers near Houston, an event sandwiched between fundraising events for the 2020 campaign. "I appreciate @POTUS's strong commitment to the improvement and modernization of our nation's energy infrastructure", Sen.

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