Trump to Sign
Orders Reviving Pipeline Projects
By Jennifer Jacobs
and Jennifer A Dlouhy
- President Donald Trump intends to take action
today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and
Dakota Access pipelines, according to a person familiar
with the matter.
Keystone pipeline was rejected under former President
Barack Obama, and
Energy Transfer Partners LPís $3.8 billion Dakota
Access project was stalled when the Obama administration
halted work on in on land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota
amid protests by Native American groups.
taken on Trumpís fourth full day in office, illustrate
his plan to fulfill his campaign pledge to give the oil
industry more freedom to expand infrastructure, create
jobs and ease transportation bottlenecks.
climbed as much as 1.1 percent to C$63.25 at 9:33 a.m.
in New York.
Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer
Partners LP climbed as much as 3.3 percent and 1.7
no immediate comment on the presidentís proposed actions
and Energy Transfer didnít immediately respond to
requests for comment. A spokesman for the Standing Rock
tribe that opposes the Dakota project says theyíll
comment "if it happens."
press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said Trumpís goal
was to balance environmental protection and projects
that can grow jobs and the economy.
need to submit another formal application to build the
pipeline. But the companyís plans for Keystone XL
already have been vetted, with years of environmental
scrutiny culminating in former President Barack Obamaís
2015 decision that the pipeline was not in the U.S.
not said it would reapply for permission to build the
pipeline, but the day after Trumpís election,
the Calgary-based company said it was looking for ways
to convince the new administration of the projectís
benefits to the U.S. economy. The company has previously
said it remains "committed to Keystone XL."
fiercely battled the project, making it a flashpoint in
broader debates about U.S. energy policy and climate
change. Landowners in the pipelineís path warned that a
spill of dense crude could contaminate the Ogallala
aquifer, a source of drinking water that stretches from
Texas to South Dakota. And activists said it would
promote further development of oil sands in Alberta,
Canada that generally require more energy to extract.
opponents say the pipeline would damage sites culturally
significant to Native Americans and pose an
environmental hazard where it crosses the Missouri
River. Earlier this month, the Department of the Army
withheld the final easement necessary for construction
beneath the lake.
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