President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Aiming To Speed Up Oil And Gas Pipeline Project Approvals
On Wednesday April 10, 2019 President Trump signed two executive orders aiming to speed up approvals for oil and gas pipeline projects.
“One of Trump’s new orders calls for the EPA to review a section of the Clean Water Act that requires applicants seeking federal permits for energy infrastructure projects that might pollute protected waters to get certification from the states where any potential contamination could happen.” The intention of the review is to create a more streamlined approval process. The order also allows transport of natural gas using trucks when rail is not available.
“A second order, focused on cross-border energy projects, would clarify that the president is solely responsible for approving or denying pipelines and other infrastructure that cross international boundaries. The secretary of state has previously played that role.”