Donald Trump revives the Keystone and Dakota pipelines
After many months of delay the Keystone pipeline project is back on for now because earlier today Donald Trump gave it the green light–he also put the Dakota pipeline project back in gear after Barack Obama stalled it.
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Trump signed an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline. “We’ll see if we can get that pipeline built,” the president said as he signed the order. “A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs, great construction jobs.” Next, he signed an order to expedite the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). A State Department report put the total number of jobs at 42,100 — but this large number counts jobs only indirectly related to the project, which would employ about 3,900 annual workers for two years and 50 long-term employees. It would boost U.S. domestic product by $3.4 billion.
“This is about streamlining the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process and reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing,” Trump explained, as he signed two more executive orders, mandating the use of American-manufactured pipes and expediting environmental reviews and approvals for “critical infrastructure.”
As you can see above he also signed an order mandating the use of American made pipes for the projects. This is not the end of the story however because the projects are still undergoing environmental reviews and could be turned down, but at least we are now looking at finally getting an answer free from the politics which have delayed these projects. This is a step in the right direction.
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