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President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Wednesday to push back against lawsuits and other efforts in certain states that are restraining his administration’s efforts to build energy infrastructure, including streamlining the permitting process for domestic and border-crossing oil and gas pipelines.
The orders provide guidance for several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy, and the Department of Transportation, to reevaluate the portion of the Clean Water Act that gives states authority over infrastructure projects that could affect water quality or pose other perceived environmental threats.
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The infrastructure order directs that the “Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce approve rights-of-way for energy infrastructure through lands owned by or within the jurisdiction or control of the United States.”
Trump signed the orders in Crosby, Texas, while visiting the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run company.
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“Under this administration, we have ended the war on American energy like never before,” Trump said ahead of signing the executive orders. “Nobody believed that this was going to happen.”
“And we put thousands and thousands of patriotic union members like you to work building our energy future,” Trump said. “Since the election, we have created more than 5.5 million new jobs, and more than 60,000 brand new oil and gas pipeline construction jobs.”
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The two orders will affect the construction of oil and gas pipelines, including the one that would help get the Keystone XL pipeline project completed by giving Trump authority to approve an energy infrastructure project that crosses an international border, in this case, the border between Canada and the United States.
One order also would allow natural gas to be transported by rail and tanker truck.
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