SOURCE Oil and Gas Journal
Trump executive orders may revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL projects
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 24
24th January 2017
S President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders aimed at reviving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL crude oil pipeline projects, but it was not immediately clear how quickly their consequences will be felt. Oil and gas industry groups and others that supported the projects applauded the Jan. 24 move nevertheless as environmental organizations and other opponents expressed their disgust.
“We’re going to renegotiate some of the terms, and if they are satisfactory, we’re going to see if we can get this pipeline built,” Trump said at the White House before signing the executive order covering Keystone XL (KXL). Moments later, he signed one covering Dakota Access, “again, subject to terms and conditions negotiated by us.”
Soon after, he signed a third order requiring that US-manufactured steel be used in such projects. “This is going to be difficult because a lot of companies will need time to gear up,” Trump said. “But it will put thousands of steelworkers back to work. We will build our own pipeline. We will build our own pipes, like we used to in the old days.”
His actions clearly were intended to reverse decisions made by the Obama administration to deny sponsor TransCanada Corp. a cross-border permit for KXL after years of delays, and to order the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to withdraw a permit it issued for an unconstructed Dakota Access segment following protests by the Standing Rock Sioux Indian tribe (OGJ Online, Nov. 6, 2015; Dec. 5, 2016).
“We appreciate the president of the US inviting us to reapply for KXL. We are currently preparing the application and intend to do so,” TransCanada said in an e-mailed statement to OGJ. Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, which acquired Dakota Access sponsor Energy Transfer Partners in November did not comment immediately on the president’s moves (OGJ Online, Nov. 21, 2016).