Donald Trump Signs Executive Orders to Advance Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines After Years of Delays Under Obama


Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines back on the table after Trump’s executive orders …

After years of unreasonable delays during the Obama administrative, on Tuesday, day two of the Donald Trump presidency, he signed signed executive actions to advance the approval of the stalled pipelines. Trump said he considered himself and environmentalist; however, the stated the process was far too slow and  he wanted to speed up the process. Trump stated that these projects will create 28,000 great construction jobs. Trump also signed an executive order directing if pipelines are built in the United States, the pipes will be built in the United States.

Trump has hit the ground running and the business out of the White House has been astounding. It’s only been two days and Trump has been like the EverReady bunny.

With one swipe of the presidential pen, the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines were back on the agenda, marking the realization of protesters’ worst fears about what Donald Trump presidency means for the environment and the controversial energy projects.

Trump on Tuesday signed executive actions to advance the approval of the stalled pipelines.

The proposed $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline was slated to stretch 1,172 miles through four states — from North Dakota into South Dakota, winding through Iowa and ending in southern Illinois — and move 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day across the Midwest. It is completed except for a contested portion under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, which is half a mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s reservation.

The $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline was proposed to stretch nearly 1,200 miles across six states — Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — and carry more than 800,000 barrels of carbon-heavy petroleum daily from Canada’s oil sands through Nebraska to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

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    6 Responses to “Donald Trump Signs Executive Orders to Advance Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines After Years of Delays Under Obama”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on January 25th, 2017 10:34 am

      Most of the pipe is already in the ground. Just a few areas remain to be built. The line will need pressure testing and pump stations will need to be built along with support structures.

      Both of these lines could become operational within six months.

      The liberal fools who opposed these lines are too ignorant to understand that energy drives the economy of all nations. Instead of sending billions of dollars to the countries of the Middle East for energy, that money will now be available to make our country “Great Again”.

    2. Elmer on January 26th, 2017 9:35 am

      Re #1: Our country is less dependent on foreign oil now than it has ever been. Like it or not, you can thank Barrack Obama for that. As far as the Keystone pipeline is concerned, I don’t know how any patriotic American can think it’s a good idea for our government to take away the land rights of Americans for the financial benefit of a foreign company.
      SM: Then you should like the fact that America will be becoming even more oil dependent on foreign countries. I idea that you would credit Obama for anything to do with fossil fuels is laughable. Because Obama was all about oil, coal and lets throw in some fracking.

    3. Elmer on January 27th, 2017 11:26 am

      Laugh all you want, but US oil production nearly doubled under Obama. That’s not even up for debate. And my big question is, how would you like for your land rights to be taken away for the financial benefit of a foreign company? I don’t care what your political affiliations are, that just doesn’t seem right to me.
      SM: I will laugh because you act like Obama had something to do with it. He did not. You don’t get credit for something that you had nothing to do with, sorry.


    4. A Texas Grandfather on January 27th, 2017 6:22 pm

      No one is taking away the land rights of people to build the pipelines. If you understood the design, construction and operation of such facilities, you would know that the land title for the Right-of-Way remains with the land owner. The pipeline operator pays a yearly rental for the use of the land and pays up-front for any damages to land adjacent to the right-of-way.

      Obama for years took steps to stop the production of energy from our vast reserves by attacking the coal producers with regulations as well as oil and gas development and refinery construction.

      He did that on purpose for he fully understood that energy is the thing that transformed the industrial revolution to drive the economy. I consider Obama to be the most destructive person to ever occupy the oval office.

    5. Elmer on January 30th, 2017 1:54 pm

      Re #3: I respectfully disagree. There are landowners whose rights are being taken away by the US government, under eminent domain, for the benefit of a private company in a foreign country. And contrary to the executive order issued by GWB, this is not for the public good. In fact, as I understand it, most of the oil will eventually be shipped to China. I don’t have a problem with pipelines, but I do have a problem with eminent domain being invoked against private citizens who do not wish to be involved.

      I also disagree with your evaluation of Obama. Although I didn’t vote for him, I give him credit for our county being more energy independent than ever before. As far as coal is concerned, I have relatives who work in the mines. But coal has been surpassed and replaced by natural gas. Mr. Trump can talk all he wants about bringing back coal mining jobs, but it’s not going to happen.

      One more thing. How can the pipeline operator pay “up-front” for any damages to land adjacent to the right-of-way? How can they know if there will be a spill of half a barrel or a river of oil pouring out all over the land owners and their neighbors? I mean, how can they anticipate any spillage at all?
      I must have missed it where Obama was pro-fracking :) Even the CNN article below states it had nothing to do with Obama policy

      But the numbers tell a different story. Believe it or not, Obama has presided over the biggest increase in oil production in American history, even if he can’t take direct credit for it all.

      But the oil bust wasn’t fueled by the White House. It was actually caused by an epic supply glut that formed in part due to American shale oil.

      “Oil prices have been depressed, but that’s not a function of policy. It’s a function of global dynamics: we produced a lot — and there wasn’t a lot of demand for it,” said Vincent Piazza, senior oil and gas analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

    6. Elmer on February 1st, 2017 6:44 pm

      Could you tell me why my comments aren’t posting, please? Thanks in advance.
      SM: Looks like they went to spam folder.

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