Trump order Could make it harder to block pipelines

An executive order Friday will be announced by president Donald Trump on Wednesday that could make it more difficult for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects based on concerns regarding their impact on water quality.

Pointing to New York and Washington state, nations using the permitting procedure to prevent energy projects have been complained about by Republican lawmakers. A senior administration official told reporters there are problems with the way some states are interpreting Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Before moving ahead with a power undertaking from the state, employers need to obtain certification under that section.

New York regulators ceased a gas pipeline if they decided it failed to fulfill standards to protect streams, wetlands and other water sources.

Trump’s executive order requires the Environmental Protection Agency to consult with states, tribes and relevant bureaus and issue guidance for the states to follow to follow the aim of the landmark act.

The order will also call about the Transportation Department to propose a rule which could permit natural gas to be sent in rail tank cars that are approved.

The second executive order Wednesday, Trump will declare streamlines the process for energy infrastructure that crosses boundaries.

Currently, the secretary of state has the authority to issue permits. The executive order explains that the president is likely to make the decision on whether to issue licenses.

The transfer follows Trump’s decision last month to issue a presidential permit for its long-stalled Keystone XL petroleum pipeline — two decades after he approved it and over a decade after it was first suggested.