President Trump Signs Executive Orders To Revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL Pipeline Projects
By Fox News // January 24, 2017
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(FOX NEWS) – President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.
The president said both projects would be subject to a renegotiation of the terms.
The president signed a total of five orders related to pipeline construction, including others expediting the permitting process for related projects and directing the Commerce Department to maximize the use of U.S. steel.
The moves had been widely expected, as Trump blasted his predecessor for effectively blocking the projects.
While the Canada-to-Texas Keystone project was at the center of a heated debate for years until the Obama administration rejected a key permit in November 2015, the Dakota pipeline more recently became the subject of fierce protests until the Army Corps of Engineers in December blocked construction of a controversial segment.
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