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Pallone on Trump’s Executive Orders to Gut States’ Control Over Pipeline Projects

Apr 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after President Trump signed two executive orders granting himself wide-reaching authority to control and approve pipeline infrastructure projects:

“Today President Trump signed two executive orders gutting a governor’s ability to protect their states’ water quality.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission already approves pipelines in about a year.  Allowing the president to force through pipeline projects regardless of a state’s wishes would prevent both the state and its residents from having their voices heard. 

“In my home state of New Jersey, there are concerns about these pipelines, and the last thing we want to do is strip away a state’s opportunity to have input into the siting of these facilities.  This action would also effectively eliminate a landowners’ ability to fight companies seizing their land for such projects by removing one of the few tools to ensure thoughtful review.  I’m going to fight this tooth and nail.

“The second executive order, which allows President Trump to seize control over the approval process for pipelines crossing international borders, is also dangerous.  The executive order would allow cross-border projects to receive a de facto stamp of approval without any review or chance to prevent serious harm to public health, safety, the environment, or private property before construction.  Combined, these executive orders represent a short-sighted and reckless afront to the welfare of the American public.”