Donald Trump and the Order of the Pipelines, The Atlantic ($)

Legal experts aren’t sure the president can succeed in his attempt to revive Dakota Access and Keystone XL.

Robinson Meyer

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Environmental advocates suspected it was coming, but few thought it would happen this quickly.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered the re-authorization and rapid completion of the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines, two controversial infrastructure projects that will make it easier to transport fossil fuels across North America. The move tries to fulfill a “Day One” promise of Trump’s to weaken the regulatory procedures blocking the pipelines.

“The regulatory processes in this country have become a tangled-up mess, and very unfair,” he said as he signed the order. In a less Trumpian register, the document itself says, “I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest.” MORE>>