Trump’s order would make it harder to block pipelines, and projects such as Longview coal-export terminal, Seattle Times ($)

By Hal Bernton • Seattle Times staff reporter • April 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Updated April 11, 2019 at 9:32 am

The industrial port of Longview, Washington with Mount St. Helens rising in the background.
The view of the port and the Columbia River is from the Oregon side of the river.  (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
The industrial port of Longview, Washington with Mount St. Helens rising in the background. The view of the port and the Columbia River is from the Oregon side of the river. (Credit: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) 

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that could make it harder for state governments to block energy-development projects such as a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington that has failed to get a permit because of environmental concerns.

In making the announcement, Trump lashed out at “state-level abuse of water-quality certifications.” He signed the order in Crosby, Texas, in the heart of oil and gas country, touting what business groups have been urging: faster approval of major energy projects. MORE>>


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