President Donald Trump signs executive orders to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects

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President Donald Trump signs executive orders to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects

After touring a training facility in Crosby, Texas. President Donald Trump signed two executive orders Wednesday, designed to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects.

The action came after officials in Washington state and New York used the permitting process to stop new energy projects in recent years, prompting complaints from Republican members of Congress and the fossil fuel industry.

Less than a week ago, nearly a dozen business groups told Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler that the environmental review and permitting process for energy projects “has become a target for environmental activists and states that oppose the production and use of fossil fuels.”

President Trump has linked growing gas and oil production in the U.S. with the creation of jobs and a reduction in fuel prices for consumers. He signed the orders while visiting the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run facility northeast of Houston.
Trade groups representing the oil and gas industry applauded the orders and said greater access to natural gas benefits families and the environment.

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