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The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo
The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

Trump overturns Obama’s block on Dakota Access, Keystone

On just his second full day in office, President Trump signed paperwork that renegotiates the terms of two pipelines. The Dakota Access Pipeline, running from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Illinois, and the highly disputed Keystone XL, which would bring oil from the Canadian oil sands in Alberta to the Gulf Coast, both received Trump’s golden stamp of approval in an executive memorandum.

The memorandum states that President Trump believes that “construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest.” The memorandum provides clear directives that press for a swift revival of the DAPL, a project Trump has always supported.

In addition, Trump also called for a “renegotiation” of the Keystone XL, successfully vetoed by President Obama in 2015.  Obama rejected the pipeline’s approval because he said it would continue to encourage fossil fuel extraction instead of “curbing reliance on carbon energy to address a warming climate.” Trump has vocally questioned the validity of climate change, calling it a “con job” and part of a Chinese plot to weaken U.S. economy.

While environmentalists have sharply criticized the new executive orders, supporters rally at the prospect of job creation. President Trump touted the pipeline’s ability to do exactly this, reports NPR:

Trump said the Keystone XL pipeline will mean “a lot of jobs, 28,000 construction jobs, great construction jobs.”

Keeping in sync with his “America First” mantra, Trump signed a decree that the pipelines be build with American steel, “like we used to in the old days,” reported NPR. Two additional decrees would streamline the permitting process, “reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing” and “expedite environmental reviews and approvals for high-priority infrastructure projects.” The cumbersome and difficult permitting process is a common complaint of those building the pipelines. Yet, environmental groups argue that the process ensures that such infrastructure projects do not harm wildlife or people during and after construction, minimizing environmental impact and health concerns.



  1. This is the worst type of journalism–printing the political chatter and ignoring the facts. All media has a responsibility to sort out the facts and cease to print falsehoods and claims which have no legitimate back up.

    Every Trump dictate so far will cost the country thousands of jobs because of the retaliatory tariffs and the loss of credibility of everyone including our own domestic companies in our national leadership. A bully pulpit without credentials or substances is just hot air that begins to have a distasteful odor. His analysis of the problem is generally valid but knee jerk campaign style purported solutions is no solution at all and in fact makes the existing problem even more difficult to resolve.

  2. Trump best president ever!

  3. This is a terrible ruling for President Trump. and I might add an illegal one. An EIS (Environmental
    Impact Statement was not submitted for the Routing of the pipeline under the Mo. River, which is ILLEGAL.
    This line is not just carrying crude oil, it has remnants of fracking chemicals, sand, dirt, water, etc. Good luck ND protecting your great fishing spot, and drinking water source for thousands of people downstream. The politicians were sly, keeping the pipeline there and not let it come close to Bismarck. Why? Pipelines leak. The reputation of the State is not a good one.

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