Actions Dated January 24, 2017

Four memoranda and one executive order were signed and posted. Most have been thoroughly covered in news reports, so my comments will be limited. The overall impact is to significantly shift policy with regard to the environment.

  • Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Basically reversing the most recent action by the Army Corps of Engineers that initiated an environment review before deciding on approval of the pipeline. It’s result is to expedite the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline

This memorandum invites the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline company to re-submit a request to the Secretary of State reversing a decision by the Obama administration.

  • Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects

Establishes a procedure for designation of high priority projects (within 30 days of a request) and when so designated to expedite all reviews, permits, etc.

  • Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of American Pipelines

The gist is in the following quote:

“…use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law”

  • Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

“This memorandum directs executive departments and agencies (agencies) to support the expansion of manufacturing in the United States through expedited reviews of and approvals for proposals to construct or expand manufacturing facilities and through reductions in regulatory burdens affecting domestic manufacturing.”

 

 

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