US “Senator Markey Decries Trump Pipeline Power Grab
Thursday, April 11, 2019
New executive orders would circumvent environmental review for pipeline projects, undermine water quality rules
Washington (April 11, 2019) – Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the two executive orders issued this week by President Donald Trump.
One executive order would allow the President to unilaterally approve or deny permits for construction, connection, operation, and maintenance work on international pipeline projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, bypassing the State Department and circumventing the need for environmental reviews.
The other executive order would make it harder for states to protect their water quality and the environment by directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide new guidance on states’ use of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, which allows states to withhold certifications or impose conditions on federal permits for activities that could result in discharges to bodies of water.
The attack on Section 401 authority was opposed by the Western Governors’ Association earlier this year.
“This Trump pipeline power grab will only benefit the American Petroleum Institute and Big Oil’s bottom line,” said Senator Markey, Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force. “These executive orders trample states’ rights and completely undermine the role that science and environmental reviews play in making policy and permitting decisions about pipelines projects across the country. It is Congress—not the President—that has the authority to make changes to states’ powers under the Clean Water Act. I will continue to fight this effort to turn states and communities across the country into Big Oil playgrounds.” https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markey-decries-trump-pipeline-power-grab
“PALLONE ON TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO GUT STATES’ CONTROL OVER PIPELINE PROJECTS
Apr 10, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after President Trump signed two executive orders granting himself wide-reaching authority to control and approve pipeline infrastructure projects:
“Today President Trump signed two executive orders gutting a governor’s ability to protect their states’ water quality. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission already approves pipelines in about a year. Allowing the president to force through pipeline projects regardless of a state’s wishes would prevent both the state and its residents from having their voices heard.
“In my home state of New Jersey, there are concerns about these pipelines, and the last thing we want to do is strip away a state’s opportunity to have input into the siting of these facilities. This action would also effectively eliminate a landowners’ ability to fight companies seizing their land for such projects by removing one of the few tools to ensure thoughtful review. I’m going to fight this tooth and nail.
“The second executive order, which allows President Trump to seize control over the approval process for pipelines crossing international borders, is also dangerous. The executive order would allow cross-border projects to receive a de facto stamp of approval without any review or chance to prevent serious harm to public health, safety, the environment, or private property before construction. Combined, these executive orders represent a short-sighted and reckless afront to the welfare of the American public.”
Canada subsidizing Canadian subsidary of Russian Evraz. Evraz has made some of the pipes for Keystone XL:
“Federal government announces $40 million for Evraz”
Bryan Eneas · CBC News · Posted: Mar 06, 2019 10:32 AM CT | Last Updated: March 6 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/federal-government-announces-40-million-evraz-1.5044933
The subsidies may have temporarily helped the stock value:
“Russia’s Evraz says share sales by Abramovich and partners lower sanction risks MARCH 19, 2019 / 7:27 AM Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Polina Ivanova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian steel company Evraz said a decision by Roman Abramovich and his partners to sell some of their shares in the group would reduce sanctions risks.” http://web.archive.org/web/20190401024459/https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-evraz/russias-evraz-says-share-sales-by-abramovich-and-partners-lower-sanction-risks-idUSKCN1R01D2
“TransCanada has contracted with an India multi-national company, the Mumbai-based Welspun Corp Limited, and a Russian company, Evraz, to manufacture steel pipe for KXL…. TransCanada… has already signed contracts for almost 50% of the steel pipe for the project. The Russian company, Evraz, will manufacture about 40% of KXL pipe in its Camrose and Regina mills in Canada. This information is based on Evraz’s own contract announcements and their contracts with Bredero Shaw, the company coating the KXL pipes. The Indian company, Welspun, is likely to be manufacturing the rest of the pipe for the KXL project… ” Excerpted from “Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL Cornell University Global Labor Institute, 2011“, which can be read here: https://grist.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/gli_keystonexl_reportpdf.pdf Emphasis our own. References at original. We replaced the original “Indian” in the first sentence with India so that it will not be confused with American Indian. They should say East Indian, Asian Indian, or from India.
“Welspun is one of India’s fastest growing conglomerates“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welspun_Group Shalabh Kumar gave over a millions dollars help Trump become President, and helped raise over four million dollars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalabh_Kumar Is he tied to Welspun?
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