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Pipeline Infrastructure Developments Under the Trump Administration

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Abstract: In recent years pipelines have become so much more than just a method of transport for oil and gas resources. They have become an unfortunate icon, rallied against in the name of environmental justice. Even more so, they have become a political symbol used to draw partisan lines on the industry as a whole in the United States. Just last summer thousands gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project rejected by President Obama and then fast-tracked by President Trump this year. The change in presidency brought a sudden shift in policy in regards to pipeline infrastructure, finally placing pipeline developers in a position to achieve so-called victory in terms of advancing their long-delayed projects. While the Obama presidency repeatedly stalled and rejected pipeline proposals, the Trump administration has taken a vastly different approach and has called for expediency in approving proposed projects. This, of course, has caused unrest and litigation from opponents hoping to continue stalling until a new President can be elected. In a world where demand for crude oil is up and the only other viable ground transportation option is rail, this paper will examine the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline, focusing on the barriers they have faced until this point and their current status.

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