US pipeline developers push back on Trump’s call for domestic steel

20 Apr 2017   Pipelines

US oil and gas pipeline developers, including the company behind the newly finished Dakota Access Pipeline, are pushing back on President Donald Trump’s call for future pipelines to be built with domestic steel. Energy Transfer Partners — a major owner of the Dakota Access pipeline that will next month carry Bakken crude from North Dakota to Illinois — said such a requirement would have a “significant adverse impact.” “The impacts of such a restriction are expected to severely delay project schedules, drive up costs, decrease availability and lower quality,” ETP said in comments filed to the Commerce Department earlier this month. Days after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive memorandum calling on the Commerce Department to develop a plan “under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines” use US-sourced materials “to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law.” The caveats […]

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