Trump Team Tied to Atlantic Coast Pipeline Now Being Pushed by White House*

Trump Team Tied to Atlantic Coast Pipeline Now Being Pushed by White House*

By Steve Horn, Itai Vardi

On Jan. 25, President Donald Trump’s team listed the Atlantic Coast pipeline among the White House’s top priorities for infrastructure projects, an attempt to deliver on his campaign promise to invest in U.S infrastructure programs.

Of the 50 on the list, Atlantic Coast is surprisingly the only pipeline project named. Some had suspected Trump’s infrastructure promise would serve as a massive pipeline giveaway. So, why prioritize this one?

A possible answer: Several members of Trump’s transition team, landing team and current White House operation have connections to companies behind the project or to firms lobbying for it.

The Atlantic Coast pipeline has been proposed by a partnership among Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and Southern Gas Company.

The natural gas pipeline, currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has faced staunch opposition from environmental activists and residents along its 550-mile-long path stretching from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. It will carry natural gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking“).

Among other things, detractors argue that the pipeline will have adverse effects on sensitive habitats, reduce property values and introduce dangerous precedents for the seizure of private property through eminent domain.

The pipeline is included in a document listing the Trump White House’s highest priority infrastructure projects. The document, which was leaked recently to the Kansas City Star, had reportedly been sent by Trump transition team members to the National Governor’s Association for review and comment.

Titled, Priority List: Energy and National Security Projects, the list includes various highway and rail expansions, airport upgrades, hydro and wind power projects, new transmission lines and a sole natural gas pipeline: the Atlantic Coast.

Source*

Related Topics:

U.S. Veterans to Return to Standing Rock after Trump Move to Continue with DAPL*

Two Major Pipelines Spill the Same Week Trump Advances KXL, DAPL*

Trump Blocked From Addressing U.K. Parliament for ‘Racism and Sexism’*

High Court Denies Trump Request to Immediately Restore Travel Ban*

UC Berkeley Cancels Appearance of White Nationalist, Trump Responds with Threat to Cut School’s Funding*

Jewish Members of Trump Administration Might Explain a Few Things*

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s