By Ken Stickney, The Advertiser, Part of the USA Today Network, January 24, 2017
Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Acting President Gifford Briggs said President Donald Trump's executive order to move forward on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines marks progress for energy security.
The president signed five executive orders in the Oval Office on Tuesday that would advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, both fought by environmentalists. Former President Barack Obama left the Keystone project to languish for seven years during the permit process, before rejecting it. The Dakota Access project was also stalled because of expressed, continuing environmental concerns.
"The construction of pipelines is a crucial step to strengthening energy security," Briggs said. "This battle began with the Keystone XL pipeline project over eight years ago."
"Since then we have seen the Dakota Access pipeline halted for President Obama's environmental legacy. This political legacy has kept tens of thousands of hard-working Americans from gaining employment and delayed the development of vital infrastructure."
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