• Trump administration preparing executive order to pave way for gas pipelines

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

In the USA, President Donald Trump is intending to sign an executive order aimed at allowing more gas pipelines to be built across the country in an effort to reduce LNG imports and increase exports. While many initiatives of the Trump administration receive broad criticism, in this case there appears to be some reason for the move. Some states have been blocking interstate pipelines, and in one case, the lack of a pipeline from Pennsylvania to supply shale gas to Massachusetts via the state of New York (which has blocked a new pipeline) has meant that LNG has been imported from Russia to Boston. Environmental considerations have been the basis of some refusals for pipelines, and presumably will continue to be a valid reason for not giving approval, and so it remains unclear at present if the order, when it comes, will be effective. Mr Trump signed an order to clear the way for the construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline two days after entering office, but the pipeline has still not proceeded because of challenges on legal grounds. A new order regarding KeystoneXL was signed last week.