Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute released the following statement regarding new executive orders that will help relieve the backlog of pipeline projects:
The President’s executive action to accelerate the energy infrastructure permitting process will boost job creation, energy security, the growth of U.S. exports and the expansion of manufacturing in America, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. For years, manufacturers have advocated for a modernized permitting process, and this administration has listened, providing much needed clarity to often confusing or unpredictable rules and regulations. With these new tools in hand, manufacturers are not only empowered to make new investments in our people and our communities but also to keep our promise to deliver responsible environmental stewardship.
Pipelines are the safest, most environmentally sound way to transport natural gas and oil, and API supports a robust permitting process for moving pipeline projects forward, said API President and CEO Mike Sommers. While some state lawmakers and governors have abused the Clean Water Act to cause permitting delays, these executive orders will strengthen the Clean Water Act by requiring federal agencies to make timely permitting decisions in compliance with the law. We applaud the administration for their commitment to building America’s pipeline infrastructure, helping to deliver the energy that working families and businesses rely on each and every day.
The NAM has advocated for measures to accelerate the permitting process for new energy infrastructure for several years and has actively called on the Trump administration to improve the way federal and state agencies authorize these projects. In 2016, the NAM and IHS Economics released a study highlighting the economic benefits of pipeline development to the U.S. manufacturing sector.