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Ocasio-Cortez Could Deal A Fatal Blow To US Oil Pipelines

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The U.S. oil and gas pipelines industry has had a rough month, with court setbacks for two critical oil pipelines and a ditched plan for a new natural gas pipeline.

And July isn’t over yet, for on the horizon looms yet another potential blow to existing and future oil and gas pipelines. That blow could be delivered by AOC.

Democratic Congresswoman and prominent environmental activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now seeking an amendment to the text in the next budget to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits to oil and gas infrastructure, HuffPost reports.

According to the proposed legislation, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Corps of Engineers to issue a permit under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) for the discharge of dredged or fill material resulting from an activity to construct a pipeline for the transportation of oil or gas.”  

The proposed amendment was set for discussion at a hearing of the House Committee on Rules on Tuesday.

The amendment could basically prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from working on and building oil and gas pipelines crossing waterways, derailing not just future pipelines but also the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was ordered shut pending a new environmental review.

Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed amendment, however, is unlikely to pass even in the Democrat-majority House where Democrats are not at all on the same page about dropping oil and gas pipeline projects, not to speak of the Republican-majority Senate, which is unlikely to pass such a measure.

Still, the proposed legislation highlights the growing divide between environmental justice campaigners and the oil and gas industry, and the ever-growing opposition to pipelines in North America.

The Pipelines’ “Black July”

The anti-pipeline camp has scored several huge victories this month.

First, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy said on July 5 that it was canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline “due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.”

Despite a major win on a right-of-way issue at the U.S. Supreme Court last month, the developers of the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline are definitively scrapping the project because of ongoing delays and significant cost overruns.

“This announcement reflects the increasing legal uncertainty that overhangs large-scale energy and industrial infrastructure development in the United States. Until these issues are resolved, the ability to satisfy the country’s energy needs will be significantly challenged,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion Energy chairman, president, and chief executive officer, and Lynn J. Good, Duke Energy chair, president, and CEO.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said that “The well-funded, obstructionist environmental lobby has successfully killed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.”

On the next day came the highest-profile setback for oil pipelines – a federal judge ruled on July 6 that the Dakota Access Pipeline, in operation since 2017, must be emptied and shut down within 30 days, by August 5, until a new comprehensive environmental review is completed.

A U.S. Appeals Court ruled a week later that Dakota Access can continue to operate while the court considers whether the pipeline should be shut down as ordered by the lower court’s ruling.

Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits to oil and gas pipelines crossing waterways could directly impact a new permit for Dakota Access should courts order the already operational pipeline to obtain one.

In the third major blow to oil pipelines in just two days, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered on July 6 that construction of the long-delayed and once-resurrected Keystone XL project cannot begin. The justices at the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that Keystone XL cannot use the so-called Nationwide Permit 12 that allowed pipelines to cross rivers with minimal review if they meet certain criteria. The Supreme Court, however, allowed other pipeline projects to return to use that permit aimed at fast-tracking construction of vital oil and gas infrastructure.

“This is a significant step toward restoring more certainty for energy companies, but declining to revive the permit for Keystone XL is short-sighted as the project has already been thoroughly reviewed for well over a decade,” the American Petroleum Institute (API) commented on the Supreme Court’s decision.

Court Battles

Dakota Access, Keystone XL, and any other new pipeline project will continue to face challenges to their construction, completion, and operation, potentially delaying in-service dates for new pipelines and adding more costs to already costly projects.

The court order for Dakota Access to shut down shows that even already operational pipelines are not safe from disruptions to their operations.

Regardless of how the proposed amendment from Ocasio-Cortez will pan out in the House committee, the House, and the Senate, Dakota Access and other pipeline projects will continue to face legal challenges for the foreseeable future – to the delight of environmentalists and to the frustration of the oil and gas industry.

8 Comments on "Ocasio-Cortez Could Deal A Fatal Blow To US Oil Pipelines"

  1. On This Day... Jul 30, 2006: Rasheed, Iraq Shiite pilgrims are dragged off a bus and executed by Sunni radicals: 23 Killed on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 1:04 pm 

    AOC is a muzzie lover. she tweeted 70
    million times on christchurch but zero on sri lanka

    we need to grab our muzzies and produce cheap goods. sitting idle and living on jizya is causing all sort of evil stuff.

    1971 Bangladesh genocide
    The genocide in Bangladesh began on 26 March 1971 with the launch of Operation Searchlight, as West Pakistan began a military crackdown on the Eastern wing of the nation to suppress Bengali calls for self-determination. During the nine-month-long Bangladesh War for Liberation, members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami killed between 300,000 and 3,000,000 people and raped between 200,000 and 400,000 Bengali women, according to Bangladeshi and Indian sources, in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape.

  2. zero juan on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 1:58 pm 

    fuck nutter

    On This Day… Jul 30, 2006: Rasheed, Iraq Shiite pilgrims are dragged off a bus and

    executed by Sunni radicals: 23 Killed said AOC is a muzzie lover. she tweeted 70 million ti…

    The United States (US) on Thursday condoled the death of an American citizen Tahir

    Hussain “muzz” who was killed inside a courtroom in Peshawar, Pakistan on

    Wednesday. said it’s good that muzz is dead but it’s…

    Russia: muzzie with Kalashnikov rifle and hand grenades shot dead, was plotting jihad

    massacre in crowded public place said when is putin going to take the china approach and…

    muzzies urges muzies in US to ‘monitor well for a place you can set a fire without

    drawing attention’ said when are we going to take the china approach to o…

    Davy said “Your projecting you sexual fantasy, lunatic” Them…

    IFuckPoliticiansInTheAss said Have a nice day StarvingLion, enjoy reading your c…

  3. fuck nutter Davy the bored Lunatic on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 2:36 pm 

    zero juan on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 1:58 pm

  4. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 7:19 pm 

    AOC = leftist bitch, one more libtard that wants your windows smashed and your
    business spray painted by gangsta rappers.

  5. Davy on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 8:37 pm 

    The 3 gorgeous damn thang has us REAL troubled. Even if it’s thousands of miles away and doesn’t effect us all at all. Were not sure why were so emotional about it?

  6. makati1 on Thu, 30th Jul 2020 9:52 pm 

    “The Dam Truth: The 91,000 Dams in the US Earned a “D” for Safety”

    “…the likelihood of dam failures—which not only threaten lives but also release toxic sediments trapped in reservoirs behind many dams—will increase as extreme precipitation events become more frequent in a warming world…. Largely as a result of the funding shortfall, in its latest infrastructure report card, in 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation’s 91,000-plus dams a D grade, the same grade they have received in every ASCE report card since the first one was issued in 1998.”

    Amerika better look after its own dam problems.

  7. Abraham van Helsing on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 12:11 am 

    You are dam right, makati!

    Meanwhile towns in the UK and elsewhere are back at square 1: old school lock-down:

    “4.5million people hit by new lockdown: Matt Hancock BANS households in Greater Manchester and swathe of Lancashire and Yorkshire from meeting indoors from NOW after repeated rule breaches led to spike in new Covid cases”

    China essentially is a national-socialist country, or in US globalist vocabulary: a “racist” country:

    “Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing”

    China believes in itself and its dominant Han-majority and has no tendency to abolish itself through mass immigration. That’s why China is going to win and globalists will lose. I’m not very deep into biblical things…

    …nevertheless, the story about Babylon should give you a great hint about what happens to globalists in eventually.

  8. makati1 on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 1:05 am 

    Japan is also a “racist” country and does not welcome immigrants for the most part. No ‘Babylon’ coming to Asia, I think. We few who are immigrants are way in the minority.

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