Mid-South Lawmakers Weigh In On President Trump’s Executive Orders On Pipelines

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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have set fire to a bridge, tires and debris, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said. Authorities from seven other states have been called in to help remove protesters, she said. As of Thursday afternoon, about 100 protesters remained.

Several Mid-South lawmakers are weighing in after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allow work on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to resume.

From Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN):

“I am pleased years of illogical and political delays preventing completion of the Keystone pipeline have finally come to an end,” said Corker. “The Keystone pipeline is good for the economy and better for the environment than alternative methods of transporting the oil. Developing more of our domestic resources supports economic growth and the energy security demands of our country.”

From Sen. John Boozman (R-AR):

“I welcome the president’s decision to allow work on the the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to move forward. The fact that this was one of the first items on President Trump’s agenda speaks volumes about how his administration will prioritize job creation, energy infrastructure and economic opportunity. After years of needless delays and partisan obstruction from the previous administration, it is encouraging to see the president take immediate action that will benefit Americans and our economy.”

From Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR):

“I’m very glad to see the president take these steps, which will begin to undo the harm caused by years of needless delays. Building the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines will lower energy costs and create jobs across the country and in Arkansas at places like Welspun tubular. Producing more American-made energy also makes us safer by decreasing our reliance on the turbulent Middle East. These pipelines are a win for both Arkansas and America, and I applaud the president for supporting them.”

From Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS):

“The President’s actions can be seen as an effort to find the right balance between protecting the environment and allowing important construction projects to move forward.  The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines had undergone successful and extensive environmental reviews before the Obama administration pulled the plug on them,” Cochran said.  “I commend the President for taking action to address national priorities like energy security and job creation.”

From Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN):

(via Facebook) “It is shameful that President Trump signed executive orders today advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline & Keystone XL Pipeline. He clearly values big oil profits over ensuring clean water or combating climate change.”

(These are the statements received as of 4:30 p.m. 1/24/2017)

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