Is there a white knight that can ride in and save the day for pipelines being blocked by radicals like Andrew Cuomo in New York State? There may just be! Last week while testifying at a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing, Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that he believes states do not have the right to block interstate pipelines. Perry stopped short of saying that President Trump would consider issuing an Executive Order to approve projects like the Constitution Pipeline and Northern Access Pipeline projects in New York. But he did appear to hint at the possibility…
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry told a House panel last week that he considers oil and natural gas pipelines to be an integral part of the nation’s energy security, and hinted that the Trump administration could cite national security as a means to thwart states trying to block such pipelines from being built.
During a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing last Wednesday, Perry said he would be “hard pressed” to not say that states play an important role in the development of energy infrastructure. But he questioned whether states ultimately have the right to block interstate pipelines.
Blocking pipelines has “a national security implication or an economic implication on individuals,” Perry said. “That’s a whole nother issue, [but] the fight there will be the states’ sovereign ability to make a decision versus the national security of this country.”*
*NGI’s Shale Daily (May 15, 2018) – Perry Hints Trump May Thwart States from Blocking Oil, Gas Pipelines