Regulatory Actions Under the Trump Administration
February 6, 2017
Since taking office, President Trump has issued a series of Executive Orders and Memoranda affecting the Oil and Gas Community:

  • Regulatory Freeze Pending Review: The Presidential Memorandum requests that the Office of Management and Budget publish no regulation after January 20, 2017 until the department or agency head appointed by the President reviews and approves the regulation. For those regulations that have already been published, but not taken effect, the effective date is to be postponed 60 days after the date of the memorandum or March 21, 2017. 
  • Dakota Access Pipeline: The Presidential Memorandum instructs the Army Corps of Engineers to review and approve, as warranted, requests for approval to construct and operate the pipeline. 
  • Construction of American Pipelines: The Secretary of Commerce is to develop a plan under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines within the U.S., use materials and equipment produced in the U.S. to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law. 
  • Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects: For those infrastructure projects determined to be high priority by the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the CEQ will coordinate with the head of the relevant agency to establish expedited procedures and deadlines for completion of environmental reviews and approvals for such projects.
  • Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs: There will be significant changes in the federal regulatory process. Included in these changes will be a requirement that an agency identify two existing rules to be repealed for every new regulation it adopts. In addition, for 2017, the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero. 
  • Keystone XL Pipeline: The Presidential Memorandum invites TransCanada Keystone Pipeline to re-submit its application for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. If such application is submitted, the State Department, Army Corps of Engineers and Interior Department are to expeditiously review the application.

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