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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Trump signs orders making it harder for states to block energy projects; Hogan warns of threat to Chesapeake

Trump signs orders making it harder for states to block energy projects; Hogan warns of threat to Chesapeake

President Donald Trump's support for shifting more power to states on Wednesday faded next to his affinity for oil and gas production, as he aimed to make it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects due to environmental concerns.

At the urging of business groups, Trump signed two executive orders designed to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects. The action came after officials in Washington state and New York used the permitting process to stop new energy projects in recent years, prompting complaints from Republican members of Congress and the fossil fuel industry.

"Too often badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special...

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