North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

FEB 2017

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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Page 8 of 43 FEBRUARY 2017 | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines 9 Keystone XL and Dakota Access will bring much-needed crude oil to mar- kets, which will help create the fuel, power and products that Americans use every day," said CEA president Da- vid Holt. Holt added that Trump's decision to greenlight KXL and DAPL will "create both immediate jobs and long-term economic opportunities" for people across the United States. "But America needs even more pipe- lines to move forward," he said. "As part of CEA's Pipelines for America campaign, CEA recently released a re- port (see p. 10) showing how failing to construct vital oil and natural gas pipelines, which deliver fuel and elec- tricity to our homes and businesses, will result in a 31 percent shortfall in U.S. electricity capacity by 2030." American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Ge- rard added to the applause, say- ing the Trump administration's actions are advancing energy in- frastructure projects throughout the country. "We are pleased to see the new di- rection being taken by this adminis- tration to recognize the importance of our nation's energy infrastructure by restoring the rule of law in the permit- ting process that's critical to pipelines and other infrastructure projects," Ge- rard said. "Critical energy infrastruc- ture projects like the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines will help deliver energy to American consumers and businesses safely and efficiently. The Canadian Association of Pe- troleum Producers (CAPP) called the executive orders "a major step forward for Canada, the United States and North America." "As our largest trading partner, the relationship that Canadian producers share with the U.S. is a critical one," said CAPP president and CEO Tim Mc- Millan in a Jan. 24 statement. S.T. Karnick, director of research at the free market think-tank the Heart- land Institute, said reviving the proj- ects is a "big win" for U.S. citizens. "Pipelines are cheaper, more reliable and safer than freight trains for trans- porting oil, and the increase in pro- duction means our nation's consum- ers and businesses will get the best prices possible," Karnick said. "Lower energy costs also make U.S. manufac- turing more competitive. That will create well-paying jobs and put people back to work." Completing the pipeline projects will be a boon for U.S. jobs, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a conservative think-tank based in Lewisville, Texas. "Nothing has been a bigger boost to the middle class than the nearly de- cade-long U.S. energy boom," said IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews, Ph.D. "The number of new high-pay- ing jobs in the oil and gas industry has increased by more than a quarter mil- lion between since 2003. President Trump realizes that is a great way to grow a stronger middle class."

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