Energy Secretary Rick Perry told The Hill that the Department of Energy is considering the removal of the Dakota Access Pipeline from the National Energy Policy Act (NEPA) as part of a broader review of the administration’s strategy for reducing carbon emissions.
“We’re going to do that,” Perry said.
“This is not an easy thing to do.
I have been at the Department since before I was president and we have been working for decades to get the most efficient, environmentally sound and secure energy possible for the American people.”
Perry’s comments come as Trump has sought to ramp up his use of military force against the country’s neighbors.
The president’s top energy adviser, Steven Chu, told The Associated Press on Monday that the administration is considering building a new oil pipeline from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico in a bid to “reduce the amount of energy needed to fuel the United States.”
Trump and his team have repeatedly touted the benefits of the oil sands in their attacks on the Obama administration’s climate and energy policies.
In December, the president said he would build a “major pipeline” to deliver crude oil from the Bakken region in North Dakota to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
In his recent State of the Union address, Trump said he wants to “spend $2 trillion to help make America great again.”
“We need to start building pipelines that can move more oil,” Trump said.
The State of North Dakota was one of three states where Trump signed an executive order in February that allows the construction of two new oil pipelines in the state, the first since Trump took office.
The other two pipelines are already in operation and have a combined capacity of just over one million barrels a day.