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Trump Pipeline Push Is No Rescue for Blocked N.Y. Shale Project

May 16, 2019, 8:32 PM

President Donald Trump may need more than an executive order to speed up approval of natural gas pipelines like the $1 billion Williams Cos. project that was denied a key New York permit on Wednesday.

Trump last month signed an order aimed at short-circuiting state regulators who have held up gas lines by refusing necessary permits. The move came as the White House spars with Democratic-leaning states over the conduits, which have increasingly been targeted by environmental groups concerned about fossil fuels’ contribution to climate change.

But it’s unlikely the new White House directive will have much impact on the...

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