by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow and Junkscience.com Founder
As appearing in the Washington Examiner
Three major oil and gas pipelines have been scuttled or delayed this month. Is cancel culture coming for America’s newfound energy dominance?
Recently, Virginia and North Carolina utilities threw in the towel on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would have brought fracked natural gas from West Virginia to the two states for domestic use and export. Although the developers had won a 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in May, the mounting and seemingly never-ending legal and regulatory processes and costs, coupled with the prospect of an anti-fracking and anti-economic growth Biden administration, were just too discouraging.
On Monday, a U.S. district court in Washington ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline, running from North Dakota to Illinois, to halt operations pending a new environmental review. On the same day, the Supreme Court upheld the federal court’s stop-work order on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast for refining.
All three pipelines have been vigorously opposed by radical environmental groups, often hiding behind Native American tribes. Despite years of detailed and thorough regulatory review by state and federal agencies, the greens and their tribal allies have always been able to find a court willing to frivolously rule that some essential “i” has not been dotted or some vital “t” has not been crossed.