Energy secretary says pipeline setbacks pose national security issue

Energy secretary says pipeline setbacks pose national security issue
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Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette on Tuesday said that he believes recent court decisions that have dealt blows to pipelines create national security challenges. 

Asked by Rep. David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyEnergy secretary says pipeline setbacks pose national security issue MLB, Congress play hardball in fight over minor leagues Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE (R-W.Va.) if the loss of pipelines like the Atlantic Coast and Dakota Access projects “pose a challenge to our national security,” Brouillette said “In my view, yes.”

Brouillette added that it’s “very important” that military facilities have “reliable access to electricity.”


The top U.S. energy official also said investors may be wary of investing in pipeline projects. 

“The regulatory uncertainty will lead certain investors to back away from these types of projects,” he said. 

Brouillette testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday during an oversight hearing. 

His comments come after the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled, the Dakota Access Pipeline was ordered shut down in court, and the Supreme Court upheld a setback to the Keystone XL Pipeline

During the hearing, the energy secretary was also questioned on a broad array of topics including legal requirements to update appliance efficiency rules. 

In response to questions from Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Brouillette said he would complete “as many [rules] as I possibly can” by the end of the year. 

“The number of missed legal deadlines for new standards has grown from three to 26 since President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE took office,” Pallone replied. “ I don’t blame you because you haven’t been there that long, but I do blame the Trump administration in general.”