According to the White House, President Trump will sign executive orders Tuesday to advance the buildout of the Keystone XL pipeline, and the Dakota Access pipeline.
There are no clear details of what exactly the executive orders will outline or impose.
During his campaign, Trump promised voters he would approve both pipelines despite the controversy surrounding them each. Although Trump’s orders will receive praise and support from the oil industry and Republicans, the orders will most likely spark outrage with Democrats and environmentalist groups, including activists who recently made headlines by staging huge protests in N. Dakota.
Former President Obama rejected the Keystone pipeline in November 2015. Last month, the Obama administration ordered a environmental impact study to be conducted on the Dakota Access Pipeline before any decision could be made on building its final section below Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
The two pipelines require different approvals. Keystone needs a presidential permit to build across the Canadian border, while Dakota pipeline requires an Army Corps of Engineers easement to build under Lake Oahe.
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