‘Pipeline Purgatory’ the Goal as Activists Take Fight Local

Instead of engaging a federal bureaucracy they believe will line up against them, activists now plan to focus much more locally. Although Trump has promised to speed up federal permits and regulatory review, his influence doesn’t extend to local communities or states, where activists are working aggressively to get regulators, lawmakers and the courts on their side. Already, they’ve helped get new laws passed in Georgia and North Carolina limiting the use of eminent domain to seize property for pipelines.


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