Plains All American Pipeline CEO Says Proposed Steel Tariff Could Hurt U.S. Pipeline Construction

CEO of Plains All American Pipeline Greg Armstrong said Monday at a Houston conference that he believes the proposed steel tariffs introduced by President Trump last week could hurt pipeline construction in the U.S.

Armstrong said at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference that specific parts needed for pipelines, such as certain types and sizes of pipe as well as specific wells and valves are only available outside of the country.

President Trump last Thursday said the U.S. would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports starting this week. So far nothing has been pushed forward or gone into writing.

Pipeline projects are surging, and Armstrong says his company needs some flexibility to be able to move forward as Plains currently has about $1.5 billion of projects underway.

Armstrong did praise the state of the permitting and regulatory process, saying it has improved since Trump took office.

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Kinder Morgan Says Oil Flow of Pipeline Not Interrupted after Protest Attack

Despite an activist groups’ announcement that it succeeded in shutting the flow of five oil pipelines for most of the day Tuesday, Kinder Morgan responded to the incident that the flow of its Trans Mountain pipeline was not interrupted, and no damage was done to the line.

A group called Climate Direct Action simultaneously broke into valve stations in four different states on Tuesday in attempt to stop oil flow from the Alberta oilsands, an act the group called “a remarkable accomplishment” toward tackling the climate crisis.

One of the pipelines targeted was Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Although the group’s dangerous stunt did not affect the flow of Kinder Morgan’s line, the company announced it is reviewing its security procedures and taking precautionary measures for potential future pipeline attacks.

President of Kinder Morgan Ian Anderson stated that oil companies work together to maintain security and safety of their pipelines and that his company is already planning security measures for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in the event that it is given the green light to begin construction.

Other pipeline companies were targeted in the protest, including Spectra Energy, Enbridge, and TransCanada. The companies responded to the attacks by warning that tampering with oil pipelines could have unintended and seriously dangerous environmental consequences.

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