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Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network in the past decade. But mounting political pressure and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt — even as the pandemic saps demand for fuel.

Two major oil pipelines in the Midwest including the Dakota Access Pipeline that terminates at the Patoka Oil Tank Farm suffered courtroom blows this week and utilities in the Southeast canceled plans for an $8 billion gas transmission line.

Industry executives acknowledge their opponents have found some success in the courts, but say demand will rebound and pipelines are the safest way to move oil.