Trump deregulation could put pipeline safety at risk

By Annemarie Botzki 8 June 2017
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Pipeline laying in the United States. Experts say relaxing regulations will cause serious safety concerns. (FERC) Pipeline laying in the United States. Experts say relaxing regulations will cause serious safety concerns. (FERC)

United States President Donald Trump’s pledge to deregulate the country’s oil and gas industry could have disastrous consequences, especially for pipeline safety, experts have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

The rapid growth in US gas production is placing unprecedented demands on the country’s pipeline system. Trump has repeatedly stated that overregulation is hampering America’s economic growth. During his first days in office, he said he would cut regulation "massively" for business. Part of Trump’s deregulation plan is that any new regulation must result in the reduction of two existing regulations.

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