Eberhart: Obstructionists’ Victories Aside, Pipelines Remain Critical to America’s Energy and Environmental Success

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Dan Eberhart

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By Dan K. EberhartEberhart is CEO of Canary, an independent oilfield services company in the United States, and a frequent commentator on oil markets and US politics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. He is based in Phoenix.Environmentalists are claiming victory after a spate of setbacks for oil and natural gas pipeline projects. However, activists must still scale a mountain of realities to offer a credible alternative for meeting America’s energy needs, sustaining economic growth, and tackling climate change.Recently, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy abandoned the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s order halting work on the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reinstated the Dakota Access pipeline’s permission to operate but its future is as murky as ever. All three projects have been the subjects of endless litigation over permitting issues. In the case of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the repeated legal challenges by environmental organizations caused the project’s cost to balloon from $5 billion to $8 billion.While the warriors against oil and gas toast …

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