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November 14, 2016

Message From The Energy Equipment Infrastructure Alliance: Anti-Energy Opposition Will Grow After The Election

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) is a member of the Energy Equipment Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), a group that represents more than 600,000 workers from more than 120,000 companies in 60 industries along the shale energy supply chain. According to the EEIA, the results of the 2016 election could mean:

  • Major projects, including the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline, that have been blocked by the current administration now will move forward;
  • The Army Corps of Engineers will no longer be used as a tool to stop or add difficulty and/or cost to routing and permitting;
  • Application of a “climate test” by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or the departments of Energy or Interior on infrastructure project reviews will be off the table; and
  • The FERC will no longer be under pressure to stop projects by withholding approvals.

According to EEIA President Toby Mack, while all of this news is good, members of the energy supply change should not relax their advocacy efforts or take their “eyes off threats and opposition.” The EEIA and MSCI expect anti-pipeline and anti-fossil fuel forces to increase their activity at the local level and with the general public in the coming months. Indeed, after the election the organization 350.org, a shale opponent, said, “[O]ur movements must join together like never before. … None of us are giving up or going home today.” 

To help preserve jobs along the energy supply chain, including in the industrial metals industry, MSCI and EEIA must counter these efforts. With its EEIA partners, MSCI plans to organize, mobilize, and galvanize local industry stakeholder voices, especially the thousands of smaller local/regional businesses and business units, to build public support by telling the positive stories how pipelines generate jobs, lower energy costs, and boost economic growth. MSCI members’ support of this effort will be key to its success.