The Department of Commerce wants public input on “the use of American-made materials” in any new and expanded U.S. pipelines as it assesses the domestic supply chain and other logistical issues related to the construction of pipe, according to a March 16 statement.
[Isabelle Hoagland| March 16, 2017 |Inside US Trade]
The request for public input is a response to Trump's Jan. 24 memorandum asking Commerce to create a “Construction of American Pipelines” plan to ensure the use of U.S.-produced material in all new and retrofitted pipelines. The plan must be submitted to the president by June 23, the memo states.
“President Trump has issued a clear call for American pipelines to be made with American steel, and it is critical that industry, including pipeline owners, operators, manufacturers, distributors, and their suppliers, provide guidance,” Commerce's press release states. Comments are due by April 7.