The action will allow pipes made with Brazilian steel, held up in U.S. customs, to head for the western Pennsylvania construction site.
Six creeks recently gained special protection from the state. But some local businesses and landowners say the rules go too far.
Marcellus Shale production is expected to continue, an industry analyst said, and “we’re rapidly approaching a point where you may need to build capacity out of the Marcellus all the way to the Gulf Coast, and that’s an expensive proposition.”
Clean energy advocates and environmental officials say bringing solar farms to Pennsylvania needs to happen if the state wants to significantly boost how much energy it gets from the sun.
The nuclear industry has struggled amid slowing demand for electricity and competition from natural gas and renewable energy.