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Trump Visits Texas To Announce Executive Orders Boosting Energy Sector

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

President Donald Trump is visiting Texas Wednesday to announce executive orders to streamline energy projects and expand oil and natural gas production in the United States.

Trump will visit the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run facility located in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

A White House senior official told the Houston Chronicle that the executive orders aim to speed up permitting for energy companies.

Companies specialized in the pipeline sector have asked the president to use his executive power to prevent states from blocking multi-million dollar projects, according to the newspaper.

Oil and gas production is setting records in the U.S. and Texas leads the sector’s growth.

Crosby is where an explosion and subsequent fire occurred last week at a facility owned by the petrochemical company KMCO. One person died and several workers were injured. President Trump is not expected to visit the site during his time in Crosby.

The president’s trip to Texas included a fundraising stop in San Antonio. 

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