Trump administration officials said Friday they are building a $500 million pipeline dredging system that would bring waste water from a natural-gas drilling project to a disposal facility.
The project is a major development for the Trump administration, which has been working to revive the U.S. oil and gas industry.
The pipeline would be part of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which is expected to start production in 2020 and carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas.
It is a massive undertaking, and it will likely take decades to complete, officials said in a briefing.
“This is a large-scale project,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.
“It is a tremendous undertaking.
But we are working to make sure that the infrastructure is in place to take it over.”
The Department of Energy said the new pipeline would bring about 8 billion gallons of waste water, and would also provide an additional $400 million for an effort to upgrade existing infrastructure.
“Our goal is to get this project off the ground as soon as possible,” said Michael McKenna, deputy assistant secretary of energy for environmental protection.
The new pipeline will be the third of its kind in the United States, following two in Canada and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Keystone XL will eventually cross the Gulf to Texas and Louisiana.
It would carry crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to refiners in Texas and New York.
A final decision on the project is expected by the end of the year.
A key question is whether the pipeline will allow for the injection of toxic waste, which would likely result in the dumping of toxic substances, such as lead and arsenic.
The Environmental Protection Agency says the Keystone pipeline will not affect drinking water supplies in the U-S.
or in Canada.
The EPA said that while there is no immediate threat to drinking water, the pipeline could pose a threat to nearby streams, which include Lake Erie.
Environmentalists have said that toxic waste could enter Lake Erie from nearby wells that are not in compliance with safety regulations.
The U.N. Environment Program said it will investigate the pipeline’s impact on the environment.