A day after New York State denied approval of The Williams Cos.’ (NYSE: WMB) Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project, a Trump administration official declared it was “incredibly short-sighted to the environment to stop these pipeline projects.”

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said that canceling projects like NESE inevitably results in imports of LNG from other countries, particularly to pipeline-constrained areas like New England.

“We have almost doubled the amount of natural gas and LNG since 2000, and at the same time we have reduced our methane emissions 15%,” he said. “Russia not reducing their methane emissions and they do not produce their natural gas in an environmentally conscious manner.”

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