Published: Jan. 25, 2017 By ,

Among an ongoing issuance this week of executive orders by President Donald Trump, some have called for swift reconsideration of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, as well as swift environmental reviews and approvals of infrastructure development projects. The following CU Boulder experts are available to discuss.

Sarah Krakoff is the Raphael J. Moses Professor of Law and an expert in natural resources law, American Indian law, public lands management and environmental justice. She can address legal implications of the recent executive memoranda on expediting environmental review and the Dakota Access pipeline. Krakoff can be reached at

Phaedra C. Pezzullo is an associate professor in the College of Media Communication and Information and an expert in environmental studies and environmental justice. She can address the Keystone  XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as well as the potential consequences of deregulation on water and climate. Pezzullo can be reached at

Jeffrey Zax, a professor of economics, can address the potential economic impacts of the executive orders. Zax can be reached at or 303-492-8268.

Liesel Ritchie is the associate director of the Natural Hazards Research Center. She has been involved in conducting impact assessments associated with oil and gas development activities with First Nations groups in British Columbia and northern Alberta, Canada. She can discuss potential social impacts associated with such activities, including community concerns about risks and hazards. Ritchie can be reached at