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China Is Financing a Petrochemical Refining and Storage Hub in Appalachia – February 7, 2018

Proposed hub has a powerful set of political and industry backers

Over the past year, oil and gas industry plans to build a petrochemical refining and storage hub along the Ohio River have steadily gained traction. Proponents hope this potential hub, which would straddle Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, could someday rival the industrial corridor found along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana.

Those plans center around creating what is known as the Appalachian Storage Hub, which received a major boost on November 9 during a trade mission to China attended by President Donald Trump and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. At that trade mission, also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the China Energy Investment Corp. announced the signing of a memorandum of understandingmore

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Mexico’s Standing Rock? Sempra, TransCanada Face Indigenous Pipeline Resistance South of Border – January 3, 2018

Yaqui and Otomi communities challenge natural gas projects on the ground, in court

Since Mexico privatized its oil and gas resources in 2013, border-crossing pipelines including those owned by Sempra Energy and TransCanada have come under intense scrutiny and legal challenges, particularly from Indigenous peoples.

photo of Yaqui Community GatheringPhoto by Andrea ArzabaA Yaqui community based in Loma de Cacum, Mexico is challenging Sempra Energy's Agua Prieta pipeline. The pipeline would transport natural gas from Arizona to Sonora.

Opening up the spigot for US companies to sell oil and gas into Mexico was a top priority for the Obama State Department under Hillary Clinton.

Mexico is now facing its own Standing Rock-like moment as the Yaqui Tribe challenges Sempra… more

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Former Head of Energy, Environment at ALEC Hired by Trump Interior Department – October 20, 2017

Todd Wynn has described climate change as a potential 'net benefit for the planet'

Todd Wynn, former Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s Energy Environmental and Agriculture Task Force, was recently hired by President Donald Trump to work as a senior-ranking official in the US Department of the Interior. 

photo of grand staircase-escalantePhoto by Ad MeskinsPresident Trump hired fossil fuel insider Todd Wynn to work as a senior-ranking official in the US Department of the Interior. 

DeSmog discovered the hire via LinkedIn, and Wynn says on his profile page that he began at Interior in October.

Wynn worked at ALEC from 2011 to 2013 and then… more

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Goldman Sacks-Backed Firm Invests Big in Oil-by-Rail Plan Along Keystone XL Pipeline Route – June 13, 2017

New deal will facilitate transportation of tar sands from Alberta to Oklahoma

USD Partners, a rail terminal operator owned in part by Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, has signed a nearly three year deal to facilitate moving tar sands by train from where it is extracted in Alberta, Canada, to an offloading terminal in Stoud, Oklahoma, in a route mirroring that of the Keystone XL pipeline.

photo of fansPhoto by Kurt Haubrich An empty oil train passes a loaded oil train in St. Paul, Minnesota. A new deal signed by USD Partners will facilitate oil transportation out of Alberta, Canada.

From Stroud, the heavy oil can be sent via pipeline to the nearby oil storage hub in… more

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How Exxon Lobbyists Led Push to Deepen US Ports and Increase Natural Gas Exports – May 19, 2017

Gulf of Mexico campaign was part of two-part industry effort to make way for megaships

The US has signed a major deal with China to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia, adding further momentum to America's hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) boom.

The deal, which includes the export of other commodities from the US to China, was signed about a month after President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Much of the LNG in this deal will move across a recently expanded Panama Canal, offering a fast-track route to Asia for larger vessels, an expansion for which the oil and gas industry lobbied.

photo of panama canal expansionPhoto by World Bank Photo… more

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