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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

by: Steve Horn

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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

by: Steve Horn

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Security Firm Running Dakota Access Pipeline Intelligence Tied to US Military – November 1, 2016

TigerSwan has been involved in US interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq

TigerSwan is one of several security firms under investigation for its work guarding the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota while potentially without a permit. Besides this recent work on the Standing Rock Sioux protests in North Dakota, this company has offices in Iraq and Afghanistan and is run by a special forces Army veteran.

FX8A9979chuck holton/FlickrCivil-rights groups have criticized the militarized response to peaceful pipeline protesters in North Dakota.

According to a summary of the investigation, TigerSwan “is in charge of Dakota Access intelligence and supervises the overall security.”

The Morton County, North Dakota, Sheriff's Department also recently concluded that… more

by: Steve Horn

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