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China Is Financing a Petrochemical Refining and Storage Hub in Appalachia

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…
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by: Steve Horn – February 7, 2018

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

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 by Andrea ArzabaA Yaqui community based in Loma de Cacum, Mexico is challenging Sempra…
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by: Steve Horn – January 3, 2018

Former Head of Energy, Environment at ALEC Hired by Trump Interior Department

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 by Ad MeskinsPresident Trump hired…
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by: Steve Horn – October 20, 2017

Goldman Sacks-Backed Firm Invests Big in Oil-by-Rail Plan Along Keystone XL Pipeline Route

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…
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by: Steve Horn – June 13, 2017

How Exxon Lobbyists Led Push to Deepen US Ports and Increase Natural Gas Exports

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…
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by: Steve Horn – May 19, 2017

Security Firm Running Dakota Access Pipeline Intelligence Tied to US Military

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…
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by: Steve Horn – November 1, 2016


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