For example, the recent approval of the construction of the nation’s largest oil export terminal, off the Texas Gulf Coast, came after the project’s developer expanded its lobbying operation to the federal level, the site OpenSecrets cautions.
According to the report, on November 22 the Maritime Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation responsible for regulating deepwater infrastructure, approved the Puerto Maritimo oil terminal proposed by Enterprise Products Partners.
The Texas-based company called the decision a “significant milestone” in the process of obtaining a license for the project, which, if built, could dramatically increase the United States’ ability to export crude.
According to the information, what is surprising about the case is that after submitting an application to build the terminal in January 2019, Enterprise Products expanded its lobbying operation and spent $810,000 in the same year, compared to 36 in the previous year. 26.6 percent more. months.
In addition, the company also hired the firms VNF Solutions and BGR Government Affairs to influence the federal government on its behalf.
All told, the company spent nearly $3 million lobbying the federal government during the four years its proposal was being reviewed, according to OpenSecrets research.
The disclosures filed by Enterprise Products and VNF Solutions specifically mention that they coerced the Maritime Administration to obtain authorization to “build an export terminal off the coast of Texas.”
BGR Government Affairs, which received more than $1 million from Enterprise Products, reported that it lobbied the Federal Maritime Commission, an independent government agency that regulates shipping, on oil and gas issues.
Critics of the Seaport oil terminal say allowing the project to proceed increases America’s dependence on fossil fuels and undermines Biden’s climate agenda.
However, the president’s reported claims of prioritizing care for the environment were first questioned when, under pressure from high gasoline prices, he reneged on a campaign promise to end oil and gas permits in public lands as early as last April. backed away.
Kelsey Crane, a member of the environmental organization EarthWorks, said, “Biden cannot lead the fight against climate change, protect public health or protect environmental justice, and at the same time allow fossil fuel companies to stop fossil fuel extraction.” Can’t allow years to be saved.”