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A massive LNG project faces rising opposition in Oregon. The quiet backer is a Canadian firm.

Find the article written by Geoff Dembicki here:

September 2020

Here is a section of the article I was mentioned in:

"Strangely, environmental critics remarked, the ad didn’t once name the project’s true owner, Pembina. It also omitted the fact that most of the corporate profits from building the terminal and pipeline would likely flow up to Alberta; that much, if not all, of the exported gas will potentially come from Canada; and that despite the inclusion of “Tribal Nations” in the lobby group’s name, no tribes in Oregon or California appear to publicly support these projects. “It’s very manipulative,” Brook Thompson, a member of California’s Yurok Tribe, which is downriver of the proposed Pacific Connector route, says of the Western States group.

But the group’s founders have a long history of manipulation. Browning, the president of Western States, is also the chief operating officer of the Consumer Energy Alliance, which is in turn a front group for the oil industry. Consumer Energy Alliance has “channeled millions in corporate funding to become a leading advocate at the state level for [offshore oil] drilling,” according to a 2014 investigation by the Center for Public Integrity."


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