The Obama administration may have halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) since it was on federally controlled lands, but they approved two other pipelines, the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail, going from Texas into Mexico.
Permits for the two pipelines were quietly approved in May shortly after the Sacred Stone Camp was getting off the ground. Together they will move U.S. fracked gas across the U.S.-Mexican border to flood the energy grid in Mexico.
Shortly after the approval of these two pipelines, the U.S. and Mexican governments announced the signing of an agreement creating the U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council. This council is full of major oil and gas players, including the CEO of Hunt Consolidates Energy (former energy policy advisor for George W. Bush) and the CFO of Sempra Energy’s Mexican subsidiary.
“The council, comprised of private sector representatives from both countries, is expected to exchange information and industry best practices in order to provide actionable, non-binding recommendations to both governments on ways to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico relationship on trade, investment and competitiveness in the energy sector,” said the press release announcing the council’s launch.