Steve Horn will join us on Saturday from New York. His latest work, now up on CounterPunch:
8,600 acres of the Cumberland Forest owned by University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be leased off to the oil and gas industry this August in a new form of “frackademia” – and one of the top financial beneficiaries will be the family of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who sits on UT-Knoxville’s Board of Trustees.
The Haslam family is an oil and gas family through and through, standing to profit immensely from a fracking boom in Tennessee and nationwide.
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Pilot Flying J also has 63 of its stations nationwide retrofitted with natural gas pumps for 18-wheelers owned by T. Boone Pickens‘ Clean Energy Fuels Corporation (CEF) as part of CEF’s “America’s Natural Gas Highway.” Some perspective: CEF currently has 67 U.S. fueling stations in total.
Pilot also owns Marathon Petroleum, which it purchased as a wholly-owned subsidiary in Sept. 2008. Marathon owns the Wellsville, Ohio Intermodal Facility, “a terminal capable of loading up to 50,000 [barrels of fracked oil per day via the Utica Shale] onto barges on the Ohio River,” according to the Youngstown Business Journal.