In a world only beginning to suffer the onset of climate change, ocean acidification, desertification of farmland and countless other maladies caused by greenhouse gas induced global warming, it’s hard to find a villain more evil than the fossil fuel industry. When conjuring this evil, we usually think of the heavyweights like Exxon, Shell, British Petroleum. New York City-based heavy crude and LNG exporters Arc Logistics LP are no better.
In proud Orwellian tradition, Arc claims a code of corporate responsibility committed to “conducting business with honesty, integrity, and in accordance with the highest legal and ethical standards [where] officers and other employees must comply with all applicable legal requirements of the United States.”
Arc began operating an oil train export terminal in Northwest Portland in early 2014. No permit was required to begin these operations, as the facility had already been built. Despite this huge legal loophole, Arcs actions are very much out of line with their own corporate code, to say nothing of the crimes against the bioregion they’re committing. As Utah Phillips correctly asserted, “The Earth isn’t dying, it’s being killed. And the killers have names and addresses.”