The China-backed conglomerate has plans for two refineries in Washington and one in Oregon.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has embraced the projects as a boost to the state's clean energy future. He has said the investments — about $7 billion for the three plants — would be one of the largest foreign investments in the U.S. by a Chinese company.
…’We're talking about building enormous petrochemical refineries on the shorelines of our most important water bodies. That's dangerous,’ said Eric de Place, policy director for Sightline Institute, a progressive think tank.
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The West Coast has not housed an oil refinery in 25 years, according to OPB.