For Immediate Release
Enbridge-Spectra Mega-Merger Bad for Consumers, Climate
Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch
WASHINGTON - “The White House completed its pipeline trifecta yesterday by rubber stamping the Enbridge-Spectra merger after approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and reversing the blocked Keystone XL Pipeline. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal without requiring the merged firm to divest a single inch of its 38,000-mile oil and gas pipeline network. The company will be able to exert market power to reduce output and raise prices on consumers. As with other industries, this mega-merger only benefits company shareholders, not communities.
"The Trump administration is quickly fulfilling the fossil fuel industry’s wish list. The American people will pay the price for gargantuan gas giveaways — higher prices, a dirtier environment, and climate chaos. Approving this deal is a bad omen for future antitrust enforcement. It seems as though the White House has pulled the cops off the antitrust beat entirely, much to Wall Street’s delight.”
Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.