It’s a massive new oil refinery in an era focused on renewable energy. It’ll cost more than promised. It’s behind schedule. And now, public documents reveal that Dos Bocas — a favored project of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for his home state of Tabasco — is being built in a zone the state oil firm had promised to protect.
The documents, which haven’t been reported previously, show that in 2006 and 2007, Petroleos Mexicanos, the state oil giant, committed to preserving the area that included a rare mangrove forest in exchange for the right to drill nearby.