PAI conducts research and publishes reports on corporate and government accountability issues, independently and in partnership with other organizations. We focus much of our research on the role of powerful and wealthy individuals, organizations, and networks in our economy and politics. Our reports shed light on topics such as corporate tax avoidance, big banks and predatory lending, and economic development boondoggles.

PAI reports have been covered by a number of major media outlets. See our press page for more details of coverage. Below are some of our recent reports:

Oil & gas
February 2018

Contents Key findings I. PennEast Pipeline and its Critics II. PennEast and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy III. PennEast’s Powerful Revolving Door Lobbyists IV. PennEast Campaign Donations to Phil Murphy V. Are “FERC level returns” and “expansion potential” the real … Continue reading

Oil & gas
January 2018

Contents Key findings Ownership Lenders Map 1. Banks that pulled out of Dakota Access are financing Bayou Bridge Table 1. Lenders to Bayou Bridge companies Louisiana State University Map 2. LSU Center for Energy Studies advisors lobby for Bayou Bridge … Continue reading

How Fossil Fuel Interests Funded, Influenced, and Promoted the University of Minnesota Duluth's Line 3 Pipeline Study
November 2017

Contents Key findings Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Business group that commissioned the study has extensive ties to fossil fuel industry and University of Minnesota Duluth UMD ties to group that commissioned the study and to Enbridge The UMD Study … Continue reading

Oil & gas
June 2017

Contents Key findings Atlantic Coast Pipeline Dominion Energy Dominion CEO Tom Farrell The ACP’s revolving door lobbyists Dominion’s former EPA lobbyist McGuireWoods National Association of Manufacturers Dominion gives big to pro-pipeline politicians Conflicts of interest on regulatory boards Banking on … Continue reading

Oil & gas
March 2017

Contents Key findings National Fuel Gas Company Company ownership and executive pay Rate hikes and dividends Banking on National Fuel Northern Access Pipeline Opposition from communities and environmental groups Regulatory approvals Lawyers and lobbyists Download as pdf About PAI Author: … Continue reading

Oil & Gas
March 2017

Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC (PPH) is proposing a 178-mile double pipeline from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey. The underground pipelines will carry fracked Bakken crude oil southward and refined oil products (heating oil, gasoline, diesel, and kerosene) northward. … Continue reading

March 2017

Uber and Lyft, two Silicon Valley companies that brought in more than $4 billion in combined revenue last year, have launched a sophisticated and expensive influence campaign to bring their exploitative business model to Western New York. In addition to … Continue reading

One commissioner is advised directly by an active investor in fracking; the other is a former longtime utility executive
February 2017

This report has been corrected. The oil and gas industry has aggressively pursued pipeline projects in recent years, most notably Dakota Access. This comes as new extraction techniques such as fracking increase the capacity to produce domestic supplies of carbon … Continue reading

Fossil fuel interests vs. climate legislation in New York
October 2016

The Business Council of New York State, a corporate lobbying group backed by fossil fuel interests, has taken a forceful position against climate change legislation in New York State. The group has brought its considerable resources to bear to prevent … Continue reading

Oil & Gas
Spectra Energy hired Cuomo insider just one week after governor announced plans for study
October 4, 2016

Summary of findings Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline runs in very close proximity to the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant, and public safety experts and activists have sounded the alarm about the risks posed by the pipeline and its expansion … Continue reading

Climate change
How the climate denial network is mobilizing to defend Exxon from the AG investigation
June 2016

As state investigations into Exxon’s role in promoting climate change denial continue, a network of high-powered lawyers, think tanks, and pundits has mobilized in defense of the oil giant. Contents Introduction Key findings The lawyers defending climate change denial Map … Continue reading

Oil & Gas
An analysis of the economic studies justifying the Department of Interior's offshore drilling plan
April 2016

The federal government is relying on economic predictions heavily influenced by the oil and gas industry as justification for its proposed offshore drilling program. Contents Introduction Key findings BOEM’s plan to drill in the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico … Continue reading

Natural gas infrastructure
March 2016

In the period of time since New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo took office in January 2011, companies planning natural gas pipelines and power plants ramped up lobbying efforts, increasing their spending on political influence in Albany and hiring advocates … Continue reading

December 17, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown has presented himself as a climate leader and the media has largely portrayed him as such, most recently lauding his trip to Paris to attend the COP21 climate change negotiations. However, Brown’s relationship with the oil … Continue reading

The oil industry ties behind think tanks' push to repeal the crude oil export ban

Over the past two years, nine of the most frequently cited US think tanks have released reports endorsing crude oil exports, sent experts to advocate exports in Congressional testimony, and published op-ed columns supporting a repeal of the ban on … Continue reading

92% of non-governmental members of the task force have oil and gas industry ties

The extent to which the oil and gas industry has come to dominate policymaking processes surrounding fracking and related infrastructure is evident in the composition of a pipeline advisory panel recently set up by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Gov. Wolf’s … Continue reading

The past six months have not been friendly to oil and gas drillers that rely on hydraulic fracturing to exploit shale and other unconventional petroleum sources. As natural gas and oil prices continue to fall, drillers are laying off tens … Continue reading

Buffalo developer and school board member Carl Paladino’s history of racism, sexism, and homophobia – and the powerful network that protects his influence and shields him from accountability UPDATED 6/24 – click here to jump to Part III, Subsidizing Paladino … Continue reading

The oil and gas industry's campaign to silence academic fracking critics

In May 2015, an extraordinary example of academic intimidation involving the oil and gas industry and a fracking researcher came to light. Contents About PAI Executive Summary I. University of Oklahoma /    Oklahoma Geological Survey    Map 1. Austin Holland & … Continue reading

An analysis of the oil and gas industry's case for fracking

In the wake of New York State’s decision to ban fracking, drilling proponents have criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for basing the decision on “pseudo science” and “junk science.” When asked about the New York fracking ban at … Continue reading