Detroit Free Press: House GOP report: Russian Internet trolls meddled on Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline, too

By Keith Matheny

At about the same time they were interjecting themselves in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, online trolls from Russia were also tweeting and posting about controversial U.S. energy issues — including Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, a Republican report from a U.S. House committee found.

The report, released Thursday by the Republican majority on the U.S. House’s Committee on Science, Space and Technology, reviewed evidence provided by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that the social media giants had identified as Russian accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company based in St. Petersburg “established by the Russian government for the purpose of deceptively using various social and traditional media platforms to advance Russian propaganda,” the report states.

The trolls targeted controversial fossil fuel transportation projects between 2015 and 2017, including the Dakota Access Pipeline, a proposed oil transmission line from North Dakota to southern Illinois that prompted national debate amid protests involving American Indians and others in 2016.

“Russian posts also targeted several other pipelines, including Sabal Trail, Keystone XL, Colonial, Bayou Bridge, and Enbridge Line 5,” the report states, adding that numerous tweets encouraged following links to petitions aimed at stopping pipelines that included Line 5.

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Wall Street Journal: Russian Meddling on Social Media Targeted U.S. Energy Industry, Report Says

By Georgia Wells and Timothy Puko

A Russian-backed propaganda group used social media in an attempt to disrupt the U.S. energy industry and influence energy policy, according to a new congressional staff report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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Washington Post – These provocative images show Russian trolls sought to inflame debate over climate change, fracking and Dakota pipeline

March 1, 2018
By Craig Timberg and Tony Romm

Russian trolls used Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to inflame U.S. political debate over energy policy and climate change, a finding that underscores how the Russian campaign of social media manipulation went beyond the 2016 presidential election, congressional investigators reported Thursday.

The new report from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee includes previously unreleased social media posts that Russians created on such contentious political issues as the Dakota Access pipeline, government efforts to curb global warming and hydraulic fracturing, a gas mining technique often called “fracking.”

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