The Pentagon Pays Hunt Refining for Iraq Oil

by Project Censored
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Researcher:  Bee Yang

Faculty Advisor:  Julie Andrzejewski

Evaluator:  Carla Magnuson

According to Department of Defense (DoD) documents, the Pentagon paid more than $70 million to an oil company known as Hunt Refining. Hunt Refining is a corporate affiliate of Hunt Oil. Records show that Hunt Refining has received contract work increasingly larger sums of taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon — $39.6 million in 2005, $52.2 million in 2006, and, in 2007, a whopping $70 million. Hunt Refining corporate affiliate, Hunt Oil is known for its Bush administration connections and dealings in occupied Iraq. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that Hunt Oil had pursued “an oil deal with the regional Kurdistan government that ran counter to American policy and undercut Iraq’s central government. Hunt Oil’s contract with the Kurdish Government is for the oil in Iraq.” Hunt Oil investment in Iraq’s oil is a pay off for the Hunt Refining contract with the Pentagon.  They paid for the oil with taxpayer money to fund the ongoing war in Iraq. With more contracts, the corporate twin is likely to be a corporate partner in the Pentagon-occupied Iraq.

“The Pentagon and the Hunt for Black Gold” Nick Turse,, July 17, 2008