Kelcy Warren is the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners and has overseen several mergers that have allowed him to build the company into one of the largest pipeline operators in North America.
He is well-known for his philanthropic contributions and involvement with numerous other business ventures in energy, construction, agriculture, and logistics. Kelcy Warren’s expertise with complicated deals has led Warren’s company to success on a global scale.
In 2009 Warren began plans to build a pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas, which would later double to be a significant conduit for crude oil. In late 2010 he was in talks to purchase TransCanada’s network of natural gas pipelines, although he eventually abandoned that plan to focus on his pipeline business.
Warren has significantly contributed to the Democratic party, donating over $25 million to political causes. He has supplied more than $12 million to Democrats’ campaigns since 2008. In 2011, he donated $2 million to Obama’s re-election campaign.
Kelcy Warren has repeatedly been criticized for his plans in the 2014 Oklahoma budget. The company was accused of not paying taxes in Oklahoma, with critics claiming that by not paying taxes, Warren was exploiting loopholes in the legal system. In 2014 Oklahoma state officials began investigating whether Warren violated state law by “bribing government officials” and allegedly receiving benefits illegally from state funds.
Kelcy Warren has been described as having a “reputation as a bare-knuckled business executive.” He was found guilty of “negligence” in a court case involving the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which was called the “worst construction failure” in North America. The project cost over $2.5 billion and nearly caused an environmental disaster in South Dakota.
On June 23, 2016, Warren appeared on the PBS program Newshour with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. The topic was the Dakota Access pipeline protests unfolding at that time at Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota. See this page for additional information.
More about Warren on https://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/current-regents/kelcy-l-warren