Oil was more than $100 per barrel in 2008 when the pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners announced the Texas Offshore Port System. The $1.8 billion “Tops” project would have unloaded foreign crude oil from supertankers and fed it to a country desperate for more.

Tops was never built. But Enterprise is now back with a project spelt in reverse. The Sea Port Oil Terminal—“Spot”—would be able to load a supertanker a day with U.S. oil for export from the Texas coast.

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