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  • New pipeline projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacity

    01/28/2016 9:44:21 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 28, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    A number of recently completed and upcoming natural gas infrastructure projects are expected to increase the reach of natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica regions of the Northeastern United States (see map). These projects are intended to transport natural gas from production centers to consuming markets or export terminals. Over the past several years, natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica areas has grown significantly: their combined growth of 12 billion cubic feet per day since 2011 accounts for 89% of the United States's total growth in natural gas production. The Marcellus and Utica shale plays are...
  • Spread between Henry Hub, Marcellus natural gas prices narrows as pipeline capacity grows

    01/27/2016 5:43:23 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 27, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    Natural gas spot prices around the United States are often compared to prices at the Henry Hub in Louisiana. At trading points in and around the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, natural gas prices consistently trade below the Henry Hub national benchmark price. However, the difference between these pricing points and the Henry Hub has narrowed in recent months as new pipeline projects have come online. Most of the natural gas produced in the region is consumed in other areas of the country. With limited infrastructure to deliver natural gas to consumers, the Marcellus...
  • Forest Service rejects proposed route of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    01/25/2016 10:15:38 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 21, 2016 | MICHAEL MARTZ
    The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the latest proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because of the 42-inch natural gas pipeline's potential damage to the habitat of sensitive animal species protected by two national forests in Virginia and West Virginia. In a letter to the Dominion-led pipeline company on Tuesday, the Forest Service said the proposed route is "inconsistent" with Forest Service plans and commitments to protect the habitats of the Cow Knob salamander, Cheat Mountain salamander and West Virginia northern flying squirrel, as well as the red spruce forest ecosystem in which they live. Consequently, the pipeline project...
  • ND regulators approve route for oil pipeline that will be biggest from Bakken

    01/25/2016 8:03:04 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    InForum ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Mike Nowatzki
    orth Dakota regulators granted a route permit Wednesday for what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state's fruitful Bakken oil field, leaving Iowa as the only state left to approve the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Public Service Commission members Julie Fedorchak and Brian Kalk voted to grant the permit for Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which plans initially to ship up to 450,000 barrels of oil per day on the 1,168-mile pipeline from the Bakken and Three Forks regions in western North Dakota. "This is a massive infrastructure construction project,...
  • Oil Sold for -$0.50 per Barrel. A Negative Price!

    01/18/2016 3:54:46 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-01-2016 | northdakoterrrr
    The oil markets are on edge with oil sinking into the $20s per barrel. And last week we reported on one place where oil is already trading in the single-digits. Canada’s bitumen is selling for just $8 per barrel. But even that rock bottom price is higher than what one oil seller earned for a shipment recently. In a bizarre turn of events, Bloomberg reported that Flint Hill Resources, a refining unit owned by the Koch brothers, said that they would purchase sour crude from North Dakota for $-0.50 per barrel. That’s right: a negative price. Oil has become so...
  • TransCanada Sues Obama for Exceeding his Authority in Rejecting Keystone

    01/15/2016 6:34:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/12/2016 | Bob Adelmann
    When TransCanada filed its two lawsuits on January 6, company spokesman Mark Cooper said, "TransCanada has undertaken a careful evaluation of the [Obama] Administration's action and believe there has been a clear violation of NAFTA, and the U.S. Constitution, in these circumstances." In the federal lawsuit, filed in Texas, TransCanada is seeking to limit presidential powers to prohibit future presidents from unilaterally rejecting such projects based on how the United States might be perceived by the international community. Environmentalists want to leave untapped oil reserves in the ground and fought successfully over the past seven years to have the president...
  • Keystone No, Kenya Pipeline Yes [Obama is an oil pipeline hypocrite]

    01/11/2016 2:16:14 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 10, 2016
    The U.S. says it wants to help finance an oil pipeline in Africa. TransCanada took Uncle Sam to court last week to reclaim some of the damage done by the Obama Administration’s multiyear, drawn-out rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. It may not come up in the litigation, but someone should point out that the same Obama Administration that rejected Keystone seems to have no problem supporting a new oil pipeline project in Africa. That was the story last week out of Kenya, where U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec told Kenya’s energy minister that Washington would help Nairobi raise $18 billion...
  • Washington To Help Kenya Raise $18 Billion For Oil Pipeline

    01/11/2016 11:22:39 AM PST · by kbobdelux · 27 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | January, 7 2016 | Andy Tully
    The U.S. government says it will help Kenya get the financing it needs to build an $18 billion pipeline from the oil fields in the country's northwest to its southeastern Indian Ocean coast to help it become a net exporter of oil. The pipeline would stretch nearly 500 miles from Lokichar in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to the coastal town of Lamu, and would be an almost impossibly expensive project for the East African nation. Yet there is enough oil there to make the plan worthwhile. The pan-African financial institution Ecobank Transnational Inc. says it has proven reserves of about...
  • TransCanada to file 2 legal challenges to Keystone rejection

    01/09/2016 2:25:29 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 3 replies
    Penn Energy ^ | January 7, 2016 | Juan Lozano
    The Canadian company that proposed the Keystone XL oil pipeline filed a lawsuit over the U.S. government's rejection of the project and announced it plans to file a second legal challenge that will seek more than $15 billion in damages.
  • New North Carolina (Atlantic Coast) Pipeline Could Save Citizens Money

    01/07/2016 5:17:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 1/07/16 | Mark Shiver
    North Carolina's citizens could see an annual energy savings of over $134 million in a few years. That's what Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy was told regarding the benefits of a large natural gas pipeline project that should be underway soon. The commission met on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and heard an update on the progress of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia to near Norfolk and then down into North Carolina. Bruce McKay of Dominion power company said that construction on the nearly $5 billion project could begin later this year and be in service...
  • TransCanada starts legal actions after Keystone XL permit denial

    01/07/2016 11:20:45 AM PST · by fella · 6 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 6 Jan 2016 | Nick Snow
    TransCanada Corp. said it will submit a claim that US President Barack Obama’s Nov. 6 denial of the company’s Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit application was arbitrary and unjustified under Section 6 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The president’s decision also exceeded his power under the US Constitution, the Calgary-based transmission company said in a lawsuit filed on Jan. 6 in the US District Court for Southern Texas’s Houston Division. The actions challenge the Obama administration’s ruling that approving the project’s cross-border permit would not be in the US national interest more than 7 years after...
  • TransCanada Sues US Over Keystone XL Rejection

    01/06/2016 8:43:39 PM PST · by fella · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | 6 Jan 2016 | Nia Williams
    CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 6 (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp sued the U.S. government in U.S. federal court on Wednesday, alleging President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution. Obama rejected the cross-border crude oil pipeline late last year, seven years after it was first proposed. TransCanada also filed legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying the pipeline permit denial was "arbitrary and unjustified." As part of the NAFTA claim, the company was seeking $15 billion.
  • TransCanada files lawsuit against Obama administration for rejecting Keystone pipeline

    01/06/2016 2:30:38 PM PST · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | Ben Wolfgang
    The battle over the Keystone XL oil pipeline reignited Wednesday afternoon with a lawsuit against the Obama administration charging the White House unfairly, illegally and unconstitutionally killed the project last year. In its lawsuit, TransCanada, the Canadian company proposing the massive project, asserts that President Obama — who blocked Keystone as part of a larger plan to control greenhouse-gas emissions and fight global warming — exceeded his constitutional authority in rejecting the project. The company also filed a separate action claiming the president’s decision was “arbitrary and unjustified” and violated the North American Free Trade Agreement. “TransCanada’s legal actions challenge...
  • Turkey row leaves Russia stuck with abandoned gas pipes worth billions

    12/03/2015 9:12:12 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 3, 2015 | Burmistrova and Jack Stubbs
    Gas pipes worth 1.8 billion euros ($1.95 billion) are to be left stranded on the shores of the Black Sea after Russia's decision to suspend work on the Turkish Stream pipeline, a potent symbol of Moscow's falling out with Ankara. Russia has set out to punish Turkey after it shot down a Russian warplane in Syria last week, imposing trade sanctions and releasing data it claims proves Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is involved in illegal oil deals with Islamic State. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Thursday work on Turkish Stream, a pipeline intended to pump Russian gas...
  • Wisconsin's largest oil pipeline system may see major expansion

    11/30/2015 5:37:52 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov. 28, 2015 | Lee Bergquist
    A company that owns the largest oil pipeline system in Wisconsin is considering construction of a major new pipeline that is likely to rekindle many of the arguments from the Keystone XL debate. Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. told investment analysts in October the company was contemplating building a new line that would start in Superior and travel the length of the state. Executives say they are weighing many factors: an anticipated political fight, the pace of new oil development in Canada and the prospects of higher oil prices. Crude oil's sharp price decline has curtailed many new oil projects, but the...
  • Mas AG energy study: New gas pipeline not needed to meet NE peak winter electricity demand

    11/20/2015 5:02:27 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Mass Live ^ | November 18, 2015 | Mary Serreze
    An energy study released today by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England does not need additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure to meet peak winter energy demand and that energy efficiency and "demand response" would be the best solution over the next 15 years for both consumers and the environment. The long-anticipated study concludes that New England's power system is not facing an imminent reliability threat through 2030. Healey, who acts as utility ratepayer advocate in Massachusetts, commissioned the study in July. "As we make long-term decisions about our energy future, it's imperative we have the facts," Healey...
  • TransCanada and Enmax confirm layoffs in a rough week for Calgary workers

    11/19/2015 8:22:42 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | November 18, 2015 | DAN HEALING
    Both TransCanada Corp. and city-owned Enmax Corp. confirmed they laid off staff Wednesday as a provincewide economic slowdown blamed on low commodity prices hits pipeline and utility sectors. "This is a difficult time for all of our employees and contractors, as it is for those at many companies right now. These decisions aren't made lightly," said TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper in an e-mail. He said the company wouldn't provide details on the reductions until they are complete, refusing comment on anonymous social media postings that claim the layoffs are being rolled out over three days, through Friday, and involve hundreds...
  • Texas Official Raises Terror Alarm over Border Access to Pipelines

    11/17/2015 1:16:15 PM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 17, 2015 | Deon Daugherty|
    The federal government's failure to secure the Texas-Mexico border continues to put critical oil and gas infrastructure in the state at risk, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter said in a Nov. 16 letter to the Homeland Security Department. Citing several news articles, Porter said ISIS has attacked against oil and gas pipelines in the Middle East, and to do so in Texas could be part of the terror group's plans. In 2013, the Yemeni oil minister said the destruction resulted in almost $1 billion in lost revenue. Porter was echoing sentiments he expressed in a letter last year to...
  • THE KEYSTONE REJECTION ISN'T EXACTLY AN ENVIRONMENTAL WIN

    11/12/2015 11:23:06 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Houston Press ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2015 | DIANNA WRAY
    The Keystone XL Pipeline is officially dead. Last week, President Barack Obama rejected the proposed pipeline, wrapping things up after years of staying firmly undecided on the issue. "The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States," Obama said during a 10-minute press conference. "I agree with that decision." Of course, environmentalists hailed the decision as a major environmental victory. The Sierra Club thanked Obama "for taking courageous action" in his decision to finally, finally shut down any hope that the pipeline would ever be approved. But the thing...
  • Obama: Keystone would make planet ‘uninhabitable’

    11/09/2015 3:25:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 93 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2015 | David Boyer
    President Obama said Monday that the Keystone pipeline and other such fossil-fuel development projects would make Earth "uninhabitable." "We've got to lead by example, because ultimately, if we're going to prevent large parts of the Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable, then we're going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them," Mr. Obama told cheering grassroots supporters at a gathering in Washington.
  • Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

    11/09/2015 9:55:14 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 9, 2015 | Associated Press
    They've shooed pipeline surveyors from their pastures, made anti-pipeline signs for a protest at the county courthouse and at appearances by the Virginia governor. They've also kept up pressure on local officials. As the leader in this multigenerational band of family activists, Carolyn Reilly has found the experience exhilarating and bruising. "There are days when I am in tears in frustration and exhaustion," she said. "Then there are days when I'm fired up and ready to fight." From New England to North Carolina, scattered insurgencies have formed in opposition to a spider web of pipelines up and down the Eastern...
  • Here's The Real Reason Obama Killed The Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/09/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/09/2015
    President Obama has junked the Keystone XL pipeline. His stated reason: The U.S. needs to lead the "serious action to fight climate change." His real reason is different. 'America," Obama said, is "now a global leader" in the climate war, "and frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership." He insists now is the time to "protect the one planet we've got while we still can." Though his rhetoric will resonate with those who want to hear that sort of bunkum, the rest of us recognize its vast emptiness. Obama's decision Friday was based on nothing more than...
  • Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

    11/07/2015 6:31:34 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/06/2015 | Coral Davenport
    WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a symbol of the debate over his climate policies. Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he seeks to build an ambitious legacy on climate change. “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” Mr. Obama said...
  • Sen. Cruz: Approving Keystone Would Have Been a Step in the Right Direction

    11/07/2015 12:59:22 PM PST · by Isara · 10 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | November 6, 2015
    Issues statement on Obama Administration’s rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline:“Today, President Obama once again confirmed what most of us already knew: he does not care about American jobs or the American economy. He remains controlled by a radical environmentalist agenda, which seeks the elimination of whole segments of our economy.“It’s also notable that President Obama’s decision today is in direct contravention to the wishes of Congress, not to mention the recommendation of his own State Department. The State...
  • Michels, Precision Pipeline Awarded Contracts for Dakota Access Pipeline

    11/06/2015 3:19:04 PM PST · by fulltlt · 9 replies
    pipelineandgasjournal.com ^ | Nov 2015 | pipelineandgasjournal.com
    Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC has awarded Michels Pipeline Construction, a Division of Michels Corporation, and Precision Pipeline, LLC construction contracts for multiple segments along the 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Once completed, the project will transport light sweet crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, IL where shippers will be able to access multiple markets, including Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions. Michels and Precision will each construct pipeline segments in North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. Ultimately, Dakota Access will sign construction contracts with up to five union contractors. As part...
  • Obama Kills Keystone Pipeline – After Campaigning For It in 2012 Election

    11/06/2015 2:23:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/6/15 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama went to Oklahoma to promote the Keystone pipeline in 2012. Obama said he was “making the pipeline a priority.” But it was just another lie. Obama also took credit for the oil boom in America.
  • Obama rejecting Keystone XL pipeline

    11/06/2015 9:34:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2016 | Dave Boyer & Ben Wolfgang
    Ending a review process that lasted nearly seven years, President Obama on Friday rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, siding firmly with environmental activists and drawing the ire of business and labor groups who say the administration is willfully standing in the way of economic growth, job creation and energy security. In a speech at the White House, Mr. Obama, flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, formally announced they'll block construction of Keystone. "The State Department has decided the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I...
  • Oil Sands Still Face Pipeline Problems

    11/05/2015 9:46:50 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-11-2015 | keystone
    In recognition that its campaign is heading for near certain failure, TransCanada hopes to delay the review process of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline until the next administration. TransCanada sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a “pause” in the review process. The letter is a last ditch effort on behalf of the company to save the project, presumably hoping for a Republican in the White House in 2017. Environmental groups hailed the move as a win, but want U.S. President Barack Obama to administer a coup de grace by rejecting the pipeline outright. They may...
  • Legislature approves TransCanada buyout

    11/05/2015 6:29:28 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Alaska Journal of Commerce ^ | 11/04/2015 | Tim Bradner
    The state of Alaska will now own more of the big Alaska LNG Project. It will have to shell out more money for it, too. Alaska's Permanent Fund may have to be put up as collateral, also. Legislators have been meeting in special session in Juneau since Oct. 24 to review Gov. Bill Walker's proposal for the state to buy out TransCanada's share of the planned $45 billion to $65 billion pipeline and liquefied gas project. On Nov. 3 and 4, the state Senate (16-3) and House (39-0) gave their approvals. The acquisition is to be effective Dec. 1, under...
  • Obama Won’t Yield to Company’s Bid to Delay Keystone Pipeline Decision

    11/03/2015 10:09:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2015 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday said President Obama had no intention of bowing to a request from the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline to delay a decision on the project, saying he wanted to take action before his tenure ends. The State Department is reviewing a request made on Monday by the company, TransCanada, to pause its yearslong evaluation of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which has become part of a broader debate over Mr. Obama’s environmental agenda. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said on Tuesday that “there’s reason to suspect that there may be...
  • Keystone XL oil pipeline in doubt as U.S. asked to pause review

    11/02/2015 8:38:16 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 1, 2015 | Valerie Volcovici
    The Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Monday asked the U.S. government to suspend review of the $8 billion project that sparked a political war between environmentalists and the oil industry, a move that could put its fate in the hands of the next U.S. president. TransCanada Corp's (TRP.TO) move was seen by many as an attempt to avert a rejection from an increasingly environmentally focused President Barack Obama and postpone the decision until after the November 2016 presidential election. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said she opposes the pipeline while many Republican candidates support the project...
  • Several pipelines planned for central Pennsylvania

    11/02/2015 5:38:48 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Trib Live ^ | Oct. 30, 2015 | Candy Woodall
    While the last decade of oil and gas development has been largely contained to the shale regions of Pennsylvania, the next phase will tunnel through the midstate. Company men have been showing up at doorsteps throughout the region, asking for pieces of private property where pipelines can be built. After 10 years of drilling, shale operators have more natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. There's now more supply than demand, and pipeline builders are seizing the opportunity and submitting plans for an underground network to move through Pennsylvania. "These projects are absolutely crucial, especially given the fact that...
  • Trump: US needs 'better deal' before approving Keystone pipeline

    10/28/2015 8:18:31 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/2015 | Timothy Cama
    Donald Trump says the United States needs a better deal from the developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline before the project is approved. At a Tuesday rally in Iowa, the GOP presidential front-runner complained that the United States is not really getting anything in return for the controversial project, which President Obama is considering whether to approve seven years after TransCanada Corp. first applied to build it, the Toronto Star reported. The new position on Keystone contrasts with Trumps earlier comments that he would approve the Canada-to-Texas pipeline immediately upon taking office, similar to his Republican rivals.
  • New Canadian PM Trudeau brings same support for Keystone XL pipeline

    10/20/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 20 October 2015 | Steven Mufson
    The Canadian election Monday ousted a strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline. And it brought into office another strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline. The new Canadian premier, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, has supported the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as well as TransCanadas proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline, both of which would carry bitumen from Albertas vast oil sands to ports and world markets.
  • Russias endgame in Syria: Follow the Money (OIL MONEY!!!)

    10/18/2015 4:34:29 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 16 replies
    center for security policy ^ | Articles | October 6, 2015 | | John Cordero
    As Vladimir Putin orders airstrikes against rebels of all stripes fighting Bashar al-Assads regime, there are important strategic economic goals behind Russias actions in Syria. The short term goal is easy to discern: prevent Assads collapse as no alternative suitable to Russian interests exists, preserve Russias only naval base in the Middle East at Tartus, and promote Russia both at home and abroad as a world power that counterbalances American hegemony. Much of the media has focused on Putin as a personal driver of Russian behavior. While forays into Georgia and Ukraine have accomplished the tactical goals of preventing increased...
  • Natural gas pipelines under construction will move gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe

    10/14/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Construction or preliminary work has begun on three new pipelines designed to flow new supplies of natural gas from Azerbaijan to consumers in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy. For more than a decade, companies have been announcing proposals to build new natural gas pipelines to connect natural gas resources in Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East with consumers in southern Europe. In contrast to the three new pipelines considered in this article, most of these projects have failed to advance. These three new or expanded pipelines would reach from Azerbaijan's eastern edge on the Caspian Sea to Italy's southeastern...
  • UAE's Oil Storage Hub Of Fujairah Taking On Established Ports

    10/06/2015 6:16:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | OCT 6, 2015 | Gaurav Sharma
    Going back two decades, the quaint United Arab Emirate of Fujairah, some 130km east of Dubai, started carving out its own unique place in the oil and gas industry under the benign shadow of Abu Dhabi; custodian of the world seventh-largest proven oil reserves. Fujairah had what the other six of constituents of the UAE did not a shoreline on the Gulf of Oman and not the Persian Gulf. Any ships loaded on the latter coastline remained vulnerable to Iranian belligerence and threats to close of the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime outlet from the Persian Gulf to the...
  • Has Hillary lost the Teamsters over Keystone XL?

    10/02/2015 10:43:47 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    American THinker ^ | October 2, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The Fox News report that the Teamsters have decided not to endorse Hillary Clintons candidacy at this time, shortly after her pronouncement of her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, does not surprise and shows the peril of trying to be all things to all constituencies. On the one hand, there is a need to placate environmentalists and climate change true believers who oppose the pipeline from Canada. Among them is billionaire Tom Steyer, an eco-zealot who has pledged his fortune in support of Democratic candidates who want to repeal the Industrial Revolution who want us to rely on solar...
  • Energy Transfer to buy Williams in $32.9 billion deal

    09/29/2015 5:19:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 28, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    The Williams Cos. said Monday it will accept an offer from rival Energy Transfer, ending months of tortuous negotiation with a deal worth $32.9 billion. The purchase is the second-largest energy deal announced this year, behind only Royal Dutch Shells $70 billion acquisition of natural gas producer BG Group in April, and its the largest combination announced since oil prices slid from near $60 per barrel highs earlier this year. Including debt and other fees, Williams final price tag will climb to $37.7 billion. The new company will be the third largest energy business in North America and the fifth...
  • White House says State Dept still considering Keystone pipeline (after Hillary says 'no way')

    09/23/2015 3:35:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/14
    Following remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that she disapproves of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the White House said on Wednesday that the State Department continues to consider the project.
  • Seven years later, Keystone XL decision is due

    09/22/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2015 | Luke Hilgemann
    Hows this for American exceptionalism: It has now officially taken longer for the federal government to review the Keystone XL pipelines permit application than it did to build the entire transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. Yes, you read that right. Today marks the seven-year anniversary of what has become one of the most embarrassing examples of bureaucratic Youve no doubt heard of the Keystone XL pipeline by now. On September 19, 2008, the company planning to build it filed a routine permit application with the State Department. The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada and...
  • Partners submit application for 3-state natural gas pipeline

    09/21/2015 8:02:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    AP via Blue Ridge Now ^ | September 20, 2015 | JOHN RABY
    Four energy partners formally asked the federal government on Friday for permission to build a 564-mile natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The 348-page application was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline is intended to deliver cleaner burning natural gas to the Southeast as utilities move away from coal-burning power plants amid tighter federal rules on pollution that contributes to climate change. Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc. and Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy would have 45 percent and 40 percent ownership stakes in the pipeline, respectively. Charlotte-based Piedmont Natural...
  • Hillary Clinton Promises Views on Keystone Pipeline Soon

    09/18/2015 5:24:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2015 | LAURA MECKLER
    Mrs. Clinton has refused to say whether she supports building the pipeline, saying it would be wrong to weigh in because she was involved in the deliberations when she was in the administration. The White House has yet to announce a decision even though the issue has been pending for years. Asked again about the matter at a town hall Thursday, she said she has deferred because she thought it was right thing to do. But she said she thought it would have been decided by now and would give her view soon even if the issue remains unsettled. I...
  • Competing Gas Pipelines Are Fueling The Syrian War & Migrant Crisis(Inside the ar)

    09/16/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | September 10, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Dont let anyone fool you: As we have detailed since 2013, sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it. Editors note: This article has been updated to reflect recent Wikileaks revelations of US State Department leaks that show plans to destabilize Syria and overthrow the Syrian government as early as 2006. The leaks reveal that these plans were given to the US directly from the Israeli government and would be formalized through instigating civil strife and sectarianism through...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Theres fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle expos of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • Egypt militants bomb gas line to Jordan

    07/07/2013 6:55:53 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AFP via Fox News ^ | July 7, 2013
    CAIRO (AFP) Militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula bombed a gas pipeline to Jordan on Sunday, witnesses said, amid a surge in attacks on police and soldiers since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's removal from office. Witnesses told AFP the blast took place near the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish, scene of major disturbances since Morsi's overthrow by the military on Wednesday. On Friday, armed Morsi supporters stormed the provincial headquarters, raising the black banner of Al-Qaeda-inspired militants, an AFP correspondent reported. A Jordanian government official confirmed that gas supplies to the energy-poor kingdom were cut. "The gas supplies to...
  • 'Egypt losing control of Sinai to Beduin'

    02/12/2011 5:53:25 PM PST · by Tigen · 80 replies
    JPost ^ | 2/13/11 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Israelis urged to return home for fear that peninsula will become launching pad for terror attacks as police abandon posts, facing increasing violence. Concern is mounting in Israel over reports that the Egyptian police force has abandoned the Sinai Peninsula in face of growing Beduin violence, and that the territory will turn into a breeding ground for global jihad. According to information that has arrived in Israel, Egyptian police authorities have abandoned dozens of police stations throughout the peninsula after they were attacked by Beduin armed with missiles and assault rifles. This concern was behind Israels decision two weeks ago...
  • Israels oil could provoke next war

    06/16/2011 7:29:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Conservative News and Views ^ | 15 June 2011 | Terry A. Hurlbut
    Does Israel have oil? The very phrase Israels oil could change the game in the Middle Eastand provoke all-out war. Could Israel really have oil? The Zion Oil and Gas Company has been looking for oil along the Mediterranean coast, and just south of the Sea of Galilee, for several years. Two days ago they announced that they had drilled a test well in their Joseph License lands (between Haifa and Tel Aviv) to 5900 meters. They earlier found large hydrocarbon deposits at the site, usually a good sign. In August of 2010, the Givot Olam company announced a find...
  • Natural Gas Bonanza for Israel, Possible Oil Field as Well

    06/13/2010 8:44:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/3/2010 | Maayana Miskin
    A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa is to be released Thursday evening in the United States. According to the Globes financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than previously thought. The field's estimated size has grown several times as more surveys are conducted. In mid-2009, Yitzchak Teshuva, controlling shareholder who invested in developing the field, originally said the gas reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades, but now it seems that this was a conservative estimate. Teshuva said Thursday, "The results indicate that in addition...
  • Middle Eastern Oil: An Historical Perspective and Outlook

    05/26/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 31 replies · 9,893+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | 5/25/02 | Sean Finnegan
    It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East. From the borders drawn by the British and French after the Great War to the current flare-up in Iraq, the simple fact is that not one drop of western blood would have ever been shed were it not for Persian Gulf crude. However, this does not mean that the United States is unjust in acting or alone in dealing with the petulant behavior of the oil producing countries in the region; it just means that we are the latest country to go back in force to bring stability...