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  • Officials say power grid is on the brink {New England}

    07/02/2014 4:36:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 74 replies
    SeacoastOnline ^ | July 01, 2014 | Deborah McDermott
    New England states are united in proposing that a tariff be imposed on electricity rates throughout the region to fund more natural gas pipelines and increased transmission infrastructure — to reverse electricity costs that are among the highest in the nation. The proposal is a necessary step because the region has limited gas pipeline capacity despite a demand that has grown from 6 percent in 2000 to 46 percent in 2013, energy experts said at a forum sponsored by The New England Council at St. Anselm's College in Manchester Monday. At the same time, more and more coal-fired, oil and...
  • Pipeline progress, Midstream companies make ‘remarkable’ strides in North Dakota

    07/01/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of June 29, 201 | MAXINE HERR
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is full of gratitude for pipeline infrastructure investments after tasking midstream companies two years ago to build pipelines, and build them quickly. Dalrymple hosted his second Governor’s Pipeline Summit in Bismarck on June 24, bringing together about 150 pipeline industry leaders, energy industry representatives and federal, state and local officials to share their response to the rapid construction of thousands of miles of pipelines to meet oil and gas industry demands. “There was a time a few years ago when we said we’re never going to have enough pipelines to deal with this boom,” Dalrymple...
  • North Dakota aims to double pipeline capacity; Enterprise helps

    06/30/2014 6:06:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | ERNEST SCHEYDER
    North Dakota intends to nearly double its oil and gas pipeline capacity within two years as part of a plan to curb the wasteful flaring of natural gas in the bustling Bakken oil field, the state's governor said on Tuesday. Oil production in North Dakota has more than tripled in the past decade to 1 million barrels of oil equivalent (boepd) per day, making for the fastest-growing U.S. state economy. But state pipeline capacity has lagged. Governor Jack Dalrymple said the state wants to boost capacity to 1.4 million boepd by 2016 from about 780,000 boepd now. "We will reduce...
  • Canada pulls the plug on the U.S. Keystone Pipeline – will send oil to Asia

    06/29/2014 8:38:39 PM PDT · by Signalman · 52 replies
    WUWT ^ | 6/28/2014 | Anthony Watts
    Obama’s inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result – Canada has made the decision for him. Breitbart reports Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project – a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil to Asia. The Canadian oil will still be burnt – in Asia, instead of America. All the jobs and energy security which Canadian oil could have delivered to America, will instead be delivered to Asia. Rather than purchasing crude from a friendly and allied neighbor, the United States will most likely need to continue its reliance upon hostile sources like...
  • OUT WITH KEYSTONE XL, IN WITH ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY

    06/28/2014 11:45:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2014 | Thomas Rose
    Claiming it could no longer abide the Obama administration's five-year refusal to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to bring 830,000 barrels a day of much-needed Alberta shale oil to U.S. refineries, the Canadian government recently approved plans for a huge new pipeline and port project to ship that oil to Asia instead.
  • Industry touts economic effect of Keystone’s southern leg on Texas

    06/27/2014 5:23:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 25, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    A business association whose members include some of the world’s biggest energy companies is urging the administration to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that the southern portion of the project already has shown the positive economic impact the project will have on the country. The group commissioned a study on the economic effect of the 485-mile portion of Keystone pipeline known as the Gulf Coast Extension, which opened earlier this year linking Oklahoma and Texas. The study highlights benefits the project had on local businesses like restaurants and hotels along the route. It notes that during construction, TransCanada...
  • Local Western Mass. Residents On Edge Over Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

    06/27/2014 5:19:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 43 replies
    WBZ-TV, CBS ^ | June 24, 2014 | Joe Shortsleeve
    Plans to build a natural gas pipeline through central and western Massachusetts are running into opposition from residents in the communities affected. The pipeline begins in Troy, Pennsylvania and runs through Wright, New York before entering Massachusetts in Richmond. It would run through dozens of communities before ending in Dracut. But few residents expect to see any benefits from the pipeline plan. “It would go in front of our house. It would go through this hay field,” said Pat Worth, one of those residents. Worth is afraid her 25-acre farm in rural Royalston will be ruined if a natural gas...
  • Putin says US trying to derail gas pipeline plan

    <p>VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. is trying to derail a project to build a gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after Russian and Austrian energy firms agreed to build the pipeline's western end.</p>
  • With Putin in Vienna, Gazprom signs Austria pipeline deal

    ienna (AFP) - Coinciding with a visit to Vienna by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday signed a deal with Austria's OMV approving the EU country's section of the controversial South Stream pipeline. The crisis in Ukraine has made the planned pipeline bringing Siberian gas to the European Union -- bypassing Ukraine -- a new focus of tensions between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. EU member Bulgaria earlier this month said it was suspending work on building its section of the multi-billion-euro (-dollar) project following pressure from the EU and the United States. The European Commission has...
  • Pipeline Predicament: The Ukraine-Syria-Russia-U.S. gas nexus

    06/21/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Tahran Times ^ | 3/18/14 | By Yuram Abdullah Weiler
    Pipeline Predicament: The Ukraine-Syria-Russia-U.S. gas nexus On Line: 18 March 2014 16:21 In Print: Wednesday 19 March 2014 “The past five years have demonstrated that the U.S. president does not have any ethical dimension for his foreign policy - Syria is one example - let alone the question of intervening to uphold the principle of non-aggression against a sovereign state.” Marwan Kabalan, political analyst at the Doha Institute. The recent U.S.-backed coup that toppled the former government in Ukraine has been couched in the noble rhetoric of democracy, humanitarian intervention and self-determination, but a closer examination reveals an ugly underside...
  • It's time to approve Keystone XL {3 new reasons}

    06/21/2014 6:23:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JUNE 19, 2014 | JARED MEYER
    President Obama has three new reasons to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would bring 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil per day from Alberta to U.S. refineries, which would lead to economic growth and job creation in the United States. Escalating Conflict in Iraq. Though the fighting is yet to affect oil production in southern Iraq, uncertainty over how much havoc ISIS will create is driving up futures prices. Disruption in Iraq's production would substantially affect its heavy crude oil exports, the type of oil found in Canadian tar sands. If unrest continues in the region, Canadian...
  • Israel gets oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's independent pipeline

    06/20/2014 6:48:23 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 5 replies
    Reuters via Ekurd.net ^ | 20.6.2014 | By Julia Payne - Reuters
    LONDON,— Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload its first cargo of disputed crude oil in Israel from its new independent pipeline after weeks of seeking an outlet as Iraq's central government has threatened legal action against any buyer. The SCF Altai tanker was anchored near Israel's Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship tracking and industry sources said. The tanker is expected to dock early on Saturday, local sources said. Securing the first sale of oil from its independent pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan is crucial for the Kurdish Regional Government as it seeks greater financial independence from...
  • Senate Energy Committee clears pro-Keystone XL measure, with Mary Landrieu leading the charge

    06/19/2014 2:37:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In the face of the relentless dillydallying on the part of the Obama administration on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada went ahead and starting exploring the potential of cutting deals with other markets in Asia — and yesterday, the Canadian government approved their own Northern Gateway pipeline to carry crude from the Alberta oil sands out to the Pacific Ocean for shipment via tankers. There has been some speculation about the possibility of the Obama administration approving the Keystone XL pipeline now that Iraq’s oil output is on seriously unstable footing (although, reality check: The Keystone XL pipeline by...
  • What Iraq's war may mean for the Keystone pipeline

    06/19/2014 6:26:32 AM PDT · by shove_it · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 18 Jun 2014 | Javier E. David
    Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline have found a new talking point: Iraq Violence exploding in one of the world's largest oil-producing nations is ricocheting in the debate over U.S. energy policy. Backers of the pipeline, which would run from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, are pointing to the crisis in Iraq as a rationale for pushing the project forward. Often billed as a possible component for supplying the U.S.'s voracious energy markets with crude oil, TransCanada's long-delayed $5.3 billion pipeline has been mired in delays for six years. On Wednesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee voted 12-10 to...
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • Senate panel votes to approve Keystone (but Reid won't bring it up for vote)

    06/18/2014 12:10:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, delivering a rebuke to President Obama. All Republicans on the panel voted to clear the pipeline, joined by Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (La.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), two Democrats in energy-heavy states, in a 12-10 vote. Proponents of the pipeline expressed frustration with Obama’s refusal to take action for more than five years on the final leg of Keystone, which is planned to run from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries on the United States Gulf Coast. “I really wish we weren’t sitting here years after...
  • First westbound natural gas flows begin on Rockies Express Pipeline

    06/18/2014 10:55:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 18, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) announced on Monday that it expects service to commence as soon as today for the first 0.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity on its 0.60 Bcf/d Seneca Lateral pipeline in southeast Ohio. The 14.3-mile lateral will flow gas north from the MarkWest Seneca natural gas processing plant to the REX mainline, where a newly built compressor station will allow this gas to be delivered to points west in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. No new pipelines will be added to the mainline; the project will allow bidirectional flows—both east and west—to occur on...
  • Canada OKs oil pipeline to the Pacific Coast

    06/18/2014 5:31:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    Canada’s government on Tuesday approved a proposed pipeline to the Pacific Coast that would allow oil to be shipped to Asia, a major step in the country’s efforts to diversify its oil industry. The approval Tuesday was expected. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been a staunch supporter of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline after the U.S. delayed a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Enbridge’s pipeline would transport 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry...
  • Gas transit pipeline explodes in E. Ukraine

    06/17/2014 7:06:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    RT.com ^ | June 17, 2014
    An explosion has struck a pipeline in the eastern Ukrainian Poltava region. Witnesses say flames from the blast are up to 200 meter high, RIA Novosti reports. The “Brotherhood” natural gas pipeline (Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod) is about one kilometer away from the nearest settlement. No injuries have been reported from the blast. Fire fighting crews have been deployed to the scene. “The explosion occurred at about 14:45 local time in a field. Due to the flame and the high temperatures, it is impossible to get closer to the epicenter,” the local police press-service said in a statement. Pipeline faucets are being tuned...
  • UKRAINE: Gas pipeline "Urengoy-Uzhgorod-Pomary" pipeline explosion

    06/17/2014 6:46:33 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    censor.net ^ | 06/17/14 16:07
    The explosion occurred on the pipeline "Urengoy-Uzhgorod-Pomary" Lokhvytsky in Poltava region. On it informs "Іnterfaks-Ukraine", referring to the press service of the Interior Ministry in the Poltava region, transmits UE. Read also "Tsenzor.NET": GTS and underground gas storage facilities will remain the property of the state, - "Naftogaz" "The report of the explosion came about 14:20. Fortunately, there were no injuries, fire works are still going on," - said the press service. According to police, the explosion occurred on a section of pipeline located in the field, the distance to the nearest settlement - about 1 km. "According to witnesses,...
  • Canadian TV Anchor Confronts Hillary Over Evading Questions on Keystone (VIDEO)

    06/17/2014 6:49:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 17 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    A Canadian TV anchor called out Hillary Clinton for refusing to answer his question about the Keystone pipeline during an interview. “Keystone, yes or no?” the anchor asked Clinton. “Well I can’t say that, because I was there,” Clinton began to reply. “I don’t understand that,” the anchor interjected, “you can talk about so many other things, why can’t you talk about that?” Clinton continued to evade the question, saying, “Because that was a decision that rests with the secretary of state, and my successor is going to have to make that decision one way or the other and so...
  • Hillary Clinton weighs in on Keystone XL pipeline

    06/17/2014 5:00:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | June 16, 2014 | Rob Gillies
    The pipeline is critical to Canada, which needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. Alberta has the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves. “I did not see it nor should it be a proxy for the relationship. It is, after all, one pipeline. We already have a lot of pipelines that cross our border,” Clinton said
  • Russia’s Gazprom cuts gas to Ukraine in a new phase of their conflict

    06/16/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | MICHAEL BIRNBAUM AND CAROL MORELLO
    Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday, a move that will inflict immediate pain on its turbulent neighbor and could eventually affect other gas-dependent European nations. The cutoff intensifies pressure on Ukraine, which is contending with an increasingly violent pro-Russian insurgency in its east and with economic challenges that were crippling even before the upheaval sparked by the ouster of Kremlin-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych in February. And if the gas flow is halted for a long time, winter stockpiles across Europe could be depleted, causing problems across the continent, particularly in eastern European countries that depend solely on...
  • Russia Halts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

    06/16/2014 5:24:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 16 2014 | Tyler Durden
    After weeks of worthless foreplay whose outcome was known from the beginning despite just as worthless EU middleman Oettinger assuring everyone a deal was imminent any second now, overnight we got the long-anticipated mutual defection outcome and - as we warned - negotiations between Gazprom and Ukraine/EU fell apart with the Russian energy giant halting supplies to Ukraine unless Kiev prepays any and all gas deliveries from now on. Gazprom said it hadn't received payment for a debt it put at $4.458 billion by the Monday deadline it had set. "Ukraine will receive gas only in the amounts it has...
  • Russia to stop gas to Ukraine, rejects EU proposal

    06/16/2014 1:58:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.06.14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Russian firm Gazprom is stopping gas supplies to Ukraine after talks on a new price broke down in the small hours of Monday (16 June). It said in a statement published at 10 am Moscow time—its deadline for Ukraine to pay almost $2 billion of old debt—that it is switching to “prepayment for gas supplies … Starting today, the Ukrainian company will only get the Russian gas it has paid for”. It added that Ukraine has not made prepayments for June. The situation does not mean immediate shortages for Ukraine or for EU countries which get Russian gas via Ukraine,...
  • Kill Keystone Pipeline And You Kill Americans

    06/11/2014 5:22:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Energy: As a big Dem donor talks of pipeline terrorism, new federal reports warn that killing Keystone XL will overburden rail transport of oil and result in more frequent and deadlier environmental disasters. Environmentalists who claim that the Keystone pipeline from Canada represents an unprecedented environmental threat ignore that the pipeline would pose no greater danger than the more than 50,000 existing miles of safely operating pipeline already crisscrossing the U.S. They also ignore the very real and growing environmental danger in the only viable alternate for transporting oil — by rail. Keystone would not only carry oil from Canada...
  • Tom Steyer group’s latest Keystone XL attack: Pipeline would be too vulnerable to terrorist attacks

    06/10/2014 1:37:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Hedge fund billionaire and rapturous eco-crusader Tom Steyer has fronted a lot of ridiculous attempts to not only thwart the construction of the already-existing Keystone pipeline’s northern extension, which would merely give Canada’s oil sands an efficient connection to our refineries in the Gulf, but to smear everything about the fossil fuel industry, the technology it employs, and the global free market in which it operates. The absurdly worded poll that his NextGen Climate Action group commissioned earlier this year, claiming that the “majority of U.S. voters want to know where the crude oil transported through the Keystone XL...
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Just One Of Canada's Oil Export Options...Not Even The Most Important

    06/10/2014 5:04:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 06 2014 | Meagan Clark
    Full Title: The Keystone Pipeline Is Just One Of Canada's Oil Export Options, And Maybe Not Even The Most Important As the U.S. debates whether to relax a decades-old ban on oil exports and a political battle in the U.S. delays and threatens to reject Canada’s plans to ship oil south through the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada is looking to export significant amounts of oil overseas. The oil shale boom in the U.S. has shrunk American demand for oil imports as Canada’s rich oil sands continue producing oil, leaving the country with too much oil and not enough buyers. About...
  • Bulgaria halts work on gas pipeline

    06/08/2014 6:02:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    Bulgaria's prime minister has ordered a halt to construction work on the Gazprom-led South Stream pipeline project. Plamen Oresharski said after meeting US Senators John McCain, Christopher Murphy and Ron Johnson that he has ordered all work on the disputed project to continue only after consultations with Brussels. Last week, the European Commission opened an infringement procedure against the Balkan country and asked construction work to be stopped, arguing that Bulgaria had not respected EU internal market rules covering the award of public contracts. The stand-off over Ukraine has forced the 28-nation EU into a sudden rethink of its energy...
  • Will Russia-China Gas Deal Really Change Global Gas Market?

    05/27/2014 11:06:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 5/27/14 | Allen Brooks
    Last week as part of a high-profile visit to Shanghai, China and before the start of the equally high-profile St. Petersburg Economic Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw the agreement of a 30-year deal for natural gas supply from Russia to China. The announcement of an agreement to the terms of this deal, which has reportedly been negotiated off and on for nearly a decade, set off shock-waves within the global natural gas market and sparked U.S. politicians' calls for speedier approval of the backlog of liquefied natural gas (LNG)export terminal projects. These faster approvals...
  • Natural-gas rigs are stopping production because of a shortage of pipeline capacity

    05/27/2014 10:35:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    This doesn’t directly have anything to do with the Keystone XL pipeline per se, but it does once again highlight just how dumb that entirely trumped-up and drawn-out debate really is. America already has a network of more than two million miles worth of pipeline sprawling across the United States, but because of the recent oil-and-gas production boom brought on by technological innovations in fracking, we still need millions more as well as a whole slew of existing infrastructure updates. Without more pipelines, we’ll be working underneath entirely self-imposed restrictions on our production capacity — a phenomenon that’s already...
  • MARK UDALL’s PRICE TAG: Left-Wing Extremist Millions Causes Udall To Sell Out Coloradans

    05/23/2014 12:33:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 23, 2014
    We now know how much Sen. Mark Udall was willing to sell Colorado out for- $15 million (give or take). The eco-extremist Tom Steyer is hoping to have a $100 million dollars to spend in just seven races this election cycle. That means if Steyer distributes his hoped for funds evenly, it only took less than $15 million dollars for Udall to choose a San Francisco eco-extremist’s wishes over what is best for Colorado ... Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is nothing but an extremist issue pushed by those on the margins of the Democratic Party. The chance to...
  • Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm: Bakken oil threatened by safety missteps

    05/23/2014 3:14:34 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 9 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 5/23/14 | James MacPherson
    AP Content - Excerpt only BISMARCK, N.D. — The godfather of North Dakota’s present oil bonanza predicted the state’s crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade’s end, but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.
  • Unions raise heat on Senate to approve Keystone XL

    05/21/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015. In a letter to senators today, five unions, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute say the bill is essential to free the pipeline from “political limbo.” “After nearly six years of countless polls and five exhaustive federal reviews stating the pipeline is safe to build and will create thousands of jobs, we have unfortunately seen political rhetoric and gamesmanship take precedence over policy and leadership,” the groups say. The...
  • The Obama Coalition Is About to Come Apart

    05/17/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.16.14 | William Tucker
    He owes it all to the Keystone Kops of the leisure class. For the past decade the Democrats have managed to defy gravity by bolting together an unlikely coalition of the richest and poorest Americans. It’s no secret. Ever since President Bush’s re-election in 2004, the pattern has been clear. People making above $100,000 and below $40,000 vote Democratic. The people in the middle vote Republican. But now that top-bottom coalition is about to come apart, or lose its majority status at least. And the issue will be one that may loom larger than the debacle of Obamacare — the...
  • Polis Puts Udall, Dems in Bind with Anti-Fracking Initiatives ( Colorado )

    05/17/2014 5:56:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | May 16, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Rep. Jared Polis’s decision to sponsor a barrelful of anti-fracking initiatives is threatening to make a tough election year even rougher for Colorado Democrats, starting with Sen. Mark Udall. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is attempting to broker a deal that would persuade Polis to pull his proposed anti-fracking initiatives, but if the governor can’t get it done, every Democratic candidate will face pressure to take a stand this year on an issue that has badly divided the state party. That starts with the Democrat Udall, who’s already under fire for refusing to stake out a position on whether to construct...
  • Putin Ally Praises German Foreign Minister's Ukraine Stance

    05/16/2014 11:10:49 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    wsj.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Andrea Thomas
    BERLIN--A close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin praised German diplomacy on Thursday while railing against the U.S. in the latest effort by Moscow to highlight western divisions over the Ukraine crisis. Vladimir Yakunin, president of the Russian Railways and one of the Russian officials on the U.S. sanctions list, lavished praise on Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, who visited Ukraine this week to endorse the government's planned dialogue with its critics at home. "I know Mr. Steinmeier a little bit myself. I know he is very balanced and a very objective politician," Mr. Yakunin told reporters. "To my mind,...
  • Slovak PM: Russia says gas to Europe will stop if Kiev does not pay

    05/15/2014 9:31:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 5-15-2014 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed multiple European states that Moscow will not supply gas to Europe through Ukraine as of June 1 if Kiev does not pay its bills, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday. Fico, speaking to reporters after meeting NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the most pressing threat facing Slovakia was the question of deliveries from Russia that pass through Ukraine. "Today, multiple member states including Slovakia were informed by President Putin that as of June 1, if Ukraine does not pay for supplied gas, it will not be supplied to the European...
  • No laughing matter: Hillary to be haunted in 2016 by Benghazi, failed Russia reset

    05/15/2014 9:02:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Hillary Rodham Clinton brings a quarter-century of public service to her potential presidential campaign, but it’s her most recent job as secretary of state for President Obama — overseeing relations with Russia, handling the terrorist attack in Benghazi and negotiating over the war on terrorism — that could come back to haunt her. Many of Mr. Obama’s current political problems also could affect Mrs. Clinton, including the handling of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the decision not to slap the terrorist label on Boko Haram, a group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls last month. Even the Keystone XL...
  • Stopping Keystone Ensures More Railroad Tank-Car Spills

    05/14/2014 2:14:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/14/2014 | Terry L. Anderson
    The Keystone XL Pipeline got another nail in its coffin Monday, in the form of a Senate energy vote that excluded the pipeline issue. But Keystone was already near death thanks to the Obama's administration's recent decision to ignore the evidence of a definitive government study—and instead keep listening to environmentalists' dubious claims. The upshot will be more political fires in Washington caused by train derailments in the absence of a pipeline to transport oil more safely. After the derailment in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on April 30, approximately 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil burned or spilled into the James...
  • Effort to Approve Keystone Collapases in Senate

    05/12/2014 4:18:02 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | May 12, 201 | Fred Barrett
    A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election. A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.
  • B.C. city Burnaby warns Kinder Morgan it could withold emergency services during pipeline disaster

    05/13/2014 5:42:16 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies
    FinancialPost ^ | 12 May 2014 | Jeff Lewis
    The B.C. City of Burnaby is threatening to withhold emergency services in the event of an oil spill, in the latest sign of municipal furor over Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Vancouver suburb is home to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge dock, making it the staging ground for a potential three-fold increase in oil sales to markets in Asia and along the U.S. West Coast. The Houston-based company’s Canadian unit has applied to nearly triple capacity on the Pacific-bound pipeline to 890,000 barrels a day, potentially opening vast new markets and raising prices for Alberta’s landlocked oil. Municipalities have...
  • Keystone XL: A stalled pipeline keeps pumping cash into Washington, D.C.

    05/12/2014 10:52:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 9, 2014 | ALEXANDER PANETTA
    The Keystone XL pipeline may be stalled, but it's pumping a steady flow of cash into Washington — where inertia is a multibillion-dollar industry. The pipeline debate has become a money-making machine for lobbyists, advertisers, NGOs and political fundraisers in the U.S. capital, where tens of millions of dollars are being spent on the issue. The spending deluge will continue indefinitely, thanks to the two latest non-developments: the Obama administration has delayed a decision on the pipeline, and a congressional effort to speed up the process appears to have collapsed this week. The Washington insider news outlet, Politico, described the...
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Quickly Becoming Obsolete

    05/07/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/07/2014 | Rob Wile
    Canadian oil prices are now just $18 below the price of U.S. crude thanks to a series of new U.S. pipelines, The Wall Street Journal reported this morning. This means the Keystone XL Pipeline is already obsolete. "Higher oil prices in Canada ... are a sign that oil-sands crude is finding its way to the U.S. even without the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline," Journal reporters Nicole Friedman and Chester Dawson said. "The resurgence in Canadian oil prices and energy stocks is further confirmation that the transportation problems that have prevented both Canada and the U.S. from enjoying...
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Ruining Mark Udall's Week

    05/06/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jason Plautz
    Mark Udall, D-Colo., is facing calls on both sides to clarify his position on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline wouldn't run through Colorado, but it's about to take center stage in the state's politics. The Senate is near certain to vote this week on legislation that would approve the oil-sands pipeline, and that's leaving Sen. Mark Udall—a Democrat facing a tough reelection challenge—with an unenviable choice to make. If Udall votes yes, he'll anger a liberal base that has put blocking the pipeline at the head of its environmental charge. But if he votes no, his opponent...
  • Obama's Phony Ambivalence on Keystone

    05/06/2014 1:55:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Don't trouble yourself trying to figure out whether President Obama is more political than ideological. He's an expert at straddling both and getting his way without compromise. Analysts have long debated whether partisan Obama would prevail over ideological Obama in his decision to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline, but in the end, it may be a false choice, as both could win under the overarching dominance of Saul Alinsky-Obama. Keystone XL is intended to carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists have long opposed construction of the pipeline, arguing it would do...
  • Russia stops diesel shipments via pipeline to Ukraine, Hungary

    05/05/2014 11:36:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-5-2014 | Vladimir Soldatkin
    * Pipeline meets about a third of Ukraine diesel demand * Hungary received 815,000 t diesel via pipeline in 2013 (Adds detail) Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft stopped diesel shipments to Ukraine and Hungary last month due to uncertainties over the pipe's ownership, a company spokesman said on Monday. The pipeline crosses Belarus and Ukraine and is the only one carrying Russian oil products to Hungary. Flows via the pipeline, which was built in Soviet times and meets around a third of Ukraine's diesel demand, have been suspended as violence in Ukraine plunge East-West relations to their lowest since the Cold...
  • Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy?

    05/05/2014 6:42:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5/4/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The D.C. metro was plastered last month with ads by GoWithCanada.ca, promoting the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline originating in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. Described as “America’s best energy partner,” Canada provides United States refineries every day with 2.4 million barrels of crude oil, more than Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined. The ads explained that “80% of Canada’s oil sands production capacity is owned by North American companies.”
  • Senate Moves To Bypass Obama, Approve Keystone Pipeline

    05/05/2014 5:37:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 5/5/2014 | Richard Berkow
    The vote to authorize immediate construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline may come to a crucial head next week, as two Senators introduced a bill on Thursday calling for binding legislation.
  • While Democrats Fundraise Off Keystone Delay, Americans Lay 10,000 Miles of Pipeline

    05/01/2014 5:50:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/30/2014 | Chris Prandoni
    On Good Friday the White House announced the administration was indefinitely delaying a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline, the construction project that will bring crude oil from Alberta, Canada to American refiners in Oklahoma and Texas. It has been more than 2000 days since TransCanada TRP -0.41% first submitted its paperwork to build Keystone. Since then, America has laid 10,000 miles of pipeline, over 4,000 miles of which transport crude oil. While this number may seem shocking given the hyperbolic debate surrounding Keystone, America is literally covered in pipelines. 185,000 miles of onshore and offshore petroleum pipelines and 320,000...