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  • Keystone XL pipeline will not be completed this year, U.S. agencies told

    04/19/2014 1:04:46 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 22 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | April 18, 2014 | Alexander Panetta
    ...The announcement made it clear that Canadian pipeline backers will not get the answer they wanted in time for the summer construction season, pushing completion of the project until 2015 — at best. The State Department said it needs more time to prepare its recommendation to the president because the pipeline route is mired in uncertainty. A legal dispute is underway in Nebraska over the route and it is unlikely to be resolved before next year.... Speculation had been rampant about whether the Obama administration might try to punt the politically sensitive decision until after this year’s midterms. That’s because...
  • Obama administration extends review period for Keystone XL oil pipeline

    04/18/2014 11:46:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 18, 2014
    The Obama administration has extended a key review period for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Fox News has learned, potentially pushing off a decision until after the midterm elections.
  • Jimmy Carter wants Obama to reject Keystone XL

    04/17/2014 10:33:41 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 41 replies
    United Liberty ^ | 04/17/2014 | Jason Pye
    The man who oversaw an energy crisis has come out strongly against the Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter with other Nobel laureates, former President Jimmy Carter urged President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the pipeline, claiming that allowing the project to move forward would worsen climate change.
  • Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

    04/17/2014 1:07:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Russia is rolling out two major projects—a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port—with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions. Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Wednesday (16 April) that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline and the Chinese construction of a 25-meter-deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Describing the pipeline as a “mega-project”, he said it will pump 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year from the Kovykta and Tchayandinskoe gas fields to Russia’s far east, with a branch...
  • Eleven Democrats Push Obama to Approve Keystone

    04/16/2014 7:30:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 10, 2014 | AMY HARDER
    Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month. Most Republicans support the pipeline, but the 11 Democrats who wrote a letter to Mr. Obama urging him to approve the project deliberately made it a one party-effort. While a set of bipartisan signatures can be a powerful thing in the art of Washington letter-writing, these lawmakers clearly want to accentuate the pressure Mr. Obama faces from his own party on this issue. “It’s...
  • Eleven Senate Democrats making a fresh push for a deadline on the Keystone XL pipeline

    04/10/2014 5:05:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    If, as he hinted not too long ago, President Obama really is planning on approving the Keystone XL pipeline before this November’s elections, he apparently has yet to let Senate Democrats in on that little secret (or, maybe he has, and they’re taking the opportunity to starkly differentiate themselves from him and his politically toxic policies regardless), but either way: For all of the raging against supposed Congressional obstructionism and gridlock that the White House does, Keystone XL is so beyond bipartisan it’s just stupid. Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President...
  • General Electric funneling billions into new energy infrastructure

    04/09/2014 8:28:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 9, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    A natural gas pipeline stretching 435 miles across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is just one piece of General Electric’s multibillion-dollar bid to shore up energy infrastructure in North America, where an oil and gas boom has drawn a wave of investments to new pipelines. GE’s energy investing arm has more than $3 billion tied up in 43,500 miles of pipeline, the largest U.S. liquefied natural gas export facility and other energy transportation and storage ventures. But it has started to shift its attention to early-stage ventures as U.S. and Canadian pipeline operators collect billions for new projects that link remote shale...
  • When will Obama make call on Keystone?

    04/07/2014 1:34:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 7 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    Like a blockbuster movie that never quite arrives, President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline has been “coming soon” for years. He has been weighing whether the project should be built since he first entered the Oval Office, and rationalizations for further delay are thin on the ground. After a February White House meeting between Obama and a number of governors, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) told reporters that Obama had said he expected to make a call “in a couple of months.” But the White House has not even acknowledged that such a suggestion was made, let...
  • Putin Wants Crimea's Oil and Gas Rights (Yep, It's all about the Oil)

    03/20/2014 5:24:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/20/14 | c street
    Russian President Vladimir Putin was all smiles as he signed the annexation treaty between Crimea and the Russian Federation on March 18th that will allow the Crimea to be absorbed by Russia. In a speech to the Russian Duma, Putin congratulated the 82% of Crimea citizens voting by a 96% majority to secede from the Ukraine. But Putin’s Cheshire-Cat smile isn’t just about welcoming two million more countrymen. The day before, Crimea’s parliament nationalized Chornomornaftohaz and Ukrtransgaz, the two energy companies that control substantial offshore oil and gas reserves. Putin intends for Russia to make a profit on acquiring and...
  • Commentary: Russia and the Ukraine — The Energy Angle

    03/20/2014 5:17:34 AM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | Amy Myers Jaffe | Amy Myers Jaffe
    Even with all the speculation and debate about Vladimir Putin’s nationalistic motives for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, there still seems to be room for more thoughtful consideration of the oil and gas aspects of the conflict. Putin may be a nationalist and he may primarily worry about Russia’s national cohesion and periphery but Russia is fundamentally a petro-state and it is important not to forget that fact in analyzing the thorny problem of the Ukraine. Russia relies heavily on oil and gas for its national budget and has been under pressure from the prospects of increased competition. So far,...
  • Insufficient pipelines hiked natural gas price in Northeast

    03/19/2014 7:18:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    WTVA ^ | 03/19/2014
    New England's electric grid operator says a lack of pipelines is driving the price up for natural gas, and hiked wholesale electricity prices in the region by 55 percent last year. ISO-New England said Tuesday that the average price of wholesale electric energy rose to $56.06 per megawatt hour, up from a historic low of $36.09 in 2012. Natural gas is the predominant fuel used to generate the region's electricity, amounting to about 46 percent of generation in 2013. Wholesale power prices tend to track the price of natural gas.
  • Pew Poll: Majority of Americans support Keystone XL, including Democrats

    03/19/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Yet another poll on the general public’s feelings on the Keystone XL pipeline, this one from Pew, is out today confirming pretty much everything we already knew about the beleaguered project: That the majority of Americans are cool with it, while the majority of the opposition is coming from out-of-touch wealthy liberals. Shocker. As the Obama administration deliberates over whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, the proposed pipeline continues to draw broad support from the public. Currently, 61% favor building the pipeline while 27% are opposed. These views have changed little over the past year.As previous...
  • US energy boom demands $641B in infrastructure, study finds

    03/19/2014 5:07:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Companies will need to invest $641 billion over the next two decades in pipelines, pumps and other infrastructure to keep up with the gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids flowing from U.S. fields, according to a study released Tuesday. The analysis, prepared by ICF International for two natural gas advocacy groups, predicts that $30 billion worth of new midstream infrastructure will be needed each year through 2035 — essentially triple the $10 billion in average annual investments over the past decade. “We’re in a heavy growth period right now, said Kevin Petak, an economist with ICF who authored the...
  • Keystone XL and the energy rush that could change America forever

    03/18/2014 5:09:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Grist ^ | 16 Mar 2014 | Tony Horwitz
    Meandering south from Cold Lake on small roads, I entered a new landscape. The boreal forest of northern Alberta gave way to rolling prairie, grain silos, and rural crossroads. The oil sands were now behind me — or rather, flowing beneath me. Every road had pipeline crossing signs or ditches for new lines alongside or piles of pipe sections waiting to be laid. All pipes led to the place I was headed: Hardisty, home to Canada’s largest oil depot and the site where the Keystone XL was slated to begin. LAt first glance, Hardisty, population 650, looked much like other...
  • Company overcomes major obstacles to complete lengthy interstate drill

    03/17/2014 4:35:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 14, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Louisiana-based horizontal driller Ranger Field Service lowers pipe for a 2.1-mile line that runs across the Texas-Louisiana border and under the Sabine River. Some are speculating that the drill is the longest horizontal length that has ever been drilled on land and under a river, one of the biggest obstacles Mother Nature can throw at a pipeline drill. - - - - A private drilling company in Louisiana said this week it has drilled a 2.1-mile horizontal length under the Sabine River and across the Texas-Louisiana border. The 11,065-foot span is raising speculation that it was the longest horizontal length...
  • House Democrats: We can’t build Keystone XL ’cause we need to keep 80% of our resources below ground

    03/14/2014 1:19:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    I can at least appreciate the semi-honesty about their real goals here. Via The Hill: A letter sent to Kerry on Friday, signed by 27 House Democrats, details what they said would be the climate impacts of approving the $5.4 billion project, which would run from oil sands in Alberta to Gulf refineries.“The math doesn’t add up. In order to meet our commitment to fight climate change, we need to keep at least 80 percent of carbon reserves below ground,” the letter, spearheaded by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Mike Quigley (Ill.), Rush Holt (N.J.) and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), states.“If the...
  • 16% of natural gas consumed in Europe flows through Ukraine

    03/14/2014 5:13:25 AM PDT · by thackney
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 14, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Europe, including all EU members plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, and the non-EU Balkan states, consumed 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2013. Russia supplied 30% (5.7 Tcf) of this volume, with a significant amount flowing through Ukraine. EIA estimates 16% (3.0 Tcf) of Europe's total natural gas imports passed through Ukraine's pipeline network, based on data reported by Gazprom and Eastern Bloc Energy. Two major pipeline systems carry Russian gas through Ukraine to Western Europe—the Bratstvo (Brotherhood) and Soyuz (Union) pipelines. The Bratstvo pipeline is Russia's largest pipeline to Europe. It crosses from Ukraine to Slovakia and...
  • Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

    03/13/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | March 13 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    During a hearing on the State Department’s 2015 budget, Ms. Landrieu, a Democrat who has been a strong pipeline proponent and faces a tough re-election fight this year, pressed Mr. Kerry to approve the project, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands and from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale Formation to Gulf Coast refineries. Ms. Landrieu, the new chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, said, “Canada is our closest, strongest trading partner,” and “a majority of American people” support Keystone. “It is hard for me to understand why there are still questions about whether building this pipeline is in our...
  • TransCanada Tries To Seize U.S. Land For Keystone Pipeline (Eminent Domain)

    03/10/2014 6:35:34 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02-24-2014 | James Conca
    On Wednesday, a Nebraska judge struck down a state law that would have allowed TransCanada to use the power of eminent domain to seize private land to help construct a short 300-mile segment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline between Cushing and Steele City, Nebraska. The law in question, LB 1161, allows Nebraska Governor David Heineman and TransCanada to avoid regulators in siting a crucial portion of the pipeline. Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy sided with three landowners who challenged the law, finding that regulatory power over industrial companies such as TransCanada must remain with agencies such as the...
  • New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans

    03/07/2014 12:12:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/07/2014 | By Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement
    Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The findings also show that the public thinks the massive project, which aims to ship 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta and the northern Great Plains to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will produce significant economic benefits. Eighty-five percent say the pipeline would create a significant number of jobs, with 62 percent saying they...
  • I'd vote 'yes' on Keystone pipeline: Warren Buffett

    03/06/2014 1:26:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/04/2014 | By: Matthew J. Belvedere
    The Keystone oil pipeline is good idea for the United States, Warren Buffett said Monday, even though it would take away some business from his Berkshire Hathaway rail subsidiary BNSF. The long-delayed leg from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska should be approved, the billionaire investor told CNBC. "I would vote 'yes,'" Buffett said in a "Squawk Box" interview, but added he has "no idea" if President Barack Obama will approve it. "I don't believe in the Keystone pipeline because of the jobs you'd make building it. You can build anything and create jobs," he said. "I just believe it's a useful...
  • Keystone: Decide Already -- Obama has “studied” the pipeline for five years.

    03/06/2014 11:54:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    Give Obama this: When he wants something, no one moves more quickly and decisively. From unilaterally rewriting Obamacare at least 18 times to bypassing Congress and implementing the DREAM Act’s immigration policies by fiat, Obama rules by decree. His executive orders recall the late Yul Brynner’s portrayal of Pharaoh Ramses II in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956). As the maximum leader of Egypt said: “So let it be written. So let it be done.” Now that’s leadership. “America does not stand still,” Obama likewise declared in his January 28 State of the Union address. “And neither will...
  • Ed Schultz: We’re gonna’ need some Vietnam-sized protests

    03/06/2014 10:51:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    if we’re gonna’ kill this Keystone XL pipeline I supported one month ago And I quote: “Based on safety I think the President should give this project the stamp of approval. Environmental groups obviously think differently. And so do the majority of people on the left. But this newsflash: We’re not getting out of the oil business in America. It runs our economy. Do we have climate change? Yes we do. But the construction of this pipeline does not mean we are going to consume more as a country. … So a brand-new pipeline, to me, makes sense.” That was...
  • TransCanada CEO responds to Keystone concerns: It's "rhetoric and nonsense"

    03/05/2014 8:17:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 1 replies
    "All of that is rhetoric and nonsense," says Girling, about the criticism. "As things sit right now we do have an approved route in Nebraska. ... seen as environmentally sound through five environmental reviews by the federal government and through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.... We'll eventually get through that process. It's just a matter of determining what is the legal process for us to have it reviewed."
  • Native Americans vow a last stand to block Keystone XL oil pipeline

    03/03/2014 1:09:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Rob Hotakainen,
    Faith Spotted Eagle figures that building a crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would bring little to Indian Country besides more crime and dirty water, but she doubts that Native Americans will ever be able to get the U.S. government to block the $7 billion project. “There is no way for Native people to say no — there never has been,” said Spotted Eagle, 65, a Yankton Sioux tribal elder from Lake Andes, S.D. “Our history has caused us not to be optimistic. . . . When you have capitalism, you have to have an underclass — and...
  • Hundreds of kids arrested at White House in Keystone Pipeline protest

    03/03/2014 1:07:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/03/2013 | Rick Moran
    About 300 people were arrested at the White House - most of them students - in a protest against approval of the Keystone pipeline.The reasons they oppose the project are so far out in left field, they aren't even in the ballpark. Politico: More than 300 anti-Keystone XL protesters were arrested Sunday afternoon outside the White House in the latest push by environmentalists to convince the Obama administration to reject the Canadian oil pipeline. The student-led protest, organized by XL Dissent, started with a rally at Georgetown University. The students marched from there to the White House — with a...
  • Keystone XL protesters arrested after strapping selves to White House fence

    03/02/2014 3:37:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Guardian ^ | 3/02/14
    Police on Sunday arrested around 200 people who strapped themselves to the White House fence to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The protesters were mostly college students who participated in a peaceful march that began at Georgetown University and ended outside the White House. The marchers chanted “climate justice now” and carried signs such as “don’t tarnish the Earth” in their efforts to convince President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline. They say it will contribute to global warming.
  • He Who Controls the Energy Controls the People

    03/02/2014 2:56:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | March 2, 2014 | Marita Noon
    Like many conflicts before it, the current battle brewing between Russia and Ukraine has a strong energy component. Russia has a history of using its energy supplies as a control mechanism—such as the 2006 and 2009 gas wars when it cut natural gas supplies in the midst of winter and left many European nations, which rely on Russian natural gas that is shipped through Ukraine, without energy. The supply disruptions were due to “disputes over politics, price, and late payments,” says the Washington Post. Back in November, before the current conflict erupted, Reuters reported: “Ukraine has for years been a...
  • Boxer warns Keystone will cause cancer

    02/26/2014 12:23:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 26, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to add a new element to the Keystone XL oil pipeline debate: its effects on health. The California Democrat claims negative health effects from the proposed pipeline's development were ignored by the State Department's environmental impact review. "The Environmental Impact Statement was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring human impacts of the pipeline," Boxer said Wednesday at a press conference held with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and anti-Keystone XL activists and environmentalists. She said Keystone will add pollutants to the air that will increase the likelihood of peopel getting cancer or heart disease. "I do...
  • How New England's dependence on natural gas is causing a pipeline traffic jam

    02/24/2014 5:18:11 AM PST · by thackney · 56 replies
    South Coast Today ^ | February 23, 2014 | Ariel Wittenberg
    Which would you rather do: heat your home, or turn on your lights? That's a choice made every day on New England's natural gas pipelines, and the answer is always the same. Heating homes is given priority. It's a decision that makes sense given the number of other fuels available to generate electricity — coal, oil, sun, wind, nuclear, are just a few. But it's also a decision that's costing New England more and more each winter, as using natural gas for home heating grows in popularity. The result is a traffic jam on the natural gas pipelines that puts...
  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state

    02/20/2014 4:52:12 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2014 | Associated Press contributed to this report
    A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a setback for the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route. Stacy agreed with opponents' arguments that a law passed in 2011 improperly allowed Heineman to give TransCanada eminent domain powers within the state. Stacy said the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities. Heineman said Wednesday that state...
  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law through which the state approved the Keystone XL route

    02/19/2014 6:45:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Because the Obama administration really needed another justification for their interminable dithering on the Keystone XL pipeline — not to mention the eco-radicals grasping at everything and anything they can to court the success of their counterproductive crusade.To review: Back in January of last year, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality finished their impact report on TransCanada’s amended proposal for the route the Keystone XL pipeline would take through their state (environmentalists had objected to an earlier version that would have routed the pipeline through the state’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region, and this new version proposed to curve around...
  • Nebraska judge strikes down legislature’s move allowing Keystone XL route

    02/19/2014 2:16:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 133 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2014 | By Lenny Bernstein
    A Nebraska judge ruled Wednesday that the state violated its constitution when it allowed the governor to approve the route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that could significantly delay the $5.3 billion project. District Court judge Stephanie F. Stacy blocked Gov. Dave Heineman (R) and other defendants “from taking any action on the governor’s January 22, 2013 approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline route,” such as allowing land to be acquired by eminent domain for the project. Stacy concluded that the state legislature’s decision to take the siting power away from its Public Service Commission and give...
  • Report: US Energy Secretary Favors Reducing Oil Shipped By Rail

    02/19/2014 10:30:50 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 19, 2014 | Reuters
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz supports reducing the amount of crude oil shipped by rail in favor of pipelines that are safer, cheaper and cleaner, Capital New York reported on Wednesday. "What we probably need is more of a pipeline infrastructure and to diminish the need for rail transport over time," he said in an interview published on the Capital New York website. He said the infrastructure is "not there" to handle the surge in North Dakota Bakken oil production from near zero to 1 million barrels per day (bpd). "Frankly, I think pipeline transport overall probably has overall a...
  • Enbridge:U.S. taking longer than expected to weigh Alberta Clipper expansion

    02/17/2014 1:27:04 PM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2014 | LAUREN KRUGEL
    Enbridge Inc. says the U.S. State Department is taking longer than expected to review an expansion to its Alberta Clipper pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin. But executives with the Calgary-based energy shipper say they're confident a green light will come in time to expand the line to 800,000 barrels per day by the middle of next year. Enbridge obtained a U.S. federal permit in 2009 before starting up the first phase of the line, which has 450,000 barrels per day of capacity, but the State Department says it needs to amend its environmental review before allowing the expansions to go...
  • Which Democrats Benefit From Keystone XL Pipeline Delays?

    02/17/2014 5:15:01 AM PST · by thackney · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox ^ | 2014/02/12 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Blast rocks NiSource Kentucky Columbia Gulf pipeline

    02/14/2014 12:31:20 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Reuters
    U.S. natural gas pipeline company NiSource Inc said it was investigating an explosion on its key Columbia Gulf Transmission interstate natural gas pipeline in Adair County, Kentucky that injured at least one person. The blast early Thursday morning engulfed and destroyed homes and cars, authorities said. The explosion and fire in Knifley, Kentucky, about 90 miles (145 km) south of Louisville, could be seen "just as plain as day" from Columbia, about 12 miles from the blaze, a local police officer said. Katherine Dupuis, a spokeswoman for NiSource, said the company was investigating the incident and would provide more details...
  • Democrats Who Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Own Shares in Competing Companies

    02/13/2014 10:12:31 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 12, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Entire town of Knifley, KY evacuated after gas line explosion

    02/13/2014 4:24:38 AM PST · by The Working Man · 7 replies
    WAVE News ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Joey Brown
    KNIFLEY, KY (WAVE) - The entire town of Knifley, Kentucky was evacuated early Thursday morning after a gas line explosion engulfed at least three houses, two barns and four automobiles in flames, which spread to a nearby wooded area. At least one person was injured. About 150 people live in the Adair County community. The explosion happened about 2 a.m. near Highways 551 and 71 in Knifley. The was no immediate word on the condition of the person who was taken to a hospital for treatment.
  • Cruz to GOP: Stop obsessing over Keystone XL

    02/11/2014 5:16:53 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 10, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Stop obsessing over Keystone XL. That’s one of the messages Sen. Ted Cruz delivered to conservatives at a major policy summit on Monday, as the freshman from Texas urged fellow GOP lawmakers to stop focusing so squarely on TransCanada Corp.’s proposed oil pipeline — and instead do more to unleash America’s energy potential. “As much as we need to approve the Keystone pipeline, we need to think far broader than that,” Cruz told the Heritage Action for America Conservative Policy Summit. “We need to do far more.” Cruz’s policy speech — his first major address on energy issues — marks...
  • State Dept. Finds No Environmental Objections Keystone XL Construction; Will Obama Approve it?

    02/07/2014 1:11:17 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-7-14 | Karla Jones
    On January 31, the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XS pipeline, concluding once again that its construction would have a net neutral effect on carbon emissions. The study also confirms that the pipeline itself would have little to no impact on Canadian oil sands extraction rates or on global oil consumption. Canada will continue to develop the oil sands and consumers will continue to buy oil for the foreseeable future with or without the Keystone XL. The relevant questions surrounding the pipeline’s construction are who will benefit from the development and transit of this...
  • Commentary: Keystone XL — the cost of politics and illusion

    02/07/2014 10:08:50 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 6, 2014 | William O'Keefe
    For over five years, the Obama Administration has delayed a decision on the Keystone pipeline because of alleged concerns about environmental impacts, especially climate change. The Administration’s non-decision process has been strongly supported by its activist environmental allies who have made extreme and unsupportable claims. Now, the truth comes out from the former Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, who finally admitted that the decision is “a political one, and one founded in science” and just yesterday by former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, who said that Keystone is a “win-win.” In spite of these admissions, environmental activists continue their...
  • Angering Environmentalists, AFL-CIO Pushes Fossil-Fuel Investment

    02/07/2014 9:00:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    In These Times ^ | February 4, 2014 | Cole Stangler
    The nation’s leading environmental groups are digging their heels in the sand by rejecting President Obama’s “all-of-the above” domestic energy strategy—which calls for pursuing renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but simultaneously expanding oil and gas production. But it appears the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, won’t be taking environmentalists’ side in this fight, despite moves toward labor-environmentalist cooperation in recent years. On a recent conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed two initiatives reviled by green groups: the Keystone XL pipeline and new natural gas export terminals. “There’s no environmental reason that [the pipeline] can’t...
  • (Exempt Mary) Landrieu eyed in anti-Keystone campaign

    02/06/2014 3:50:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/05/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is launching a new campaign against proponents of Keystone XL, and one possible target is Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.). Steyer's green group NextGen Climate Action posted a list of candidates who are strong advocates of the controversial TransCanada oil pipeline on its website, asking people to pick which one it should target for its Keystone XL television ad. NextGen Climate Action is lining up Landrieu, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) as potential targets. Also on the list is former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, who is...
  • Broad Coalition Backs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

    02/05/2014 10:44:11 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Associated Press via ABC ^ | February 4, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY
    An unusual coalition of lawmakers from both parties, labor and business leaders, veterans groups and Canada's ambassador to the United States joined forces Tuesday to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Five Democrats joined Republicans at a Capitol news conference to urge President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline following a State Department report last week that raised no major environmental objections. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project has lingered for more than five years and has become a symbol...
  • Free the Keystone XL Pipeline, Mr. President

    02/05/2014 10:22:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | February 5, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Welcome to the "year of action." In last week's State of the Union address, the president vowed to do whatever he must to help the economy, even if that means working around Congress: "What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more...
  • Environmentalists Do Billionaires' Bidding in Fight Against Keystone Pipeline

    02/05/2014 8:38:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- An environmentalist lies down alongside his fellow organic cucumber aficionados to block the construction of an oil pipeline and wakes up a member of a proxy army serving the billionaires who are fighting against America's economic and national security interests to line their own pockets. How did that happen? This phenomenon is on display in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline project, the cornerstone of Canada-U.S. energy independence, set to run from Alberta, Canada, into Nebraska, then ultimately to the Gulf Coast of Texas where it can be exported. None of this pleases environmental activists, whose actions...
  • State Dept.: Not Building Keystone Pipeline Could Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    02/04/2014 1:45:50 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 2/4/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth -- Not building the 875-mile Keystone XL Pipeline could result in the release of up to 42 percent more greenhouse gases than would be released by building it, according to the State Department. Not building the pipeline “is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the [Canadian] oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States,” the department noted in a long-awaited environmental report released January 31st. But the “No Build” option is likely to result in an increased number of oil spills, six more deaths annually, and up to...
  • Use That Pen To Approve Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs, Mr. President

    02/04/2014 9:03:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/04/2014
    The shovel-ready pipeline from Canada gets yet another clean bill of health as yet another State Department review says it will have negligible environmental impact, unlike the crude-carrying trains that are replacing it. President Obama promised in the State of the Union that 2014, his sixth year in office, would be a "year of action" on jobs, unlike the first five that saw the labor force participation rate sink to its lowest level in decades. In his weekly radio address on Jan. 18, he said he wanted "to work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like...
  • Pipeline Opponents’ Hopes Now Rest Largely on Kerry

    02/02/2014 1:13:14 AM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | SARAH WHEATON and CORAL DAVENPORT
    The final report largely echoed the conclusions in earlier reports that the pipeline would not affect greenhouse gas emissions. Pipeline opponents said they were now hanging their hopes on Mr. Kerry, who is expected to issue his conclusion on the pipeline in the coming months. An executive order signed by President George W. Bush gave the secretary of state the final say on cross-border pipeline projects. “I think the secretary has proven himself to be a lifelong advocate for tough action on climate, and we are cautiously confident that he will, along with the president, make the right decision,” said...