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  • McConnell: Make me majority leader, I'll give you Keystone XL

    09/19/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Marking the sixth anniversary of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline's permit application, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teased voters with a preview of what a GOP-controlled Senate would do. "If American people give us the opportunity to be in a majority next year, I'll be setting the agenda," McConnell said. "It's easier to score if you're on offense, and the majority leader is offensive coordinator." He added: "If we have a new majority next year, and a new majority leader, the Keystone pipeline will be voted on on the floor of the Senate, something the current majority has been avoiding...
  • KEYSTONE PIPELINE COST EXPECTED TO DOUBLE, TRANSCANADA CEO SAYS

    09/19/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 5 replies
    MarketReports ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | WPENGINE
    WASHINGTON– TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive said the cost to build the Keystone XL pipeline, currently estimated at $5.4 billion, is expected to double by the time the U.S. government completes its review of the largest part of the project. Russ Girling, chief executive of the Calgary, Alberta,-based company, in an interview this week said he expects the project’s cost could increase to a “number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number.” He was hesitant to say the project’s cost could double. “I was actually trying to avoid saying those words,” Mr. Girling said. “Obviously, the...
  • Spectra Energy announces $3 billion New England project

    09/16/2014 10:34:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Spectra Energy Corp. announced a $3 billion expansion to its New England pipeline network which it says will help meet growing demand for natural gas in the region. The undertaking will allow Houston-based Spectra and its partners to deliver 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the area, the company said. The project will serve both gas-fired power plants as well as customers who use natural gas for heating. “This is another step in our commitment to improving power system reliability, reducing electric costs to make the region more economically competitive, and protecting New England’s quality of...
  • Why Farmers Need Keystone XL

    09/15/2014 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    It’s harvest time! But oil shipments out of the Bakken are causing dangerous and costly rail delays for farmers. The oil boom in the Northern Plains is a boon to the U.S. economy, creating thousands of jobs and increasing our supply of American energy. With nearly 3 million Americans out of work, the Bakken is like a pool of cool water in an arid desert. However, our railroads do not have the capacity to transport unprecedented levels of crude oil as well as the fall harvest. Farmers are understandably frustrated with the railroad companies, yet the railroad companies say they...
  • Oklahoma oil hub getting bigger with new pipelines

    09/15/2014 5:05:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    CUSHING, Okla.— New pipeline projects are expanding the size of an Oklahoma crude oil hub that is already one of the most important oil storage facilities in the world. One new pipeline is in operation at the hub in Cushing, another is almost complete and a new project was announced earlier this month when Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners revealed plans for the Grand Mesa Pipeline, a joint venture with Rimrock Midstream LLC, the Tulsa World reported Saturday. Grand Mesa, which will be open to oil producer commitments starting next week, will be a 550-mile system from Colorado to Cushing. Once...
  • Eastern Europe Braces for Energy Shortages as Russian Gas Flows Fall

    09/12/2014 5:20:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Sean Carney
    A fall in gas flows from Russia to two Eastern European countries this week has sent a chill through the region as it prepares for possible energy shortages this winter. Slovakia's gas distributor SPP said Thursday its daily gas intake from Russia fell 10% below contracted levels starting late Wednesday. Polish gas company PGNiG said its gas flows from Russia had fallen 45% below its contracted daily volumes by Thursday.
  • Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

    09/11/2014 12:43:07 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 11, 2014 | Michael Brick
    He went. He saw. He issued another news release. Making good on his vow to “see the situation first hand,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame. “South Texas pipelines are vulnerable,” announced Porter, whose agency regulates the state’s petroleum industry, “because the federal government has abdicated its most basic function to protect our borders.” Repeating an assertion that he made in an open letter last month to the federal Customs and Border Patrol agency, Porter said “his concerns stems...
  • Musings: After Hiatus, Keystone XL Pipeline Battle Resumed Friday

    09/09/2014 9:17:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    PPHB via Rig Zone ^ | September 09, 2014 | G. Allen Brooks
    In the chambers of the Nebraska Supreme Court in Omaha, a hearing was held Friday about the decision by Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie F. Stacy claiming that the law under which the state’s governor had approved the route of the Keystone XL pipeline was unconstitutional. The judge, in a case brought by three landowners, decided that LB1161, the law passed by the state’s legislature at the end of its session in 2011 that shifted the approval of the pipeline route from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to the governor, was unconstitutional, and as such the judge instituted a...
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • U.S. Natural-Gas Exports Fuel Mexican Manufacturing Boom

    09/08/2014 6:53:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 7, 2014 | ERIN AILWORTH
    The growing glut of U.S. natural gas is helping to power a manufacturing boom in Mexico. Natural-gas exports across the southern border have risen 11% so far this year, to two billion cubic feet a day, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics company based in Denver. And that flow of gas could double in the next few years, analysts say. Companies have announced plans for at least seven new pipelines to take gas across the border from Texas and Arizona, including one expected to start transporting fuel at the end of the month. The increasing flow of gas is easing...
  • Under Putin's gaze, Gazprom starts mega-pipeline to China

    09/08/2014 12:37:53 AM PDT · by RC one · 1 replies
    UK Reuters ^ | 9/1/14 | Vladimir Soldatkin
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday oversaw the start of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion (240.78 billion pounds) worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.The 4,000 km (2,500 mile) "Power of Siberia" pipeline, being built by state-controlled Gazprom (GAZP.MM), forms a key part of the Kremlin's energy strategy, symbolising Russia's attempts to wean itself off dependence on European markets that account for most of its exports."Just now, we along with our Chinese friends are starting the biggest construction project in the world," Putin told...
  • Vermont Gas Cleared To Work Near VELCO Lines [ pipeline ]

    09/04/2014 9:46:19 AM PDT · by george76
    Vermont Public Radio ^ | September 3, 2014 | Taylor Dobbs
    State regulators have cleared Vermont Gas Systems to install pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO). The company was temporarily forbidden to do work near the power lines over concerns that the chemical treatment used on utility poles would be disturbed by the work. ... Vermont Gas submitted the plan the day the Public Service Board ordered it, and after receiving comments on the plan, the board approved it on August 26. Work on the controversial pipeline is ongoing. Vermont Gas has filed for permission to go ahead with the next phase of the project,...
  • New Englanders Oppose Proposed Pipeline — And The Tariff To Pay For It

    09/04/2014 5:03:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Mint Press ^ | September 2, 2014 | Phil Zahodiakin
    A proposal to build a pipeline from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts by late 2018 is sparking concern among many property owners in the path of the pipe. But there’s a twist to this evolving story: a proposed surcharge added to electric bills that would force every ratepayer in New England to help pay for the interstate pipeline, which is expected to cost $2 billion to $6 billion. The route proposed for the pipeline’sMassachusetts segment runs through dense forests, wetlands and small towns in the northern tier of the state. Alternative routes, or modifications to the northern...
  • Dominion, Duke, Piedmont and AGL Form Joint Venture to Own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    09/02/2014 7:52:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Dominion News ^ | Sep 2, 2014 | Dominion News
    Full Title: Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources Form Joint Venture to Own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline - $4.5 billion-$5 billion pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to North Carolina and Virginia - 'Transformational' project provides growing Mid-Atlantic markets a new route for access to competitive, domestic energy supplies - Investment would create thousands of jobs, promote economic development and cleaner air, increase state and local tax revenue - Pipeline expected to be in service by late 2018, pending regulatory approvals Four major U.S. energy companies – Dominion (NYSE: D), Duke...
  • New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety

    08/28/2014 2:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    OIL PRICE ^ | 08/28/2014 | James Stafford
    Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable.Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust -- Russia has, too. The surge in North American oil and gas production is arguably the most important development in energy over the last decade. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that North America doesn’t have nearly enough oil and gas pipelines to accommodate its 11-million-barrel-a-day...
  • Shell sells some Nigerian onshore oil fields

    08/28/2014 5:26:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2014 | Ron Bousso and Tim Cocks
    Royal Dutch Shell said it had reached deals on some of the four Nigerian oil fields it has offered for sale as the oil major pushes ahead with divesting global assets to cut costs. Shell last year put up for sale its 30 percent shares in four oil blocks in the Niger Delta - Oil Mining Licences... - as well as a major pipeline, the Nembe Creek Trunk Line. "We have signed sales and purchase agreements for some of the oil mining leases, but not all that we are seeking to divest," a Shell spokesman said on Wednesday. In several...
  • Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

    08/26/2014 8:57:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 25, 2014 | RON NIXON
    FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. The backlog is only going to get worse, farmers said, as they prepared this week for what is expected to be a record crop of wheat and soybeans. “If we can’t get this stuff out soon, a lot of it is simply going to go on the ground...
  • Plains All American to build pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

    08/22/2014 5:11:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 21, 2014 | Vicki Vaughan
    Valero Energy Corp.’s Memphis, Tenn., refinery will begin receiving more low-cost domestic crude oil in two years as part of a plan by another company to build a pipeline to the plant. Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP said Thursday it plans to build a pipeline that would deliver as much as 200,000 barrels a day of crude oil to Valero’s Memphis plant when it’s completed in late 2016. The 440-mile, 20-inch pipeline will link Plains’ Cushing, Okla., terminal to Valero’s plant and cost an estimated $900 million. Locally based refiner Valero holds an option until January 2016 to buy...
  • Ukraine 'may cut Russia energy for Europe'

    08/14/2014 4:51:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 10, 2014 | DPA
    Ukraine has warned it might cut Russian oil and gas flows to Europe and ban Russian airlines from crossing its airspace, as Moscow criticised the country for suspending a ceasefire at the crash site of MH17. The measures are part of a sanctions bill targeting Russia that will be submitted to parliament, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in Kiev. Yatsenyuk explained it could include complete or partial bans on transit of all manner of resources, including energy resources and overflights. Ukraine is the key country for the transport of Russian oil and gas to Europe. Previous energy disputes have resulted...
  • Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

    08/13/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | Clay Masters
    Business is booming in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale oilfields. With that boom comes a need for infrastructure. More than half of the oil out of the Bakken leaves by train or truck. But companies are working on pipelines. One proposed pipeline would cut clear through the state of Iowa. A Texas company wants to build an 1,100 mile crude oil pipeline, from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast. In two years, the pipeline could be carrying up to 320,000 barrels a day, from the Bakken Shale Oil Fields, to Patoka Illinois, and from there, the oil would...
  • Ukraine Promises Smooth Russian Gas Transit to Europe

    08/12/2014 11:28:17 AM PDT · by thackney
    Rig Zone ^ | August 11, 2014 | Reuters
    kraine state gas grid Naftogaz said it would continue uninterrupted pumping of Russian gas exports to Europe through its territory even if Ukraine imposes its own sanctions on Russia. "Naftogaz affirms its readiness to continue smooth transit of natural gas to European consumers," Chief Executive Andriy Kobolev said in a statement on Monday. Ukraine Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said last week that parliament would debate sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, which could include bans on Russian gas and sanctions against Russian banks. Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June due to disagreements over pricing, but Russian gas transit through...
  • Ukraine may force changes in Russian gas transit to Europe.

    08/11/2014 6:48:17 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Pavel Polityuk
    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said European companies would have to agree on a major revision of gas contracts with Russia if Kiev imposes sanctions on Moscow and Gazprom, a measure that may lead to disruption in gas transit to Europe. Ukraine Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said last week that parliament would debate sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, which could include bans on Russian gas and sanctions against Russian banks. Ukraine gas grid Naftogaz said on Monday that the sanctions could limit or even exclude some companies from piping gas through the country, which would allow other firms to take over...
  • Does the Ukrainian Crisis Revolve Around This Pipeline?

    08/11/2014 9:11:33 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    whowhatwhy.com ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Sylvia Todorova
    Now that all eyes are on Ukraine and the potential of a bigger war looms, there’s never been a more important time to understand what is at stake. As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas are driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine. If you want to understand where the rubber meets the geopolitical road in the Ukraine war, you need to learn about the 1,480-mile South Stream...
  • Kinder Morgan to unite a house divided in $44 billion deal

    08/11/2014 5:27:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 10, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Houston billionaire Richard Kinder is fusing all the pieces of his fragmented pipeline empire into one company, Kinder Morgan Inc., in a $44 billion transaction that ranks among the largest in U.S. history. In a move that would end nearly two decades of delegating its main operations to subordinate firms, Houston-based Kinder Morgan said Sunday it is planning to buy out three companies it controls indirectly for $44 billion in cash and stock, bringing its network of North American pipelines and energy storage terminals under one corporate roof. It also will assume $27 billion in debt. Taken together, the three...
  • Permian’s Oil Surge Creates Need for Pipelines

    08/08/2014 4:22:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fox Business ^ | August 07, 2014 | Matthew Rocco
    With crude gushing from the Permian Basin, companies are ramping up efforts to build pipelines and better capitalize on the production surge. Drillers have been producing oil in the Permian for some eight decades. But in recent years, the Texas formation’s central region, which consists of the Delaware and Midland basins, became a hotbed for shale oil. The Permian is now the top oil-producing area in the U.S., accounting for 18% of the nation’s total output in 2013. Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, the Permian recorded production of 1.35 million barrels per day last year. The region...
  • Hick avoids taking position on pipeline ( Colorado )

    08/06/2014 8:33:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | August 06, 2014 | Peter Marcus
    Says he doesn’t want to upset powers in D.C. Gov. John Hickenlooper today told a room full of Western gas and oil executives that he hasn’t taken a position on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline because he hasn’t wanted to “piss off” the powers that be in Washington, D.C. “I’ve avoided taking a position (on the Keystone pipeline) because it’s just going to piss off a lot of people in Washington that I don’t need to piss off, and my opinion is not going to change anybody’s opinion there,” Hickenlooper said ... Hickenlooper’s opponent, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, criticized...
  • 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...