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  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    01/29/2015 2:40:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | January 29, 2015 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama's hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure.
  • Senate approves Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

    01/29/2015 1:40:30 PM PST · by what's up · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 29, 2014
    The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a looming veto showdown with the White House. The legislation passed on a 62-36 vote
  • BREAKING: Keystone filibuster fails; pipeline poised for approval

    01/29/2015 11:21:16 AM PST · by Din Maker · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29,2015
    The Keystone XL pipeline is closer than it’s ever been to approval after the Senate overcame a Democrat-led filibuster Thursday and was headed for a final passage vote later in the day — setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has promised a veto. Nine Democrats bucked Mr. Obama’s threat and voted with 53 Republicans to approve the pipeline, which has taken on a political significance far beyond the 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil that it is projected to carry if it ever gets built. It marks the first major legislation to clear the Senate...
  • The Senate just advanced the Keystone pipeline bill and will pass it later today

    01/29/2015 11:02:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 29, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Senate on Thursday took a major step toward passing legislation that would approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. After weeks of considering Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill, Republicans finally found enough Democrats to get over a procedural obstacle that required 60 votes. The Senate voted 62-35 in favor of ending debate on the bill, which will allow the Senate to pass the bill later in the day. The Senate will pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill Thursday afternoon, delivering a victory to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas.). Image: AP Photo/J. Scott...
  • LETTER: Do not support the Keystone Pipeline

    01/29/2015 7:52:55 AM PST · by Phillyred · 20 replies
    Springfield Sun ^ | Glenn Gawinowicz
    To the Editor: Congressmen Toomey, Casey and Meehan are touting the Keystone Pipeline (a pipe that would move dirty tar sands oil across the country from Canada to the Gulf Coast for export) as a jobs bill. But research shows that the Pipeline would only create mostly temporary jobs — around 3,000 jobs per month for about 12 to 18 months. And, after the Pipeline is completed, only around 35 to 50 permanent jobs will remain. As far as jobs bills go, that’s pretty anemic. Instead, our congressmen could create millions of good-paying, long-lasting American jobs (that can’t be outsourced)...
  • Kinder Morgan says Freedom Pipeline project is gaining refiner interest

    01/28/2015 7:05:42 PM PST · by shove_it · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | KRISTEN HAYS
    (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Inc's (KMI.N) proposed Freedom Pipeline, which would move West Texas crude oil to Southern California, is "getting more interest" from U.S. West Coast refiners, the head of the company's natural gas pipeline unit told analysts on Wednesday. Unit President Tom Martin said the company "may have a shot" at moving ahead with converting a natural gas pipeline to move crude and condensate to California "if we can get the refiners on board." The pipeline and logistics company first proposed the $2 billion project in 2012 but shelved it in May 2013 for lack of shipper interest....
  • Obama Visits Saudi King After Curbing Oil Expansion

    01/27/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Dailt ^ | January 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: While taking credit for increased oil and gas production on private and state lands, the president moves to put 12 million acres of the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. OPEC and the Saudis are smiling. Whoever's in charge of presidential optics these days fits the classic definition of the blind leading the blind. It's bad enough that President Obama doesn't have time to get to Paris for a global protest against terrorism after the Charlie Hebdo attack but can meet and greet the San Antonio Spurs. But then he privately slams an invitation by Congress to Israeli...
  • Mitch McConnell Did Something Last Night to Senate Dems That Has Them Furious

    01/23/2015 7:01:55 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 66 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Thursday left Democrats angry and sputtering on the Senate floor, as he used his new power as majority leader to brush off several Democratic amendments in an effort to speed up work on a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline. McConnell has so far made a point of allowing amendment votes, something Democrats barely allowed for the last few years. Earlier Thursday, McConnell boasted that the Senate had already held more amendment votes on the Keystone bill than Democrats allowed during all of 2014. “We’ve actually reached a milestone here that I think’s noteworthy for...
  • Senate’s marathon Keystone debate ends in anger

    01/23/2015 7:04:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Elena Schor
    The new, freewheeling Senate of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presided over an agitated debate on the Keystone XL pipeline that churned into Friday’s wee hours and ended with aggrieved Democrats crying Koch. Around midnight, a seemingly endless series of amendment votes and quorum calls shifted as McConnell moved to end debate on a bill that would yank President Barack Obama’s authority over the proposed oil pipeline — after quickly disposing of five Democratic amendments. Story Continued Below . . Blindsided Democrats accused the Kentucky Republican of shutting down a Senate that he had promised to run in a more open...
  • Senate tees up votes on Keystone XL, exports, climate

    01/20/2015 5:21:22 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 20, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The fate of the oil that flows through the Keystone XL pipeline and the source of the steel used to make it are set to be decided this week in the U.S. Senate. The chamber is expected to vote on as many as three amendments to GOP-backed legislation to authorize the TransCanada Corp. pipeline on Tuesday, with more than four dozen other possibilities on the horizon. Few are without controversy, and many are meant to send a message or put senators in a difficult spot, casting votes on such issues as protectionism, oil spills and climate change. The first three...
  • Potentially endangered bat could change pipeline project

    01/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    lacrosse tribune ^ | 1-19-15 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A potentially endangered species of bat could become a major obstacle to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to declare the northern long-eared bat an endangered species because the spread of the white-nosed syndrome disease has reduced its population. In that case, Enbridge could be forced to postpone its pipeline project or chose a different route. The current proposal would carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wisconsin and would run through the bats' habitat. Enbridge has already taken steps to avoid...
  • Enbridge, Enterprise deliver high-volume Canadian crude to the Houston area

    01/19/2015 8:36:44 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Canada-based Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) and Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) celebrated Jan. 16 the beginning of delivery of Canadian tar sands crude oil to the Houston area through a new pipeline system. While the Keystone XL pipeline remains mired in political debate, Enbridge and Enterprise on Dec. 21 delivered the first high-volume Canadian crude to Freeport, Texas through the newly completed Seaway Pipeline system twin loop and the new Flanagan South pipeline. The two pipeline systems connect in Cushing, Oklahoma, with the new Seaway loop delivering up to 450,000 barrels of oil a day of Canadian crude...
  • Beaumont event touts benefits of Keystone XL

    01/19/2015 5:02:28 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise via Fuel Fix ^ | January 16, 2015 | Eric Besson
    Despite an oversupply of crude oil that has halved trading prices and led the U.S. to consider lifting a 40-year-ban on crude exports, completing the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline remains a priority, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Friday in Beaumont. “We know that as global demand goes up, prices will go up,” Cornyn, R-Texas, said. “I think we ought to take advantage of the opportunity we’ve been given because great innovative drilling techniques devised in the United States and the great natural resources we have … help grow our economy and help keep America safe.” Cornyn delivered...
  • Mexico suffers gasoline shortages because of pipeline thefts

    01/18/2015 6:52:36 PM PST · by thackney · 39 replies
    Bakken.com ^ | January 13, 2015 | Associated Press
    Mexico’s state-owned oil company acknowledges that pipeline thefts have gotten so bad they’re causing gasoline shortages in some states. The Pemex oil company says thieves repeatedly drilled illegal taps into pipelines carrying gasoline from refineries to distribution centers in north-central Mexico.... Thieves drilled around 2,500 illegal taps in the first nine months of 2104, and stole more than $1 billion in fuel.
  • Ted Cruz causes headaches for Republican senators with repeal of oil export ban

    01/18/2015 9:22:47 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 18, 2015
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is apparently causing headaches for his fellow Republican senators once again by pushing what many consider a sensible policy at what some call an inopportune time, according to a Sunday story in the Washington Examiner. Instead of repealing Obamacare or curtailing immigration, Cruz is proposing an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline authorization bill that would lift the 39-year ban on crude oil exports. The question, which many Republican senators have, is this the right time and is Keystone XL the right vehicle?As has previously been the case, Cruz has the facts on his side. The...
  • Canada disses Obama, postpones meeting with U.S. over Keystone pipeline: report

    01/15/2015 11:12:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    The White House confirmed Thursday that Canada has postponed the North American Leaders Summit scheduled for next month but would not say whether tension over the Keystone XL oil pipeline is the reason. Canada, this year’s summit host, announced Thursday that the summit will be held later in 2015, though no exact date has been set. Some Canadian media outlets, such as the Toronto Sun, reported that the meeting was rescheduled because of President Obama’s continued indecision on Keystone, which...
  • The Keystone Catechism, Debate...demonstrated...ignorance of economics on the part of Obama.

    01/15/2015 7:27:41 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Nation Review ^ | JANUARY 14, 2015 | George Will
    Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta: It has made mincemeat of Barack Obama’s pose of thoughtfulness. It has demonstrated that he lacks even a rudimentary understanding of the most basic economic realities. It has dramatized environmentalism’s descent into infantilism. Obama entered the presidency trailing clouds of intellectual self-regard. His carefully cultivated persona was...
  • Gazprom warns EU to link to Turkey pipeline or lose Russian gas

    01/14/2015 2:39:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/2015 | AFP
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's Gazprom giant on Wednesday urged the European Union to link up to its planned energy pipeline to Turkey or lose the gas that now transits Ukraine. Gazprom chief Alexei Miller reminded the new European Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic that the South Stream project to deliver gas to Europe through Ukraine has been scrapped. Hence, "the Turkish Stream is the only route along which 63 billion cubic metres of Russian gas can be supplied, which at present transit Ukraine. There are no other options," he said...
  • Slippery Truths: What The Data Says About The Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/13/2015 2:22:02 PM PST · by yoe · 8 replies
    Popular Science ^ | January 13, 2015 | Katie Peek
    After it was narrowly defeated last November, approval to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline has just passed in the Senate, and is expected to pass in the House of Representatives (by the end of next week). President Obama plans to veto the legislation, after which it will be sent back to both houses of Congress for another round of voting.The contentious 1,200-mile, 36-inch-wide steel pipeline would transport both heavy oil and bitumen—low-grade crudes that need extra refining before they can be made into products such as gasoline—from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipeline has...
  • McConnell threatens midnight session over Keystone XL pipeline

    01/13/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-13-15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is threatening to keep senators working until after midnight Tuesday to break Democratic opposition to moving ahead with approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. ADVERTISEMENT McConnell warned he would keep the Senate in session until the early morning if that’s what is necessary to begin consideration of amendments to the Keystone bill as soon as possible. “Some of our colleagues on the other side continue to filibuster the motion to proceed to this bill. All senators should know that we will get on this bill today and begin the amendment process — either this...
  • US Senate Takes Up Keystone XL Bill As Showdown With Obama Looms

    01/12/2015 1:50:30 PM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | January 12, 2015 | Reuters
    The Senate will start debate on Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as Republicans, who have made the project their first priority of the year, try to line up enough votes to overcome a potential veto by President Barack Obama. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, a co-sponsor of the bill to approve TransCanada Corp's pipeline, has about 63 supporters, including all 54 Republicans. That is four short of the 67 needed to overcome an Obama veto. The White House has said the president would reject the bill if it reaches his desk. Hoeven said...
  • Economic Recovery, Free Enterprise, and Keystone

    01/12/2015 5:36:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Star Parker
    Now that the U.S. economy is showing signs of life, President Obama is not wasting a moment to take credit for this recovery. “The steps we took nearly six years ago to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990’s,” he said in a recent speech. For sure we can expect the president to continue this message in his upcoming State of the Union address, as he works to rebuild his credibility, thinking toward his final two years in office and his place in history. And...
  • More than Six Years Later, Keystone XL Is Still a Good Idea

    01/12/2015 4:07:01 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 8, 2015 | Nicolas Loris
    It was 2008 when TransCanada initially filed an application with the U.S. government to construct the multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline to carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Illinois Senator Barack Obama had just secured the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. Hurricane Ike made landfall, Usain Bolt set world records at the summer Olympics, and the Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. More than six years and many significant historical events later, TransCanada still does not have approval to build an environmentally safe pipeline that would create jobs and...
  • Keystone XL pipeline decision back in Obama's lap

    01/10/2015 8:18:34 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | January 10, 2015 | By Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress and a state supreme court have thrown the political hot potato known as Keystone XL straight back onto President Barack Obama's lap. So loath is Obama to making a decision about the proposed oil pipeline that deliberations have entered their sixth year — a period nearly as long as Obama's time in office. He's blamed the seemingly endless delays on bureaucratic formalities and parochial issues in Nebraska, even when skeptics claimed that the politics of the next election were giving the president cold feet. Now the election is over, the Nebraska issue is resolved,...
  • HOUSE APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

    01/09/2015 10:59:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-9-15 | Cristina Marcos/ Laura Barron-Lopez
    The House on Friday passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline hours after a Nebraska court ruled in favor of the proposed route. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approves. The White House has warned President Obama would veto the legislation. Passage fell largely along party lines, 266-153, with 28 Democrats joining nearly all Republicans in favor. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted "present." That is short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The vote marked the 10th time the House has voted to authorize the...
  • API Chief: Obama's Claim on Keystone Pipeline 'Factually Incorrect'

    01/07/2015 9:58:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Video at link. (CNSNews.com) – Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, says President Barack Obama is “factually incorrect” to say that the Keystone XL Pipeline will not benefit Americans. At the press conference in Washington Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Gerard about Obama’s remarks in November about the pipeline, which, if approved, would transport crude oil from Canada and from two U.S. states to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, held a press conference with reporters on Jan. 6, 2015 following his annual State of American Energy speech in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny...
  • Obama will veto Keystone bill

    01/06/2015 11:41:01 AM PST · by thackney · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    President Barack Obama will veto the Keystone XL bill if Congress passes a measure green-lighting the oil pipeline, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced on Tuesday. Newly minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline project as the first of the new Congress. The bill has some bipartisan support, but environmentalists and progressives have heavily lobbied the White House to oppose the pipeline.... Earnest added that the White House reviewed the text of the bill to authorize the pipeline on Monday....
  • While Keystone XL debate flares, other pipelines quietly progress

    01/05/2015 10:41:53 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | 1/4/2015 | Rob Chaney
    Like a lot of other dramatic bluster coming south out of Canada this winter, the Keystone XL pipeline stands poised for its big approval fight this month. Advocates claim it will put Montana in the mix for North American energy independence. Opponents say it will allow the most polluting oil on the planet to contribute to global warming while putting water supplies at risk. The U.S. Senate fell one vote short of approving Keystone during its lame-duck session last month, even though President Barack Obama threatened to veto the measure. But what if it doesn’t matter? While the Keystone project...
  • Public hearings across all of Minnesota next week for Sandpiper oil pipeline

    01/02/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-30-14 | John Myers
    DULUTH, Minn. -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will take public testimony next week at five hearings across the state on the all-new Enbridge Energy Sandpiper pipeline set to run from Beaver Lodge, N.D., to Superior, Wis. This round of hearings is intended to focus primarily on the "need" for the new pipeline -- both Enbridge's need to serve their customers -- oil companies -- and whether Minnesota really needs another pipeline to carry oil that will mostly go to other states. Usually the commission and an administrative law judge also would hear testimony on possible routes for the proposed...
  • Alaska Pipeline Doom sayings Revisited

    01/01/2015 1:50:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies
    Media Research Center. ^ | 04.19.06 | R. Warren Anderson
    After the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, it didnt take long for environmentalists to cry gloom and doom and for the media to hype those claims. From caribou dying to earthquakes to all hell breaking loose, there was no shortage of catastrophic predictions though the Alaska pipeline now boasts great success roughly 30 years later.      Construction on the pipeline began in 1975, and oil first moved through it on June 20, 1977. Former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton summed up its success in 2003 that Today the pipeline produces 17 percent of our domestic petroleum. It...
  • How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal That Derailed

    12/30/2014 11:14:59 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 30 Dec 14 | JIM YARDLEY and JO BECKER
    SOFIA, Bulgaria — Barely two weeks after President Vladimir V. Putin annexed Crimea on one side of the Black Sea, he won a different prize on the other side. In Bulgaria’s Parliament, lawmakers gave initial passage to a bill clearing the way for a mammoth gas pipeline from Russia. The pipeline, known as South Stream, was Mr. Putin’s most important European project, a tool of economic and geopolitical power critical to twin goals: keeping Europe hooked on Russian gas, and further entrenching Russian influence in fragile former Soviet satellite states as part of a broader effort to undermine European unity....
  • The Pipeline and the Damage Done {Obama’s Keystone Kops routine}

    12/30/2014 5:41:33 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | JAN 5, 2015 | FRED BARNES
    For a symbolic issue, the Keystone pipeline has sure caused a lot of damage—to Canadian-American relations, to Democrats, to President Obama. And it feeds, underscores, or reflects a variety of political divisions, some of them quite bitter. I’ll get to Keystone’s victims shortly, but first the explanation of why the issue is purely symbolic. If the pipeline is built, it will carry oil from northern Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. If it is not built, the crude oil will be transported either to Canada’s west coast or to New Brunswick, a maritime province in the east, where it...
  • Oil spills into Black Sea near Russian port after pipeline leak

    12/24/2014 8:57:03 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | MAXIM NAZAROV AND GLEB GORODYANKIN
    A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused a spill in the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse on Wednesday where officials said stormy weather was hampering efforts to assess and respond to the mishap. "Some quantity of oil has spilled into the sea," Sergei Proskurin, first deputy captain of the port of Tuapse, told Reuters. He said the size of the spill was unclear and that emergencies services were working to deploy temporary floating barriers to contain the spill but were being delayed by the stormy conditions. Tuapse is a busy industrial and oil port but is...
  • Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal (More crap sandwich advice)

    12/19/2014 1:34:17 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/19/14 | Staff
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers. "There is very little impact - nominal impact - on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about," Obama told reporters during an end-of-year press conference. In his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date, Obama picked apart some of the most common arguments proponents have used to urge the president to approve it: that it would create jobs, lower domestic gasoline prices and...
  • TransCanada CEO says it's not easy, but oil business is 'resilient'

    12/19/2014 5:02:56 AM PST · by thackney
    CTV News ^ | December 18, 2014 | Lauren Krugel
    The CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says he doesn't see the oil industry's appetite for new pipelines faltering even though crude prices have skidded to the lowest point in more than five-years. In an interview in his downtown Calgary office, Russ Girling said he's seen ups and downs far more drastic over his career and expects the oilpatch will come out of the latest downturn in reasonably good shape. "There's a tremendous need to build irrespective of the price of the commodity right now," Girling said. "We're being pressed to get these facilities online as quickly as we possibly can."...
  • First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell

    12/17/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2014 | Staff
    The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments but there'll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process." Landrieu pushed for a Keystone vote in November in a last-ditch effort to...
  • Bulgaria picks up the pieces of cancelled Russian pipeline

    12/11/2014 10:57:14 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    Stand on the sea wall next to the port in Varna and you can see the bits and pieces of South Stream piled up in front of you. Hundreds of long black sections of piping - some on the dockside, and others still stacked on cargo ships. They were supposed to have been laid beneath the gloomy waters of the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine and bringing Russian gas directly to south-eastern Europe. But - suddenly and unilaterally - Vladimir Putin has declared the project dead. Gas, he said, will be sent to Turkey instead. "It's really not clear what's going...
  • Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

    12/09/2014 6:54:41 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    veterans news now ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from...
  • North Dakota to require every barrel of crude oil be filtered

    12/09/2014 1:33:41 PM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2014 | ERNEST SCHEYDER
    North Dakota is poised to impose the strictest oil standards in its history on Tuesday, requiring every barrel of crude to be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in an effort to make crude-by-rail transport safer. The new requirements come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of North Dakota's crude oil, which has been linked to a string of fiery crude-by-rail explosions, including one last year in Quebec that killed 47 people. Governor Jack Dalrymple and the two other members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) are taking the...
  • New & Improved: Kinder Morgan's Freedom Pipeline Project Is Back

    12/08/2014 11:07:54 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 12/6/2014 | William Fletcher
    Research firm Genscape says that after a year-and-a-half of delay, Kinder Morgan's Texas-to-California Freedom Pipeline project has been revived, with changes that the company hopes will attract shippers. The 250,000 bpd pipeline proposal was shelved in mid-2013 following its failure to receive enough interest from shippers, who said they wanted to transport oil by rail into California, rather than inking long-term pipeline contracts. However, many of these West Coast companies have confronted crude-by-rail permitting delays amid heightening environment impact scrutiny. But now the modified pipeline plan is much more attractive, Tom Dobson, project director of Kinder Morgan Pipelines, said during...
  • Phillips 66 boosts 2015 budget

    12/08/2014 5:14:06 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Dec 5, 2014 | Olivia Pulsinelli
    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) said Dec. 5 its capital budget for 2015 is $4.6 billion, up 18 percent from what it spent in 2014. Including spending for joint ventures DCP Midstream, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and WRB Refining, Phillips 66 expects its total capital program to be $6.8 billion next year. Last year, Phillips 66 announced its 2014 capital budget of $2.7 billion, not including joint ventures, in December and increased that to $3.9 billion in July. Here's a basic breakdown of the company's 2015 budget: Midstream:$3.16 billion, plus $550 million for its share of DCP's expenditures Chemicals:$1.45 billion for...
  • Oil spill said to be worst in Israel's history

    12/07/2014 12:08:31 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 4 Dec 2014 | Billie Frenkel
    The Environmental Protection Ministry called the oil spill from the Tran-Israel pipeline in southern Israel one of the worst pollution events in the history of Israel on Thursday and said the clean up will cause landscape damage and could take many months. ...
  • Has the environmental movement ever seen a collapse it didn’t want to be on the brink of?

    12/06/2014 12:16:51 PM PST · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 10 replies
    The National Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Rex Murphy
    The most important thing to understand about an environmental concern is that it is infinitely malleable. It has Play-Doh’s or putty’s wonderful power of accommodation, to take whatever shape, for the moment, might be called for. Because the environment is, by definition or tautology, everything that is around us — there will always be something “in” the environment on which to hang an objection, mount a protest or, as Samuel Johnson, ever elegant, put it, “to point a moral, or adorn a tale.”
  • Why the Keystone XL Pipeline Is Already Dead

    12/04/2014 6:17:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/04/2014 | Susan McGee
    The Keystone XL Pipeline project is almost certainly dead. No, not because a bill that would have finally given the go-ahead to begin construction fell one vote short in the lame duck Senate last month. Sure, that halted the legislative approval process in its tracks, but only until January, when a new Congress arrives and is sworn in. Republicans, who will have a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, have pledged to bring it back for another vote in the next session. The next vote may well bring a different result, but will the pipeline ever...
  • Mexico Thieves Stealing Billions in Oil, Gasoline from Country’s Pipelines

    12/02/2014 11:07:54 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 18 replies
    The State ^ | December 2, 2014 18:27 GMT | Tim Johnson
    HUIMANGUILLO, Mexico — The big-time gasoline thieves had already come and gone during the wee hours, filling their tanker trucks with stolen fuel and then fleeing. Then dawn broke, and word spread that a crime gang had again tapped into a gasoline pipeline, and it was spewing fuel into a ditch. At first, only a few farmers showed up, carrying plastic jerry cans. Then dozens. Then even more. All were eager to collect what spilled fuel they could. (...) Mexico is plagued by rampant energy theft. In the first eight months of this year, 7.5 million barrels went missing, a...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • Keith Ellison on Keystone XL Pipeline: Send it through Vancouver if it’s so great

    11/21/2014 7:06:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    One Democratic congressman is so opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline that he wouldn’t vote for it even if his party got a minimum-wage bump from Republicans in exchange. “I wouldn’t make that trade,” Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of a hypothetical raise to $9.50 per hour. Senate Democrats late Tuesday filibustered a measure to green-light the contentious oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, potentially dooming the chances of party colleague Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and underscoring the power of the pro-environment caucus. Republicans vowed to put President Obama’s veto pen to the...
  • Tribal head to speed North Dakota pipeline talks

    11/21/2014 5:26:48 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    The new leader of North Dakota’s oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota’s booming oil production has led to an unmanageable increase in the state’s output of natural gas, which is a byproduct of oil production. Oneok Inc., the biggest operator of natural gas pipelines and processing plants in North Dakota, wants to build a 20-mile-long pipeline to capture natural gas from oil wells in Dunn County and move it to an...
  • WaPo gives Obama three Pinocchios on Keystone

    11/20/2014 12:41:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    “Understand what this project is,” Barack Obama said earlier this week when pressed on why his administration continues to stall on the Keystone XL pipeline after almost six years of waiting for a decision. “It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else.”CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Understand what that was, Glenn Kessler responds today in a Washington Post fact check. It’s a three-Pinocchio lie based on an ignorant-at-best interpretation of a presentation slide from environmental activists. The refineries in...
  • No, the Kochs won't make $100 billion from the Keystone XL pipeline

    11/20/2014 11:21:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact.com PunditFact ^ | November 19, 2014 | Katie Sanders
    Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are stoking fear about the project by connecting it to two of the biggest bogeymen in politics: Charles and David Koch. The claim goes that the Koch brothers stand to make $100 billion if the pipeline gets built. The figure, which would effectively double the Kochs’ net worth, has bounced around liberal news organizations and was repeated this month by progressive radio talk show and TV host Thom Hartmann on his RT show. Take it with a block of salt, a PunditFact analysis finds.