Keystone XL opponents Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., submitted comments to the State Department urging Secretary John Kerry to face up to “the reality of climate change” and reject the proposed project.
If the U.S. energy boom is to be sustainable, new technology will have to be brought into play to get more out of fracking wells, former Energy Department assistant secretary Charles McConnell told a Houston symposium, FuelFix reports.
Former President Jimmy Carter signed a letter with other Nobel laureates declaring the proposed pipeline would contribute to global “climate upheaval,” and should be rejected by the Obama administration, Bloomberg reports.
With rhetoric growing more heated ahead of Ukraine talks set for Thursday, oil prices were back on the rise. WTI increased 88 cents Wednesday in electronic trading on the Nymex to $104.63 a barrel, while in London Brent crude hit $110 a barrel midmorning local time, Reuters reports.
Recent finds of mildly radioactive oil filter socks have triggered concern and illustrates how authorities in North Dakota are having trouble handling some aspects of the shale drilling boom, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Texas Petro Index, monitoring the oil and gas industry in the state, hit a level in February not seen since 1980, according to the statistic’s creator, who said crude production for the month came to some 77.2 million barrels, FuelFix reports.
A day before arguments were due to be heard in court on the issue, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox handed over documents an environmental group had requested about the state’s decision to join in a protest over proposed fracking regulation on federal land, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to Enterprise Products Partners, which plans to build it, FuelFix reports.
With just over six months to go until November elections, a poll commissioned by The New York Times finds Senate incumbents vulnerable in four important Southern states, with Republicans having the edge but victory not out of reach for Democrats.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, in his well-publicized dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, has tapped into long-held Western resentment over extensive federal land ownership in the region, The New York Times reports.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
U.S. ethanol stocks last week gained 566,000 barrels to more than 16.5 million, a seven-week high, according to the Energy Information Administration, despite a slip in production that was anticipated as plants went offline for maintenance, Platts reports.
“Nobody knows” about Barack Obama’s thinking on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a White House spokesman tweeted Wednesday night, disputing a report in Rolling Stone that the president was likely to decide against the controversial project, National Journal reports.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.