Pipeline builder Enbridge Inc. is investing nearly $4 billion in a new round of construction that will increase the flow of Canadian oil sands crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Enbridge, Canada's largest transporter of crude, said Tuesday it will expand its Flanagan South Pipeline from Flanagan, Illinois to Cushing, Oklahoma to a 36-inch (.9-meter) diameter line with a capacity of 585,000 barrels per day.
As President Barack Obama pushes to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma south to the Gulf Coast, an American Indian tribe that calls the oil hub home worries the route might disrupt sacred sites holding the unmarked graves of their ancestors, The Associated Press reports.
TransCanada officials tell Bloomberg that the timetable for the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, being given expedited treatment by President Obama, already is on track to start construction as early as June and so the new urgency will not speed things up.
Gallup discloses the latest poll on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas: 57 percent of Americans say they favor approval of the project, while 29 percent said they are opposed, The Hill reports.
Canadian proponents of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline applauded Barack Obama's directive on Thursday to expedite the approval process for the southern leg of the pipeline. They also urged the U.S. president to approve the northern leg.
Obama directed federal agencies to expedite a 485-mile (780-kilometer) line from Oklahoma to refineries on Texas' Gulf Coast that would remove a critical bottleneck in the U.S. oil transportation system, backing a segment of the larger Keystone XL project that he rejected earlier this year.
Backers of a proposal for a new Alaska pipeline to carry natural gas to the state's south coast to a new liquefaction plant hold out hope for a return to the state's boom times, the Financial Times reports.
An administration official tells USA Today that President Obama on Thursday will call for a fast-track construction of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which unlike the northern portion that he blocked can go ahead without federal approval
A proposed natural gas pipeline opposed by groups in New York and New Jersey has won the endorsement of staff from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which must decide on the $850 million project, The New York Times reports.
Launching personal attacks on environmental activists and celebrity supporters should be part of the oil and gas industry strategy if it wants to fight for expanded drilling, according to advice from consultant Richard Berman as he drums up support for his "Big Green Radicals" PR campaign, The New York Times reports.
The re-election contest for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is attracting last-minute money -- including some from the American Future Fund for an ad extolling his support for the Keystone XL pipeline -- as polling indicates his race against Democrat Paul Clements is a tight one, The Hill reports.
In an effort to maintain Democratic control of the Senate, environmental groups are supporting some backers of the Keystone XL pipeline –- like Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina -– as well as fracking supporter Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Word that OPEC has boosted its crude output to a 14-month high sent oil prices plunging again early Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery dropped 1 percent, or 81 cents, to $80.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was down 93 cents to $85.31, Bloomberg reports.
A tentative settlement Cheniere Energy has reached with shareholders over lawsuits would block executives from receiving shares authorized in February 2013 but not paid out, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.
Robert MacLean –- now a solar power consultant after he was fired by the Department of Homeland Security for leaking information about the air marshal program -– says many federal employees, including those in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy and Interior, could be affected by the outcome of his lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court, E&E reports.
The capacity market and infrastructure improvements will be the topics of discussion at a conference between New York officials and representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nov. 5, Reuters reports.