TransCanada officials and Canada's top diplomat to the U.S. on Wednesday each challenged new greenhouse gas concerns surrounding the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, which were raised last week by the Environmental Protection Agency in comments to the State Department.
TransCanada's president Russ Girling filed a letter with the department questioning EPA's assertion that low oil prices should prompt a fresh estimate of the line's impact on oil sands carbon emissions -- which could further delay a final decision on the project.
Separately, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper made public its objections to EPA's stance via a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry from Canada's U.S. ambassador Gary Doer.
"One is left with the conclusion that there has been significant distortion and omission to arrive at EPA's conclusions," Doer wrote in the letter, dated Monday.
The showdown over the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama sees its next act unfold this week.
The GOP-led House plans on Wednesday to pass and send to his desk a bill approved by the Senate to authorize the $8 billion line from Canada, according to a schedule issued late Friday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
As the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline continues to drag on, project owner TransCanada will likely start moving oil by rail, CEO Russ Girling said in Toronto Wednesday, the Financial Post reports.
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday ramped up their calls for President Barack Obama to reject the $8 billion project, based on new Environmental Protection Agency criticism of the State Department's review of the line's contributions to climate change.
EPA said in comments published Tuesday on the department's final supplemental environmental impact statement that the crash in oil prices should prompt officials to revisit its conclusion that the project won't directly spur carbon-intensive Canadian oil sands crude.
After years of vocal support for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline and three weeks of debate on the Senate floor, Republicans on Thursday passed an approval bill with the help of moderate Democrats, setting the stage for a veto fight with President Barack Obama.
Senators voted 62-36 to approve the bill by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., a majority that included nine moderate Democrats who voted to approve the $8 billion Canadian project in November.
The Senate on Thursday voted 62-36 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline bill, ending three weeks of debate and setting up the first veto fight between the new Republican majority and President Barack Obama.
A group of nine Democrats joined Republicans to pass the measure, which must still be reconciled with a House version passed earlier this month.
The White House earlier in the day stood by its veto threat against the bill.
The Harrington sisters, living in southeastern Nebraska, are among landowners in the state who are fighting TransCanada and the Keystone XL pipeline to protect farms their family has run for generations, The New York Times reports.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have written to Centrus Energy Corp. and the firm’s new chief, Dan Poneman, asking to see correspondence between the two while Poneman was serving as deputy at the Department of Energy, The Hill reports.
Former Environmental Protection Agency lawyer Chet Thompson will step into the top slot next month at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, replacing Charles Drevna as chief of the refiners’ lobbying group, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should take a closer look at the herbicide glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s "Roundup", said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., after an arm of the World Health Organization found it is "probably carcinogenic", The Hill reports.
The decision over who pays for the massive costs of shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be reviewed now that a different member of the California Public Utilities Commission has been assigned the matter, NBC San Diego reports.