Canada's Enbridge Inc. is negotiating with Alaska to build a new natural gas pipeline along the North Slope, a potential challenger to a similar project proposed by TransCanada, The Wall Street Journal reports.
TORONTO (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn't be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.
Clinton gave a speech in Toronto to promote her new book before taking questions from Frank McKenna, Canada's former ambassador to the U.S. McKenna said the Obama administration's delayed decision on whether to approve the pipeline is source of tension and is increasingly viewed as a proxy for the relationship.
TransCanada may have taken issue with an AP report that linked new mandates to welding problems on the southern leg of its Keystone pipeline, but the company is promising to implement a number of additional measures in response to a third party engineering analysis of pipeline safety risks, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.
The defects — high rates of bad welds, dented pipe and damaged pipeline coating — have been fixed. But the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration wants to make sure similar problems don't occur during construction of the pipeline's controversial northern segment, which is on hold pending a decision by the Obama administration.
One condition requires TransCanada to hire a third-party contractor chosen by the pipeline safety agency to monitor the construction and make reports to the safety administration on whether the work is sound.
The Senate left Washington on Thursday after a contentious month that has left backers of the $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline searching for a way to get a vote to approve the controversial project after falling short on an energy efficiency bill that it was linked to.
The authors of a bill that would mandate approval, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said they would press for a vote after senators return on June 2. But the path ahead appears as uncertain as ever, with Hoeven looking at new legislation while Landrieu said she still wants to vote on the efficiency bill and Keystone as a package.
TransCanada CEO Russ Girling told Bloomberg this week that shipping tar sands oil by rail is a more expensive option than moving it via pipeline, but his company is examining the possibility given the latest delays in its Keystone XL project.
Overall first quarter profit for TransCanada Corp. dropped 8 percent but adjusted earnings gained and revenue was up on higher pipeline demand during the bitterly cold winter, The Wall Street Journal reports.
TransCanada –- the company that would build and operate the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – has filed a request with South Dakota to have the state reissue certification for the project since the original has expired, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued greenhouse gas permits to Castleton Commodities subsidiary CCI Corpus Christi for its planned condensate splitter plant and bulk petroleum terminal in the Texas city, FuelFix reports.
With the dollar down ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting this week, U.S. benchmark crude recovered from intraday losses. West Texas Intermediate gained 65 cents to settle at $92.92 a barrel on the Nymex in active trading, while in London the October contract for Brent crude wrapped up 46 cents down at $96.65, Bloomberg reports.
In a letter Monday posted in full as an ad in The International New York Times, 160 activists urged foundations to use their financial muscle to avert climate change by investing in low-carbon energy, divesting from fossil fuels and, as shareholders, pressuring companies from pursuing new reserves, E&E reports.
The Obama administration has consistently refused to put a moratorium on leasing public land to mining firms, as well as taking other steps at odds with Republican claims it has waged a war on coal, The Boston Globe reports.
Severe black lung disease was back up to 3.2 percent of the population of miners in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky in 2012 compared to a low of 0.4 percent in 1998, according to a study published Monday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Duke Energy is committing to installing three solar facilities in North Carolina as well as signing power purchase deals with five other new solar projects in the state, for a total of 278 megawatts of capacity at a cost of $500 million, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
The United Nations-sponsored climate summit in New York next week will play host to 125 heads of state including President Barack Obama, but not the leaders from Russia, China, Canada, India and Australia, according to a document the UN released over the weekend, The Hill reports.
Successful tests – in Canadian Maritime Provinces and in the U.S. as well -- point to the use of electric water heaters and space heaters linked to the grid through wireless controllers as a cheap method of storing excess energy like that generated from wind power, E&E reports.
Texas Board of Education member David Bradley will be pushing a skeptical position on climate change when new textbooks are due to be adopted in November, and he’ll apparently have a lot of material to choose from, National Journal reports.