U.S. shale boom a headache for planned Canadian pipeline

The Globe and Mail

With Canadian markets flooded with U.S. crude, TransCanada’s planned Energy East pipeline to transport oil to Quebec and New Brunswick faces a tough challenge, The Globe and Mail reports.


6,500 tickets sold for Keystone opposition concert

NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.

The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold since Wednesday.


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State Department not looking for new Keystone XL comments

The State Department has a message for all sides on the Keystone XL pipeline battle: The comment window is closed. 

The public comment period on the national interest review ended in March, but environmental groups last week wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to re-open the department's environmental review. They want him to consider what they say are new market developments that undercut the case for the line.

But a department spokesman said late Friday that while State Department officials have seen the letter, they're not looking for new comments.

"We do not have any plans to open another public comment period," said spokesman John Finn.


Associated Press

Keystone XL opponents want Kerry to overhaul analysis

Environmental groups on Thursday called on the State Department to reverse what it said were "flawed assumptions" in its recent environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline that asserted the project is not the key driver of Canadian oil sands crude production.

The 12 groups said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that the department's supplemental environmental impact statement should be corrected to link the development of oil sands directly to the $5.4 billion line -- and that the project should in turn be rejected because it would contribute directly to climate change.


Alberta regulator OK’s TransCanada’s new oil sands pipeline


The Alberta Energy Regulator has granted TransCanada approval to construct the 56-mile, $785 million Northern Courier Pipeline, which will transport condensates and diluted bitumen, Platts reports.


Keystone XL pipeline attracting big lobbying spend


TransCanada, the company that hopes to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has spent far more on lobbying this year than it did at the same point last year, and the American Petroleum Institute has spent somewhat more as well, E&E reports.

Enbridge, Alaska in talks on new gas pipeline

The Wall Street Journal

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.


Clinton: Keystone not a proxy for Canada relations

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: No link between mandates and welding issues, but pledges more safety work


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.


New safety requirements set for Keystone pipeline

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.


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