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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline took its first steps in Nebraska on Tuesday since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier for the planned route.
Officials with TransCanada said they've filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire access to the remaining land that's needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline. The two-year window for TransCanada to invoke eminent domain in Nebraska closes Thursday.
Two House bills aiming at the way the Environmental Protection Agency uses science have drawn veto threats from the White House: One would require EPA to publicly release details of the science behind regulations, and the other would reform the agency’s Science Advisory Board, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency was wrong in failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative Landmark Legal Foundation back in 2012, Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Monday, The Hill reports.
As the strike by refinery workers enters its second month, some workers have begun crossing picket lines and some companies are trying to use bonuses to pressure others into returning to work, but negotiations were slated to resume between the United Steelworkers and Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt’s moves to refocus the company on its industrial side have run into the problem of lower oil prices, given that oil and gas were responsible for a fourth of the company’s $100 million in industrial revenue last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The retirement announcement from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. a key figure on the Appropriations Committee, means that the Chesapeake Bay is losing an important champion and the Obama administration is losing a significant defender of its environmental agenda, E&E reports.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey, which has been reluctant to draw direct connections between oil drilling in the state and the dramatic rise in earthquakes there, has faced "intense personal interest" from the state seismologist's boss, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, and the oil industry, according to E&E.
Legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature last week that would encourage natural gas distribution companies to cut their own consumption drew criticism from the industry, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A measure that passed the Republican-controlled senate in Colorado, which would have cut 2020 renewable energy targets for the state’s utilities and cooperatives, has been killed off by Democrats on a House panel, the Denver Business Journal reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced that oil and gas exploration leases for tracts in the western Gulf of Mexico –- some 4,000 blocks over 21 million acres -– will be sold in New Orleans in August, The Associated Press reports.