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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.

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

Source: 
Platts

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.

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Keystone XL pipeline attracting big lobbying spend

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E&E

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

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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.

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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.

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

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E&E

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.

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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.

Associated Press
Oil

Senate leaves town with Keystone XL vote up in the air

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.

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Keystone delays push TransCanada to look at shipping crude by rail

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Bloomberg

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.

Parnell signs bill to advance major gas project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation setting Alaska's participation in a proposed liquefied natural gas project.

Parnell signed SB138 on a piece of pipe surrounded by lawmakers in Fairbanks. He ended the event with a call to go build the project.

The bill is aimed at advancing the mega-project into a phase of preliminary engineering and design; there is not guarantee yet that it will be built.

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