The Yankton Sioux Tribe has filed a motion with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to dismiss TransCanada’s application to renew its permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the state, with a hearing set for Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Keystone XL chief Corey Goulet told Nebraska residents last week that TransCanada is continuing to negotiate easements with landowners for the pipeline, and will start eminent domain proceedings as well for land condemnation when confronted with opposition, the Norfolk Daily News reports.
The determination by a Canadian wildlife panel that beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River are endangered has moved TransCanada to pause studies for the oil export terminal it is proposing for Cacouna as part of the Energy East pipeline project, Bloomberg reports.
Quebec’s Environment Minister sent a letter to TransCanada outlining seven conditions the company must meet in order to run its proposed Energy East pipeline through the province, including an assessment of its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, Reuters reports.
Locked in a closely watched election runoff, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has lost her fight to win Senate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. But Republicans are promising to bring the project back up when they take control of the Senate in January.
After a week of lobbying her colleagues, Landrieu and her co-sponsor Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., saw the approval bill on Tuesday fall one vote short of the 60 needed for passage under the terms of a deal she struck to bring it to the floor.
A spokesman for TransCanada, which is seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, says the company hasn’t taken up a recommendation from PR firm Edelman to use third parties to target opponents of the Energy East project in Canada, The New York Times reports.
A day ahead of a likely Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, one of TransCanada Corp.'s small shareholders has made public a letter suggesting the company be restructured, selling off the firm’s power generation business, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sandall Asset Management Corp. released the letter just two days before TransCanada meets with analysts and investors.
The Senate is set as soon as Tuesday to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, one that could put President Barack Obama in a position to issue his first veto of legislation since 2010, on a key issue pitting Republicans and energy-state Democrats against the environmental lobby.
But it was unclear heading into the week whether an approval bill will get the 60 votes needed to force Obama's hand. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., was one vote short of the 15 Democrats needed to join 45 Republicans in backing her bill, and finger pointing was already underway by Republicans who are calling it a show vote to help her.
The stage is set for the Senate to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline next week, following House approval of a bill to authorize the $8 billion project from Canada.
Yet as advocates, led by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., neared the 60 votes needed to secure Senate passage of the same bill, President Barack Obama still appeared to hold the upper hand over Congress for now. The 252-161 vote for the project in the House fell 38 votes short of a veto-proof majority.
The Republican-led House on Friday easily passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, setting the stage for a showdown vote in the Senate as soon as Tuesday.
The approval bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., passed on a 252-161 vote. The total fell well short, however, of the two-thirds margin that would be needed to override a veto by President Barack Obama.
Cassidy is to face Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., the co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, in a Dec. 6 runoff. She needs 60 votes for passage.
Oil gained early Monday after comments from OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri that prices could climb to $200 a barrel, but resumed its slide after he said there was an excess supply to the tune of 1.5 million barrels per day. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery dropped 44 cents to settle at $45.15 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 1.3 percent, falling 63 cents to $48.16, Bloomberg reports.
In a move that marks another hefty restructuring of master limited partnerships, Energy Transfer Partners says it’s acquiring Regency Energy Partners, a sister firm operating under parent Energy Transfer Equity LP, for more than $11 billion, FuelFix reports.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide how lawsuits related to earthquakes should be handled, agreeing to take on an appeal from Sandra Lada, who says she was injured in 2011 in a quake she blames on two oil companies operating disposal wells, the Tulsa World reports.
Following a move by two utilities to drop their contracts to buy power from Cape Wind, grid operator ISO New England last week suspended the project’s participation in New England’s wholesale electricity markets, and the company has stopped paying to lease land in Rhode Island that would have been a staging area to build the $2.5 billion offshore wind farm, The Boston Globe reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s list of 5,500 entrants in the National Building Competition last year -– battling each other to see who can save the most energy –- is a far cry from the 14 who took part when EPA started the contest in 2010, E&E reports.