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.
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.
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.
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.
TransCanada has filed an application running more than 30,000 pages with the country’s National Energy Board, seeking approval of the Energy East pipeline which would carry Alberta oil sands crude east, a process likely to take some 18 months, The Canadian Press reports.
A poll conducted for news organizations in South Dakota found that voters in the state –- which is in the process of renewing an expired permit for it -- overwhelmingly back the Keystone XL pipeline, although the issue does not appear on the November ballot, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.
A Hart research poll commissioned by three environmental groups finds that 54 percent of voters surveyed in five swing states would be more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate who wants to take action against climate change, and 68 percent back one looking to expand renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Delta Airlines subsidiary Monroe Energy has written to the Surface Transportation Board -- in a letter posted online Wednesday -- complaining that delays to crude-by-rail deliveries are severely disrupting its operations, E&E reports.
Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision to finish its asset-purchase program pumped up the dollar Thursday, which sent oil prices down. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $1.08 to finish trading on the Nymex at $81.12 a barrel, while in London Brent lost 1 percent, or 88 cents to settle at $86.24, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.
Net income in the third quarter for midstream operator Enterprise Products Partners was 18 percent higher, at $699 million, compared to the year-ago period, on bigger fees and a larger volume of crude flowing through its pipelines, FuelFix reports.
In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.
James Famiglietti, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has written a commentary published in the journal Nature Climate Change, backed by new satellite data, which warns that groundwater supplies in the world’s most arid places are continuing to dry up, E&E reports.