NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path.
The artwork, which covers 80 acres and was done last week, reads "Heartland#NoKXL." It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Following an intensive amendment process that began last week, the House Resources Committee on Wednesday passed out its rewrite of a bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project.
The committee considered dozens of proposed amendments and debated many of them at length — even some that were ultimately withdrawn — over the course of several days.
Co-chair Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River, said he thought Alaskans could take comfort that the committee did "good, hard work." Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, said she thought the bill was fair to all concerned.
Some lawmakers in Alaska's legislature are expressing dissatisfaction with the role pipeline company TransCanada would play in the proposal to build a major natural gas facility in the state, E&E reports.
Keystone XL pipeline advocates hold press conference to highlight national security arguments. Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Lee Terry, TransCanada Vice President Alex Poubaix, Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, API President Jack Gerard, others to speak.
The public comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline review ended on Friday, with opponents sending more than 2 million comments opposing the project, doubling the comments in support of the pipeline, The Washington Post reports.
TransCanada chief Russ Girling told National Journal at the CERAWeek conference that he's more confident of getting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that the State Department's environmental review answered all major questions about the project.
Texas refiners are now getting Alberta crude through the southern leg of Keystone XL, TransCanada CEO Russell Girling told FuelFix, adding that fresh legal troubles in Nebraska are just a "bump in the road" for the pipeline's controversial northern leg.
The State Department's internal watchdog said Wednesday that officials chose the contractor for the Keystone XL pipeline environmental review in compliance with its internal rules and did not violate conflict of interest safeguards.
The finding by Assistant Inspector General for Audits Norman P. Brown led to new calls by advocates and owner TransCanada for approval of the controversial $5.4 billion project, which would connect Alberta's oil sands with Gulf Coast refineries.
An audit by the Canadian National Energy Board has found that pipeline operator TransCanada is failing to comply with rules, including those for hazard identification and risk assessment, The Globe and Mail reports.
Just a few days ago, the White House had the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline tucked safely away at the State Department and in the hands of Secretary of State John Kerry.
Now the project faces new problems after Nebraska opponents won a court decision, and partisans on both sides have upped their rhetoric. President Barack Obama told governors on Monday he would decide whether to issue a permit in a couple of months, two of them said, but the specter of more uncertainty for the $5.4 billion project looms large.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a bill – S. 640 -- that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to shoulder the costs of any impact its Clean Power Plan would have on government agencies, E&E reports.
Grid operator PJM Interconnection, in a lengthy analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, concludes that it would be cheaper for states to band together to tackle its carbon reduction requirements, rather than going it alone, E&E reports.
Uncertain of federal jurisdiction in the matter, the White House last year decided to leave to North Dakota the task of regulating the explosive gas content of crude being shipped by rail, administration officials have told Reuters.
After a contentious debate that lasted for hours, the Oregon House narrowly approved and sent to Gov. Kate Brown a measure to extend the state’s clean fuels program, intended to reduce the carbon intensity of vehicle fuels, The Oregonian reports.
A day after Maryland’s attorney general recommended that regulators reject the proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, the companies announced that they’ll more than double the money set aside to benefit utility customers, The Washington Post reports.
Black Rock Group, the Virginia consulting firm that helped Republican Dan Sullivan win his senate seat last year, will open an Alaska office as planning intensifies for Energy committee chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 re-election bid, Alaska Dispatch News reports.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.