The State Department's environmental impact report for the Keystone XL pipeline estimated that replacing the pipeline with rail to transport Canadian crude oil may increase average rail-related deaths by as many as six per year, Reuters reports.
A report issued by the State Department on Friday raised no major environmental objections to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The 1,179-mile pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries in Texas.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents were pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into the November elections.
Supporters and opponents both were quick to claim victories with the U.S. State Department report released Friday, which raised no major objections to the pipeline. The oil industry, some union groups and congressional Republicans called on the Obama administration to move forward with the project, while a coalition of landowners and environmentalists say there is still cause for denying a federal permit. The project would ship 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.
Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers in Nebraska who oppose the pipeline are planning to run for seats on a state board that regulates power stations that are needed along the project route. And national activists say they have recruited more than 75,000 volunteers willing to participate in civil disobedience, should President Barack Obama approve the Keystone project.
The Keystone XL oil sands pipeline on Friday moved another step toward a construction permit decision by the Obama administration with the release of a final State Department environmental impact statement that raised no major climate change and safety concerns.
The statement starts a national interest determination process at the department that includes a 30-day public comment period and 90-day period for at least eight other federal agencies to weigh in. But the process sets no deadline for Secretary of State John Kerry to make a final recommendation to President Barack Obama, a department official said.
The State Department on Friday released a final environmental impact statement that finds the proposed $5.3 billion Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada won't exacerbate climate change because the crude will likely be extracted with or without the project.
The publication of the statement starts a national interest determination process that will ultimately lead to a final decision on a cross-border construction permit by the department and President Barack Obama.
TransCanada is hoping to restore natural gas Monday night to some Manitoba customers who've been without the fuel since a pipeline explosion Saturday, the cause of which has still not been determined, CBC reports.
Xcel Energy wants natural gas customers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota to turn down their thermostats, in the wake of a TransCanada gas pipeline rupture and fire over the weekend that have reduced supplies, KMSP reports.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company on Wednesday started delivering oil through the Texas portion of a proposed cross-border pipeline that has stirred controversy and tension between the United States and its northern neighbor.
TransCanada began delivering oil from a hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, to customers in Nederland, Texas, early Wednesday, Alex Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines, said at a news conference. The company expects to complete a smaller pipeline that will transport oil from Nederland to refineries near Houston later this year.
The $2.3 billion pipeline from Cushing to Texas is the Gulf Coast — or southern portion — of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This shorter leg will begin transporting on average about 300,000 barrels of oil daily and should end the year at an average of about 520,000 barrels, Pourbaix said.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants would threaten energy reliability, drive up costs, is unworkable, and should be withdrawn, 102 members of Congress -- led by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. but also including six Democrats –- wrote in a letter to President Obama last week, The Hill reports.
Stiffer rules governing the standards of tank cars carrying crude will force the cargo off the rails and onto the roads, a consultant working with the group that prepared an analysis for the Railway Supply Institute told The Wall Street Journal.
Remarks from Saudi Arabia’s oil minister over the weekend, as well as a cut in output from Libya on renewed fighting and a spate of short-covering ahead of the Christmas holiday period saw oil prices rising early Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery was up 55 cents to $57.68 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.59 to $62.97, Bloomberg reports.
Banks will get serious about cleaning up their portfolios in April, which could see a rash of defaults by over-extended drillers assuming there’s no rebound in oil prices, a principal at W L Ross investment firm told FuelFix.
Alberta had planned to revamp its greenhouse gas emissions policy by the end of the year, but the drop in oil prices has moved the provincial government to put off changes to its present carbon charges until June, Bloomberg reports.
NV Energy, which is continuing to deny that its smart meters pose a fire risk, has given more than 1,000 pages of documents to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, which is investigating the issue, and the utility also has promised to update the firmware on the meters and monitor them closely, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration is struggling to cope with requests from companies applying to use drones, and in some instances concerns of safety inspectors are being overridden, The Washington Post reports.
Advanced Energy Economy, a business association in California, has provided an analysis that claims some 432,000 people employed in the state are involved in clean energy -– including green power generation, energy conservation and energy efficiency -– the Los Angeles Times reports.