LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project to carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.
The ruling could cause more delays in finishing the pipeline.
Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route.
Environmental advocates, including a former adviser to Barack Obama, have renewed their calls for the President to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. On Wednesday they urged the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies to help make their case.
Anthony Swift, an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, called EPA "the gatekeeper in evaluating how credible the environmental review is," during the national interest determination process on the project underway at the State Department.
Nebraska is getting dueling radio ads for and against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, as landowners and ranchers in the state who are opposed to the project are matching spots put up by TransCanada, The Hill reports.
Increased seasonal fuel demand and the opening of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline have driven up oil prices in the short term, as well as increased speculators' bets on higher prices in the long term, Bloomberg reports.
More than 3,500 public comments have been filed so far on the State Department's latest environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline, with the majority appearing to oppose the project, FuelFix reports.
Communications with TransCanada disclosed by a Nebraska landowner suggest that the company may consider altering the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to prevent further delays stemming from the ongoing presidential review of the project, E&E reports.
In an interview with Bloomberg, conducted ahead of the State Department's environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed confidence that the need for economic development would lead to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, either by President Obama or his successor.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford said her province wouldn't boost regulations on carbon emissions from oil producers to press approval of the Keystone XL pipeline unless the U.S. agrees to implement similar rules on its industry, Blooomberg reports.
The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers alleging that the agency has failed to disclose records from its review of the Keystone XL pipeline related to the project's path, Bloomberg reports.
In the wake of a State Department report finding there would be no significant environmental impact from approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the editorial board of The Washington Post argues that environmental groups should move on to more substantive climate issues.
Oil prices surged 8.3 percent in Friday trading as rig data suggested a slowdown in shale oil development, with Brent crude rising $3.86 to $52.99 a barrel and U.S. crude climbing $3.71 to settle at $48.24 a barrel, Reuters reports.
A survey conducted by Reuters reports that OPEC output rose by 130,000 barrels per day in January as Angola boosted exports and Persian Gulf producers kept steady or increased output, a signal that some members plan to stay the course on maintaining output despite low oil prices.
Despite the collapse of crude oil prices last year, the latest Commerce Department report of gross domestic output showed outlays for new oil rigs and wells rose 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, even as equipment spending across all U.S. businesses fell, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron CEO John Watson, after his company reported lower profits and announced budget cuts, voiced optimism for long-term industry prospects, saying the price of oil will have to rise above $50 per barrel to support new exploration to meet energy needs, FuelFix reports.
A new poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, say they consider themselves more likely to support a candidate who supports action to combat climate change.
The National Biodiesel Board in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voiced frustration with the agency's delayed implementation of biodiesel mandates, saying the slow movement has caused some producers to reduce staff and forced others into bankruptcy, The Hill reports.
A survey of economists by Bloomberg projects that many of the world's largest crude oil exporters like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar could see budget surpluses take hits and slip into deficits as global oil prices remain low.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
In an interview with E&E, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee and leader of a new Interior and EPA oversight panel, discusses her familiarity with development and ranching issues in western states and her plans to limit Obama administration regulations on public land use.