John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News, Feb 7, 2014
State Department review used studies funded by Alberta agencies and carried out by Jacobs Consultancy, a subsidiary of a major tar sands developer.
Curtis Tate, Bellingham Herald, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 20, 2014
WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Jan 9 2014
President Obama on Thursday ordered a sweeping review of energy strategy that will involve departments and agencies across the federal government.
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jan 7 2014
A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.
John Upton, Grist, Jan 8 2013
Goldman Sachs is looking a tad less evil. It has dumped its holdings in a shaky project that would build the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash., intended to be the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal.
Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy, Jan 2 2014
The expansion of the Panama Canal is on hold -- and so is the U.S. dream of sending energy to Asia.
David Shaffer & Susan Hogan, Star Tribune, Dec 31, 2013
A majority of the 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., heeded a warning to leave town Monday after an explosion that produced huge clouds of flames and smoke, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
Phuong Le, Associated Press, Chron.com, December 27, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — The number of oil tankers in Washington state waters could increase almost sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.
Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans), Dec 18, 2013
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.
James Macpherson, Associated Press December 12, 2013
Regulator: North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike to 90 percent of production
Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press, 570News.com, Dec 14, 2013
WASHINGTON – Yes, the influential activist spearheading the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has made a fortune in oil investments. Yes, he’s invested in a rival pipeline that would compete with Keystone.
Ed Struzik, Yale Environment 360, 29 Nov 2013
The rapid development of Alberta’s tar sands has spawned a new proposal for a 731-mile pipeline that would transport oil to the British Columbia coast. The project is strongly opposed by conservationists and First Nations leaders, who fear the environmental risks it would bring.
Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, Dec 7 2013
Top geoscientist spells out startling depletion rates for high-cost shale gas, tight oil wells.
One of Canada's top energy analysts has warned investors and geologists that "the shale revolution" will not meet conventional expectations as a so-called game-changer in energy production.
Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Nov 26 2013
While the fate of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline hangs in balance, the U.S. quietly approved another major border-crossing pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan last week.
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, 26 Nov 2013
Although TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has received the lion's share of media attention, another key border-crossing pipeline benefitting tar sands producers was approved on November 19 by the U.S. State Department.
Imagine walking into your supermarket with a bag of zucchini from your garden and saying that you’d like to trade them straight up for an equal quantity of zucchini next month.
Guy Chazan, Financial Times, Oct 6 2013
Brian Horesji, Post Carbon Institute, 2012
Desmog Canada, 26 Aug 2013
The largest onshore oil spill in US history - Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan - finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000 USD. That's according to newly disclosed figures released by Enbridge in a Revised Application to expand another one of its pipelines, the Alberta Clipper.
The Bakersfield Californian, Aug 24 2013
Sept. 9, 2010: A 30-inch PG&E gas pipeline burst in San Bruno, killing eight people, injuring dozens more and destroying 38 homes. In court documents, PG&E first tried to blame the rupture on a city sewer project that allegedly damaged a "state of the art" pipeline. Residents themselves were accused of somehow being negligent.
John DeCicco, Yale Environment 360, 22 Aug 2013
Every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has backed programs to develop alternative transportation fuels. But there are better ways to foster energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions than using subsidies and mandates to promote politically favored fuels.
Naveena Sadasivam, InsideClimateNews.org, Aug 20, 2013
PHMSA has released ExxonMobil's spill response plan for the ruptured Pegasus pipeline—but most of the crucial elements have been completely redacted.
Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
In the biggest refund yet from the California energy crisis, a government-owned Canadian utility today agreed to a $750 million settlement with state officials and the state's largest utilities.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces $750 Million Settlement Stemming from California Energy Crisis
Press Release, Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, August 16 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $750 million settlement with Powerex over claims arising from the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. The vast majority of the settlement money will go to ratepayers of California’s largest utilities.