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U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After Election

By JOHN M. BRODER and DAN FROSCH, New York Times, November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any decision about its fate until after the 2012 election.

Cheniere and BG ink $8 bln deal to export US LNG

By Edward McAllister, Reuters, October 26, 2011
  • Cheniere to supply 3.5 mln tonnes a year to BG
  • Deal will run for 20 years
  • BG will ship LNG to markets across the globe

New gas, oil reserves a boon for pipeline construction

Shawn McCarthy & Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, Oct. 21, 2011

OTTAWA AND CALGARY—Spectra Energy Corp. (SE-N28.260.562.02%) is driving North America’s pipeline construction boom into the heart of New York City, part of a massive industry push to connect previously untapped shale gas and oil reserves to under-served markets.

Kinder Morgan to Buy El Paso for $21.1 Billion

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times, October 16, 2011

Kinder Morgan agreed on Sunday to buy the El Paso Corporation for about $21.1 billion in cash and stock, striking one of the biggest energy deals in history, to tap into a boom in natural gas drilling and production.

Keystone XL pipeline becomes a political headache for White House

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, October 7, 2011

The question of how best to handle the federal permit for the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline extension — which will transport crude oil 1,700 miles from Alberta to Texas — has evolved from a backwater process at the State Department to a high-profile political headache for the Obama administration.

Keystone XL: More about the politics than the petroleum

Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail, Oct. 05, 2011

WASHINGTON— For months, the stars seemed pretty well aligned for the Keystone XL pipeline, the proposed $7-billion megaproject that would carry oil-sands crude from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas.

The Cronyism Behind a Pipeline for Crude

By BILL McKIBBEN, New York Times, October 3, 2011

LATE last month, the Obama administration unveiled a new tool that lets anyone send a petition to the White House; get 5,000 signatures in 30 days and you’re guaranteed some kind of answer. My prediction: it’s not going to stop people from trying to occupy Wall Street. After the past few years, we’re increasingly unwilling to believe that political reform can be accomplished by going through the “normal channels” of democracy.

Say No to the Keystone XL

Editorial, New York Times, October 2, 2011

Unless good sense intervenes, it looks increasingly likely that the State Department will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry a coarse, acidic crude oil from northern Alberta in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. That would be a mistake.

Former Keystone Pipeline Inspector Says Construction Shortcuts Are Tied To Leaks

Tom Zeller Jr., Huffington Post, September 28, 2011

Michael Klink, a 59-year-old civil engineer from Auburn, Ill., says he reported a litany of problems when he was working as a construction inspector at several pumping stations along the Keystone oil pipeline as it was being built in 2009 -- from sloppy concrete jobs and poorly spaced rebar to bad welds and poor pressure testing.

The Coming Decline and Fall of Big Coal

By Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, September 28, 2011

Mountaintop coal mine in West VirginiaAP ran a great story yesterday about the coming decline of the coal industry in Appalachia that I fear is not going to get nearly the attention it deserves. Because if you think about this story seriously for more than 30 seconds, you will come to see that it has huge implications not only for future U.S. energy policy but also for the coming presidential election.

Pipelines not even built but already competing

By TOM FOWLER, San Antonio Express News, September 29, 2011

Houston and Canadian firms propose Wrangler line from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast.

HOUSTON — TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline isn't the only big oil pipeline in the works.

Enterprise and Enbridge to Develop Crude Oil Pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf Coast

News Release, Enbridge, September 29, 2011

HOUSTON, TEXAS and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) - Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) ("Enterprise") and Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) ("Enbridge") today announced plans to design, construct and operate a new pipeline to transport crude oil from the oversupplied hub at Cushing, Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast refining complex.

Here comes Keystone XXL

Frik Els,, September 29, 2011

Backers of Coos Bay LNG site to apply for federal export license

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, September 23, 2011

The backers of a controversial proposal to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Coos Bay took the first step Thursday to convert their project to an export terminal.

News of weak demand from Asia hurts metallurgical coal producers

Peter Koven, National Post, Sept. 22, 2011

For anyone counting on fastgrowing Asian economies to prop up the West, this is not good news.

On Wednesday, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources Inc. slashed its 2011 guidance for metallurgical coal shipments by as much as 12%. It noted surprisingly weak customer demand in Asia as one of the key factors.

Pipeline Spills Put Safeguards Under Scrutiny

By DAN FROSCH and JANET ROBERTS, New York Times, September 9, 2011

DENVER — This summer, an Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying oil across Montana burst suddenly, soiling the swollen Yellowstone River with an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude just weeks after a company inspection and federal review had found nothing seriously wrong.

By giving in to Big Oil, Obama seals his political fate

by Glenn Hurowitz, Grist, 2 Sep 2011

In his latest attack on the environment, President Barack Obama today announced that he is directing the EPA to withdraw standards that would have cut smog pollution from automobiles, power plants, and refineries. Obama might want to consider that wheezing kids, no jobs, and caving to Big Oil do not a reelection make.

90 Day Public Comment Period on Keystone XL Tar sands Pipeline

Keystone XL Pipeline route - click here for larger mapOn August 26, 2011, the US Department of State issued its Environmental Impact Statement on TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL Pipeline which would transport tar sands bitumen from Alberta, through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, to Texas, and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Click here to read the Executive Summary from the EIS

The EIS concluded that the pipeline will not cause significant environmental problems.

Ignoring Enbridge spill lessons, State Dept. claims Keystone XL rupture would not impact public health

By Eartha Jane Melzer, The American Independent, August 29, 2011

Signals support for increasing use of tar sands oil

U.S. report favors pipeline from Canada

Canada-Texas oil pipeline clears hurdle, August 26, 2011

WASHINGTON -- The State Department on Friday removed a major roadblock to a planned $7-billion oil pipeline from western Canada to the Texas coast in a report that says it is unlikely to cause significant environmental problems.

Shale reserve estimate slashed

By Bloomberg News, Pittsburgh Tribune, August 24, 2011

The United States will slash its estimate of undiscovered Marcellus shale natural gas by nearly 80 percent after an updated assessment by government geologists.

Tar-sands pipeline ‘safety conditions’ are smoke and mirrors

Anthony Swift, National Resources Defense Council, 19 Aug 2011

Blown oil pipelineProponents of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline are using a disingenuous argument to avoid further scrutiny of TransCanada’s proposed pipeline. They argue that the concerns of landowners, farmers, and first responders regarding the safety of Keystone XL are unreasonable because TransCanada has agreed to 57 conditions suggested by pipeline safety regulators that will make it safer than other pipelines.

Why is a scientist at an offshore oil agency under investigation?

Patti Epler, Tony Hopfinger, Alaska Dispatch, Jul 28, 2011
A respected government scientist was barred from his job and banned from talking to his his co-workers earlier this month and the question no one seems to
be able -- or willing -- to answer is why.

Blockbuster news for the anti-coal movement: Bloomberg is all in

When I was in Brazil last month, I had a chance to talk to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and I asked him what the federal government can do to help cities. His answer had to do with federal regulations; specifically, he said something like, "cities can't force a dirty coal plant to shut down." I thought, hm, what an interesting example! Sounds like coal is on his mind.

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