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.
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 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.
On 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.
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
By MATTHEW DALY, AP, Houston Chronicle, August 26, 2011
Newsday.com, 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.
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.
Anthony Swift, National Resources Defense Council, 19 Aug 2011
Proponents 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.
Patti Epler, Tony Hopfinger, Alaska Dispatch, Jul 28, 2011
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.
By KIM BRIGGEMAN, Missoulian, July 20, 2011
MISSOULA — A District Court judge has upheld a request by Missoula County and three conservation groups to stop the Kearl Module Transportation Project — and its trucking of giant oilfield equipment modules through western Montana.
By Geoff Dembicki, TheTyee.ca, July 11, 2011
How Alberta bitumen fuels the global thirst for billions of beverage containers.
Driving south from Vancouver, B.C., towards Seattle, the scenery is perfectly pastoral with rolling hills and grazing cows. But suddenly, dominating the horizon, the view is interrupted by a phalanx of refinery towers shooting white-gray plumes into the sky. These industrial spires of BP's Cherry Point refinery loom high over Whatcom county, a lush border region a little more than 100 kilometres north of Seattle.
Editorial, The Missoulian, July 8, 2011
The oil may have stopped gushing from a ruptured pipeline beneath Yellowstone River, but Montanans' concerns about the potential damage from this spill are as yet unabated.
Unfortunately, Exxon Mobil's response has done very little to stanch these concerns. In fact, the company's recent reassurances have been less than reassuring.
By ELANA SCHOR of Greenwire, New York Times, July 6, 2011
As cleanup continues along a Montana river despoiled by a 1,000-barrel oil leak, green groups see a new opening to secure stronger pipeline safety rules and to beat back a major U.S.-Canada oil link -- the types of victories that did not materialize after last year's Gulf of Mexico gusher.
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, Jul. 2, 2011
Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to vow and fail to wean the United States off its dependency on Middle Eastern oil. Barack Obama will be the last. The United States today has the wherewithal to become independent in energy. Once Obama goes, it will also have the will.
Elana Schor, E&E News, June 17, 2011
A key House committee yesterday took its first look of the year at federal pipeline-safety rules, but the elephant in the room was a project over which regulators do not yet have power: the controversial U.S.-Canada proposed oil link known as Keystone XL.
Testimony Of The Pipeline Safety Trust
Presented By: Carl Weimer, Executive Director
Before The Subcommittee On Energy And Power
Of The Committee On Energy And Commerce
United States House Of Representatives
Hearing On Pipeline Safety Oversight
June 16, 2011
By Beth Daley, Boston Globe, June 14, 2011
Firm says outcry didn’t affect plans
By Lou Kilzer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 12, 2011
Some companies that control America's natural gas are pushing for government approval to export gas overseas for higher profits on the international market, a move that will significantly drive up prices in the United States because this nation still imports more than 10 percent of its domestic needs.
Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, June 12, 2011
PITTSBURGH — Exporting natural gas overseas, as some companies are pushing for government approval to do, will significantly drive up prices in the United States, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Report to the President, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, January 2011
By Richard Thompson, The Times-Picayune, May 29, 2011
Until just a few years ago, the petroleum industry was making plans to develop dozens of new North American terminals for importing liquefied natural gas.
Tim Johnson, Cascadia Weekly, May 25, 2011
Bellingham has a big decision to shoulder. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben is cheering us on.
Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, May 26, 2011
BOISE – What if giant loads of oil field equipment didn’t have to enter the United States to get from Asia to the Alberta oil sands project in Canada, and what if avoiding the U.S. actually cost less?