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TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas With State Department Help

Steve Horn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

2 Billion Reasons Tar Sands Won't Move By Rail After Keystone XL's Rejection

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Anthony Swift

Rail is too expensive and logistically challenging to take the place of pipelines and support expanded tar sands production. Tar sands oil is some of the most expensive in the world to produce - and shipping crude by rail to the Gulf costs twice as much as by pipeline.

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.07.2015 | Politics

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‘Big Victory’: University of California Sells Off Coal, Oil Sands Investments

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.10.2015 | College

It’s one small step for the University of California -- and a “big victory” in the fight against climate change. According to ...

The World's First Clean Oil Sands Project: An Interview With Dr. Gerald Bailey

James Stafford | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
James Stafford

After decades of exhaustive attempts to overcome the dirty reputation of oil sands, we finally have an environmentally-friendly and low cost method to tap into these vast resources in the state of Utah -- good news both for Mother Nature and all oil and gas investors.

Judges Nixing Keystone XL South Cases Had Tar Sands-Related Oil Investments

Steve Horn | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club's petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts.

Former Exxon President On Mission to Clean Up Oil Sands

James Stafford | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
James Stafford

Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah's billions of barrels of oil sands.

Falling Crude Prices Put Producers Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

What will spur a price recovery? North American producers may not want to hear it, but the most likely road to higher prices is one that will see them end up as smaller players in tomorrow's oil market.

Greenwash: Shell May Remove 'Oil' From Name as it Moves to Tap Arctic, Gulf of Mexico

Steve Horn | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Shell Oil has announced it may take a page out of the BP "Beyond Petroleum" greenwashing book, rebranding itself as something other than an oil company for its United States-based unit. "Oil" could at some point in the near future be removed from the name.

Enbridge Stuffs Provision Into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of 'Keystone XL Clone'

Steve Horn | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On Thursday, July 3, on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.

Alberta's Emission Regulations: A Welcome Step With Unclear Results

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Despite the bad press that continues to dog the oil sands, it's not a potential foreign boycott of "dirty" Canadian oil that's the biggest problem for the domestic energy industry. No, the larger challenge is simple economics.

Appeals Court Rules Keystone XL South Approval Was Legal, Lifting Cloud Over TransCanada

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In a 3-0 vote, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Tenth Circuit has ruled that the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline was permitted in a lawful manner by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kate Sheppard

Majority Of Americans Have No Idea What The Keystone XL Pipeline Is | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

The majority of Americans have no idea what the Keystone XL pipeline is, but among those who do, support for its construction is firmly split along pa...

The Most Challenging Oil and Gas Projects in the World

James Stafford | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is approaching, but in the intervening years since the well blowout deep offshore, oil and gas drillers have pushed even deeper and even farther afield.

KXL: The End Game Begins

Michael Brune | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Tar-sands supporters in Congress will find it hard to tune out the fossil-fuel interests that want to see Canada's oil sands mined to the utmost. After all, the biggest foreign lease holder in Canada's oil sands is none other than the Koch brothers. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now it's up to President Obama to do the right thing.

Oil's Survival of the Fittest

James Stafford | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
James Stafford

With crude oil prices collapsing and small American oil producers faced with grim choices for survival, the Darwinian nature of commodity market cycle...

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.

The Downside of Oil Independence

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

For the last few years, energy independence seemed like a pretty good deal. What we're on the verge of discovering is that much of the production that makes it possible isn't viable in a world of falling oil prices.

1 Dead, 3 Injured In Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green

* Echo Platform was not in production at the time of incident * Fieldwood says offshore facility undamaged * At least o...

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Today was a good day for American leadership, showing that the big polluter agenda doesn't stand up.

State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

Steve Horn | Posted 01.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Wikimedia CommonsA controversial government contractor once again finds itself in hot water, or in this case...

Timothy Geithner's Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogSeveral environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of ...

Keystone Vote: Three Years Late, and for the Wrong Reason

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Even with all the shouting between sides, we're still not discussing the real issue: The US has no comprehensive energy policy, and we stumble, under the terrible lack of leadership in Washington, from crisis to crisis with little effort to reduce our overall demand for heavy hydrocarbons such as crude and coal.