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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.

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.

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.

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Turn Screws on U.S. Shale

James Stafford | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
James Stafford

As Saudi Arabia continues to ramp up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers, U.S. shale is being forced to cut back. This story has been told many times over the past few months, but the data is finally confirming the success of Saudi Arabia's strategy, albeit a minor one thus far.

Dimock, Penn. Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County

Steve Horn | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A recent peer-reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has confirmed what many fracking critics have argued for years: hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can contaminate groundwater.

Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

Steve Horn | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Billings Gazette has revealed that coal mining company Cloudpeak Energy ghost wrote protest letters to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of allied policymakers and business groups.

BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Death of a Shalesman: U.S. Energy Independence Is a Fairy Tale

Alexis Crow | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Alexis Crow

Cheaper and cleaner than oil -- and seemingly abundant in supply -- shale gas was intended to be our "bridge" fuel to a bright future of renewable energy. But a clear look at the costs involved reveals that shale is a teetering bridge leading to an even higher-cost future.

Why All States Should All Have a New York State of Mind

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

We all need pure water, clean air, and the healthy environment necessary to support and sustain healthy lives, yet political leaders fail to give environmental rights the same protections they give other fundamental rights like freedom of speech.

Falling Oil Prices Reveal America's Fracking Trap -- And Saudi Arabia's Continued Energy Dominance

Alexis Crow | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Alexis Crow

Far from leading America to a future of energy independence, the fracking boom has locked the country into a high-cost game.

Colorado's First Couple of Pro-Fracking Front Groups

Jesse Coleman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Green
Jesse Coleman

Colorado has emerged as a key battleground in the national debate over shale drilling and fracking. The state's oil and gas industry has over 50,000 hydraulically fractured wells, and plans to drill many thousands more every year into the foreseeable future.

Fracking's Unexpected Benefit: U.S. Manufacturing Oversight, Accountability

Sridhar Kota | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Sridhar Kota

If the U.S. is to reap the maximum benefits from the development of this resource, whether in manufacturing or in the quality of life of its citizens, it needs coherent federal strategies and partnerships that will build public appreciation of the impacts in all dimensions, and at global, national and local scales.

Soros Signals Argentina's Shale Is Biggest Place To Be

James Stafford | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
James Stafford

One of the world's legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina's shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America's largest unconventional prize -- and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas.

Bakken Trains

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

There has been an alarming rise in the incidence of train accidents in the last two years involving the derailment of tanker cars carrying crude oil, spilling large volumes of toxic crude oil into waterways.

Rural Louisiana and Mississippi brace for accelerated Tuscaloosa drilling

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 9, 2013 edition.) North of New Orleans, ambitious drilling plans in the Tuscaloosa ...

Oil, Gas, and the New Relationship between the United States and Russia

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The compass of the geopolitical strategic balance of power is turning towards a qualitative relationship between the United States and Russia, followi...

Methane Hydrates: The Next Natural Gas Boom?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

A test-well for collecting gas hydrates in Mallik, Canada. (Photo: USGS) There's a whole lot of methane in them thar seaflooor. But is it good as gold...

Shale Gas and Tight Oil: Boom? Bust? Or Just a Petering Out?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could be that despite fracking and its current bounty, we're not going to be able to drill our way to energy security after all.

John Sununu: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Energy Policy

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The oil and gas industry is what it is today thanks in large part to decades of federal support, and America's new and "bright" shale gas-rich future is no exception.

Jon Ward

'I'm Not For Anybody' | Jon Ward | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics

PARMA, Ohio -- The sun was low in the sky, the air was thick with heat, and a few dozen residents of this working-class neighborhood in the Cleveland ...