Terminal developer Kinder Morgan on Wednesday dropped its proposal to export coal to Asia from a Columbia River port near Clatskanie.
The company's decision means three of the six coal export terminals originally proposed in Oregon and Washington have gone by the wayside. It also significantly reduces the potential for coal train traffic through Portland.
Together, the three abandoned projects represent up to $550 million in investment, 305 permanent jobs -- and nearly 50 million tons of Montana and Wyoming coal destined for Asian ports.
Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline operator, said it shut its 210,000 barrel-per-day North Dakota pipeline for the second time in less than a week after finding contaminated soil during integrity checks.
Graham White, a spokesman for the company, said in an email the line was shut on Monday after the discovery. The company does not yet know when it will restart.
Enbridge estimates 2 barrels of oil leaked from the line.
The biggest oil and gas pipeline company in Canada is breaking National Energy Board safety rules at 117 of its 125 pump stations across the country, but Enbridge says it's not to blame.
Enbridge was ordered by the Canadian energy regulator to disclose whether or not it had backup power to operate emergency shut-down systems in the facilities that keep oil flowing through its pipes. The company told the NEB only eight of its pump stations complied with the board's backup power system regulation.
On top of that, Enbridge disclosed that 83 of its pump stations were missing emergency shut-down buttons.
Gov. Jerry Brown put the state's early wildfire season in global terms Monday, saying the state would have to grow accustomed to more forest fires as a consequence of climate change.
Brown's remarks at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s aviation management unit in Sacramento came as firefighters in Ventura County said they expected to have the 28,000-acre Springs fire fully contained by Tuesday. State firefighters have responded to about twice the average number of wildfires so far this year – more than 1,100 in all.
"Our climate is changing, the weather is becoming more intense," Brown said in an airplane hangar filled with trucks, airplanes and helicopters used by the state to fight fires. "It's going to cost a lot of money and a lot of lives.
A European Union plan to label crude from the Alberta oil sands as dirty is unfair and could damage Canada's bid to find new export markets, the Canadian resources minister said at the start of a mission to lobby against the idea.
As part of a plan to cut greenhouse gases from transport fuel, the EU's executive commission has developed a Fuel Quality Directive that would single out oil from Alberta's tar sands as more polluting than conventional crude.
Canada, whose oil sands are the world's third-largest proven reserves of crude, strongly opposes the move.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, speaking at the start of a week-long trip to Paris, Brussels and London, said the directive should be changed to ensure it does not discriminate against crude from the oil sands.
New refinery capacity and pipeline projects coming on line will help demand and prices for Canadian bitumen in the next two years but Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. president Steve Laut says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will eventually be essential for growth in the oil sands industry.
"Long-term, we do need Keystone to be able to grow the volumes in Canada," Mr. Laut said in an interview following the release of his company’s first-quarter results on Friday.
Mr. Laut's emphasis on the importance of Keystone stands in contrast to what others in the industry, as well as the U.S. State Department, have said regarding the project.
A mid-level appeals court says New York municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.
The four-judge appellate division panel ruled unanimously Thursday that state mining and drilling law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use.
The case of Norse Energy Corp.’s challenge to a ban in the Tompkins County town of Dryden has been closely watched by industry hoping to drill in New York’s piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and opponents of the technology known as “fracking.” Environmentalists fear drilling could threaten water supplies and public health.
Government officials and others came together today in Little Rock to discuss the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline, currently shut down on account of the Mayflower rupture, which runs through 13 miles of the Lake Maumelle watershed. It runs for 15.5 miles between shutoff valves through the land from which Central Arkansas gets virtually all its water supply.
Nobody from ExxonMobil attended, however.
A break like that which occurred in Mayflower, with spillage of some 5,000 barrels of oil, would produce exponential damage to the watershed.
Exxon Mobil Corp's near 70-year-old Pegasus oil pipeline leaked a small amount of crude into a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri on Tuesday, a month after the same pipe spewed thousands of barrels of crude in Arkansas.
A resident notified the company of the spill after spotting a patch of oil and dead vegetation seven miles (11 km) south of Doniphan in the southeast of the state, Exxon and state officials said on Wednesday.
About one barrel of crude leaked and the cleanup is "close to completion," an Exxon spokeswoman said.
Tuesday's spill occurred 200 miles north of Mayflower, Arkansas, where about 5,000 barrels of crude spilled from the Pegasus pipe into a residential area on March 29, prompting a giant clean-up operation that is still ongoing.
Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline claimed a victory Tuesday when elected officials in northern Nebraska said the project is not welcome in their county.
Bill Tielke, chairman of the Holt County Board, called the 7-0 vote in opposition to the controversial project a symbolic act. He said he and the other board members wanted to convey their concern that the pipeline represents a threat to the county's underground water supplies.
The resolution is a statement of opposition to all crude oil and tar sands pipelines across Holt County, a rural county of 10,400 people where farming and ranching dominates the economy. Pipeline opponents called it the first resolution against the pipeline passed by an elected body in Nebraska.