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.
Building a diamond mine, expanding an oil sands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government's new environmental rules.
But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process the heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as chemical explosive plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations prior to approval.
The proposed changes would be part of amended regulations for new environmental laws, adopted last July, which have already cancelled about 3,000 investigations, by removing the triggers that required the assessments and replacing them with the list of projects.
It might seem like Canadian oil producers haven’t had much to smile about lately, given the threat of surging oil production in the U.S., their key customer, and transportation bottlenecks depressing prices for their own product, Western Canadian Select.
But data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration released Monday continues to show one positive theme: U.S. demand for Canadian crude is going up.
U.S. imports of Canadian crude oil reached almost 3 million barrels a day in February, up almost 12% from the same month in 2012, according to EIA data out Monday. Imports for January were also higher than a year earlier, putting the year-to-date increase in crude imports from Canada at 10.7%.
A fire that broke out at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in southwest Detroit Saturday evening prompted evacuations and raised concerns about safety and environmental hazards in the area.
The fire, which started at about 6 p.m. in one of the refinery’s smaller tanks, was extinguished just before 8 p.m., said Marathon spokesman Shane Pochard. No one was injured.
As thick black smoke billowed from the refinery, authorities in adjacent Melvindale went door-to-door and used Facebook to order 3,000 people, nearly a third of the city’s population, to leave their homes.
The chief executive of TransCanada Corp. said Friday the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will be in service months later than expected and cost more as it continues to await U.S. government approval.
TransCanada had been sticking to its late 2014 or early 2015 start-up target, but the regulatory process has dragged on. It is now looking at a mid to late-2015 start-up.
CEO Russ Girling noted on a conference call with analysts detailing first quarter results that the controversial pipeline is in its 67th month of the approval process.
“Unfortunately, continued delays ... have an impact on both our schedule and our costs. Based on our current assessment of timing of the permit we would currently anticipate the pipeline could become operational in the second half of 2015,” Girling said.
The campaign group formed to support Barack Obama's political agenda has launched an initiative to shame members of Congress who deny the science behind climate change.
In an email to supporters on Thursday, Organizing for Action said it was time to call out members of Congress who deny the existence of climate change, saying they had blocked efforts to avoid its most catastrophic consequences.
The email linked to a video mocking Republicans who reject the science on climate change. "Right now, way too many lawmakers in Washington flat-out refuse to face the facts when it comes to climate change," Jon Carson, executive director of Organizing for Action wrote in the email. "We're never going to make real progress on this issue unless members of Congress get serious."
The video mainly features Republican members of the House of Representatives who are notorious for denying the existence of climate change, or positing bizarre notions about its causes.
However, it also includes some national figures such as the Florida senator Marc Rubio and House speaker John Boehner, whose views on climate are not that broadly known. There are no Democrats in the video.
B.C. New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix's criticism Monday of Kinder Morgan's proposed $5.4-billion oil pipeline marks the latest twist in an election campaign that, for the first time in B.C.'s modern history, has the oil-and-gas industry emerging as a centrepiece issue.
Dix, already opposed to Enbridge's $6.5-billion pipeline to Kitimat, stopped just short of condemning the Kinder Morgan plan to twin its existing line from Alberta to Burnaby. He has been under considerable pressure from the environmental movement to take a stand.
Elections fought on oil and gas were once confined almost exclusively to B.C.'s next-door neighbour. But the B.C. Liberals sought to make sure the industry would be top-of-mind when its throne speech and subsequent budget made clear they are betting their political survival on a rosy scenario created by $1 trillion in natural gas riches that the government says could be generated over 30 years.
Keystone XL critics said they amassed more than 1 million comments against the pipeline to carry oil from Canada, showing what they called grassroots opposition to the $5.3 billion project across six U.S. states.
Keystone will "contribute dramatically" to global warming and pose an "unacceptable risk to water," according to a letter posted on the website of environmental group 350.org that visitors can electronically sign and submit to the State Department, which is reviewing the comments.
The department collected comments through yesterday on its draft environmental analysis that is seen favoring project supporters. Keystone foes said the level of opposition should give President Barack Obama cover to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)'s pipeline, which is backed by oil companies and labor groups as a source of jobs and greater U.S. energy security.
The U.S. environment regulator on Monday said the State Department must take a harder look at climate and other impacts of the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil sands pipeline before the Obama administration issues a final decision on the project.
The Environmental Protection Agency rated the State Department's 2,000-page March 1 draft review of the TransCanada Corp pipeline project as "insufficient," in a letter to department officials as a public comment period ended on Monday.
The agency's tough stance signals that unless the State Department addresses its concerns in a final review, it could create more hurdles for a $5.3 billion dollar project which has been pending for more than four years.