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Federal advisory warns against pipeline reversals

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In a recent advisory, federal regulators are warning that reversing the flow of oil and gas pipelines or changing the product they carry could have a major impact on a line’s safety and integrity. This is the first time the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation, has formally warned the industry about ...

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Winona supports new state standards for silica sand

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WINONA – The city of Winona is believed to be the first Minnesota city or county to offer an official opinion on controversial regulation of the booming silica sand industry since the Legislature ordered the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to create state standards last session. The Winona City Council voted 5-1 Monday night to approve a five-paragraph resolution that supports ...

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BP money benefits Coastal Bend conservation projects

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CORPUS CHRISTI — More than 600 acres of Coastal Bend wildlife habitat was added to the list of Texas benefits from criminal settlements stemming from the BP oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced. Awards totaling more than $2.8 million for Coastal Bend projects follow a previously announced acquisition of the 17,000-acre Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County, destined ...

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After Keystone, Landrieu faces tougher re-election

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, turns from a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

BATON ROUGE, La. — A failed effort to push approval of the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress behind her, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu now faces an even greater challenge to win a runoff election next month. After narrowly leading the field on Nov. 4 as her party lost control of the Senate, Landrieu had pinned her bid for re-election on ...

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Keystone controversy: Is Canadian dilbit the “dirtiest” oil out there?

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As the vote to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline headed to the Senate floor yesterday, researchers with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard have released new data on the ‘cleanliness’ of North America’s ‘dirty’ oil, and the results may surprise you. Before I unveil the results of the study, let’s backtrack ever-so-slightly and bring back an issue relevant to the findings of ...

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Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., , left, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. “I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said ...

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At long last, the Senate reaches a Keystone XL vote

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The United States Senate voted Tuesday evening to kill the Keystone XL pipeline measure with a final vote count of 59 in favor to 41 opposed. The senate began the six hour debate on bill S. 2280 early Tuesday morning. Sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), the vote would approve the construction of the Keystone ...

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Judge to consider request for fracking injunction

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A southern Illinois judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by landowners to stop high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state. Madison County Judge Barbara Crowder on Tuesday will consider residents’ request for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of new state rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The lawsuit claims the ...

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Supporters of oil pipeline scramble for last vote

FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo, a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb., along the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. With the clock ticking, supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find the last vote.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking, supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are scrambling to find the last vote. With 59 Senators publicly voicing support, the hunt was on for the 60th vote before a critical vote Tuesday to advance the measure. Maine independent Sen. Angus King left the possibility open, telling reporters he was ...

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Key vote on Keystone XL set today

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The Senate will vote today on a bill to pass the Keystone XL pipeline project, with Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet holding one of the deciding votes in the matter. In the past, Bennet has voted in favor of the pipeline. Bennet’s communications assistant Erin McCann confirmed that Bennet is expected to support the pipeline bill again. But he also has ...

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