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Minnesota regulators to make some key pipeline decisions

Enbridge pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meets Thursday to make some important decisions on how it will proceed with Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota across Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The decisions will also affect Enbridge’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to ...

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1st US tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah

BOOK CLIFFS, Utah — On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. The impending opening of the nation’s first tar sands mine has become another front in ...

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Keystone XL oil pipeline: What you need to know about the dispute; a Q&A

One of the biggest environmental controversies of the Obama administration got locked up in Congress again this week, when the Republican-controlled Senate failed to override President Barack Obama’s recent veto of legislation that would have forced a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. From the halls of Congress to courthouses in heartland states, the project has created a stark divide. ...

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Editorial: Veto: Wrong response on pipeline

If he vetoes the Republican attempt to force him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, President Barack Obama will be making a mistake. Not because he’s rejecting an overreaching Congress. He is and should, though he’ll likely have plenty of other opportunities through next year. The president is making a mistake because he continues to dither about an issue that ...

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Senate heads toward approval of Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate is moving toward passage of a bipartisan bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move defies a veto threat and sets up the first battle with the White House over energy and the environment. The Senate plans to vote later Thursday. It’s the first measure taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate, and one of ...

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Fact check: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

WASHINGTON — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming ...

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Editorial: Stuck on the pipeline

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama tweaked Republicans for their championing so vigorously the Keystone pipeline project. “Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,” he nudged. Good idea, if the objective is a comprehensive plan to update the nation’s public works, including broadband. Worthy, too, is the notion that if the pipeline ...

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Keystone Pipeline bill passes House, moves to Senate

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said earlier this month that he believed the Republican majority would start pushing legislation across the table the following week. That’s why the House passage of the Keystone XL pipeline bill comes as no surprise, although getting it through the Senate and approved by President Barack Obama will remain a challenge. Considered a Republican-led effort, ...

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