Widening of gas pipeline to Kitimat wins approval – Calgary Herald – Proponents of what could be Canada’s first liquefied natural gas export terminal have won an application. – www.calgaryherald.com/business/energy…/story.html
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For Florida industries that rely on natural gas as a feedstock, the decline in price has been a welcome reprieve, helping agricultural producers and manufacturers and breathing new life into our state’s fertilizer industry. For the benefits to these important industries alone, Floridians should be hailing the new energy renaissance. But there is an even larger reason why Florida consumers should be paying attention to fracking issues — their own utility bills.
The transportation bill sturm und drang of the past week may have been enough to give lobbyists indigestion, but it’s the sort of brush-clearing necessary before the leadership engages on the thorniest issue: Keystone. The white-hot fight over the Keystone XL pipeline has seemingly been set to simmer while transportation wonks trade paper on policy issues. But that’s largely because of the feeling that the leadership won’t engage on the bill’s most-controversial item — Keystone — until everything else looks greased.
Representatives from the oil and gas pipeline industry gathered in Bismarck Thursday to discuss ongoing industry efforts to expand capacity in North Dakota. More than 100 industry and state officials met for the North Dakota Governor’s Pipeline Summit. Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the increase in oil production has been extremely rapid, making additional pipeline capacity vitally important.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple urged pipeline industry officials Thursday to quickly — and safely — expand North Dakota’s pipeline network to keep pace with record production in the state’s booming oil patch. "No single thing will do more to reduce human impacts of rapid oil development than pipelines," Dalrymple said. "Build more. … Do it as fast as you can. "But the governor cautioned companies to pursue the projects safely and correctly.
Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod and did so amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety, according to FAA documents obtained by the project’s opponents. The FAA ultimately decided that the key to safety was modifying the existing radar system at a nearby airfield, rather than ordering an extensive replacement, as recommended by its technical operations team.
The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator on Thursday completed a two-day visit to the rigs and emergency equipment Shell plans to use in drilling up to five wells in Arctic waters near Alaska this summer. After a seven-year quest, the company is closer than ever to launching its drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas and now is awaiting just one final set of permits from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement before it can begin the work as soon as next month. Bureau director James Watson stressed that his tour of the rigs in Seattle on Wednesday and his visit to see emergency spill containment equipment in Portland, Ore. on Thursday will be followed by rigorous inspections and tough scrutiny.