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  1. Oil Pipeline: Canada PM approves controversial pipeline to Pacific Coast

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to hold a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Trudeau has approved one controversial pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast, but rejected another. On Tuesday, he approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline to Burnaby, British Columbia, but rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, B.C. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday approved one controversial pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast, but rejected another. He approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline to the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, British Columbia , but rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, B.C. These are the first major pipeline decisions for Trudeau, whose Liberal government is trying to balance the oil industry's desire to tap new markets in Asia with environmentalists' concerns. "The project will triple our capacity to get Canadian energy resources to international markets beyond the United States," Trudeau said at an Ottawa news conference. "We took this decision today because we believe it is in the best interests of Canada." Alberta, which has the world's third largest oil reserves, needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. Approving Trans Mountain helps diversify Canada's oil exports. Ninety-seven percent of Canadian oil exports now go to the U.S. "We are getting a chance to sell to China and other new markets at better prices," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said. "And we're getting a chance to reduce our dependence on one market and therefore be more economically independent." Houston-based Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to Vancouver Harbour in Burnaby will increase the capacity of an existing pipeline from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. But there remains opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia, the birthplace of the Greenpeace environmental movement. There is no guarantee it will get built despite Trudeau's approval as it faces strong opposition from environmentalists and indigenous leaders. Vancouver, B.C. Mayor Gregor Robertson said he was profoundly disappointed by Trudeau's decision and said it would bring seven times the number of oil tankers to Vancouver's waters. Interim federal opposition Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said she supports the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, but doubts it will be built because of the opposition. Trudeau rejected the Northern Gateway project to northwest British Columbia which passes through the Great Bear Rainforest. Northern Gateway would have transported 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry China. About 220 large oil tankers a year would have visited the Pacific coast town of Kitimat. The fear of oil spills is especially acute in the pristine corner of northwest British Columbia, with its snowcapped mountains and deep ocean inlets. Canadians living there still remember the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off an Alaska export hub. 1989. Trudeau also promised to introduce legislation for a moratorium on crude oil tanker shipping on B.C.'s north coast. "The Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a pipeline and the Douglas Channel is no place for oil tanker traffic," Trudeau said. Northern Gateway was approved by the previous Conservative government but a federal appeals court blocked it, ruling that aboriginal communities had not been adequately consulted. That put the decision on Northern Gateway in Trudeau's hands. Trudeau also approved a lesser known Enbridge pipeline replacement called Line 3 that will carry oil from Alberta to the U.S. Midwest. That pipeline will carry oil from Alberta, through northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The Line 3 project would nearly double the existing pipeline's volume to 760,000 barrels a day. Notley said Trans Mountain and Line 3 are critical to the oil-rich province's economic future. The importance of Trudeau's decisions on pipelines only grew after the Obama administration turned down TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline that would have taken Alberta oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast. President-elect Donald Trump has expressed support for Keystone XL. Trudeau noted that more oil would end up being transported by rail if more pipelines are not built. There have been a number of accidents involving oil trains during the past decade in the U.S. and Canada. The worst occurred in 2013 when a runaway train derailed and set off fires that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  2. Energy reform bill compromise stalled, House committee official says

    Prospects for a joint US House-Senate conference to send compromise energy-reform legislation to the White House before yearend are growing dim because so many significant disagreements have remained unresolved, a House Natural Resources Committee official said.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  3. Oil News: Duke company agrees to plead guilty in Ohio River oil spill

    Federal authorities say a Duke Energy subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to negligent discharge of fuel oil and pay a $1 million fine plus restitution for a 2014 spill into the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

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    Thu, 24 Nov 2016

  4. Duke Energy unit to plead guilty in Ohio River oil spill

    Duke says it has already paid nearly $1 million in restitution

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  1. Oil and Gas: City eyes key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  2. Oil and Gas: Drill, baby, drill? Election reignites offshore-oil debate

    The controversy over drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean has been reignited by the election of Donald Trump, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president.

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    Thu, 24 Nov 2016

  3. Army Corps of Engineers defers Dakota Access decision for more talks

    The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it completed its study of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline project and will conduct further discussions and analysis before reaching a decision on whether to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross Lake Oahe in North Dakota near Standing Sioux ...

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016

  4. Coal News: Train collision in Florida injures 2; mangles train cars

    Authorities say two trains loaded with coal and phosphate rock collided in central Florida, derailing and sending at least 20 train cars tumbling over.

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  5. Oil and Gas: Army Corps wants more study on Dakota Access oil pipeline

    The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday said it has finished a review of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline but wants more study and tribal input before deciding whether to allow it to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

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    Wed, 16 Nov 2016

  6. Oil and Gas: BP to lay off up to 80 employees from Indiana plant

    One of northwest Indiana's largest and most stable industrial employers is planning to lay off up to 80 employees amid a global slump in the oil business.

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    Fri, 18 Nov 2016

  7. Oil and Gas: Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives

    President-elect Donald Trump has not minced words about his approach to environment and energy policy: He loathes regulation and wants to increase the use of coal, offshore drilling and fracking.

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    Sat, 12 Nov 2016

  8. Oil and Gas: Louisiana official defends fish testing after oil spill

    A former Louisiana Cabinet official is fending off criticism about the way he managed a program to ensure seafood from the Gulf of Mexico was safe to eat after a massive oil spill in 2010.

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    Tue, 25 Oct 2016

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