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24 марта, 16:03

Trump administration grants permit for Keystone XL pipeline: TransCanada

(Reuters) - The United States has issued a presidential permit for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canadian company said on Friday, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and the industry over whether Washington should approve it.

24 марта, 14:57

State Department Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

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24 марта, 14:57

State Department Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump’s administration as expected has officially green lit the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon on Friday signed a presidential permit for the controversial project ahead of a Monday deadline for evaluating it. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, had recused himself from the process. The president is expected to make an announcement on the decision later Friday morning. The developer, TransCanada, confirmed the news in a move that would undo one of former President Barack Obama’s defining environmental decisions.  Trump has been a vocal cheerleader of the 1,700-mile pipeline to bring Canadian tar sands oil through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would link up with existing pipelines. Like other advocates for the project, the president has said it will create construction jobs and strengthen the country’s energy security. As an extra lift to American workers, Trump had previously promised the Keystone would be constructed with domestic steel. The administration earlier this month abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction.  Winning the support today of the Trump administration, though crucial, is not the final barrier TransCanada officials need to clear. The Nebraska Public Service Commission must also sign off on the plans for building there. Their review is expected to take months. Part of the fight there may hinge on the use of eminent domain. Some landowners are resisting orders to sell their property to TransCanada. The company has said it has agreements for more than 90 percent of the route on the U.S. side, according to The Washington Post.  Environmentalists opposing the project argue it will contribute too much to climate change, because extracting oil from tar sands is a particularly intensive process. The Sierra Club’s Lena Moffit, director of the organization’s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign, threatened to file lawsuits against the federal government, saying they’d possibly argue the Trump administration rushed through necessary environmental checks.  Soon after taking office, Trump signed an executive action that gave the State Department 60 days to issue an opinion on Keystone. That deadline is set to expire Monday.  Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015, after years of debate. He did so saying it was not in the national interest and that approving it would undercut the country’s leading role combating climate change.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 марта, 14:47

Trump administration greenlights Keystone Pipeline

The Trump administration granted a permit authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across the U.S. border Friday, reversing one of President Barack Obama's most controversial environmental policies.TransCanada announced it received the State Department permit. Now the company needs to receive approval of the pipeline's route through Nebraska from state regulators there, a process that could take several more months.White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Twitter that President Donald Trump would make an announcement about the pipeline at 10:15 Friday morning. During the presidential campaign, Trump had promised to approve the pipeline as part of a plan to boost U.S. energy production. And just days after taking office, Trump set a 60-day deadline for the State Department to decide whether to issue the permit for the project that will run nearly 1,200 miles across the U.S. and connect the oil sands fields in Alberta, Canada to the refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Obama administration had cited environmental concerns in rejecting the permit in 2015. That decision came after a massive campaign by environmental groups that turned the pipeline into a symbol of their fight against expanding the use of fossils fuels blamed for causing climate change.In a statement, Trump's State Department said it had considered foreign policy implications of the decision, as well as the nation's energy security, and the environmental, cultural, and economic impacts.But it was not immediately clear whether the State Department conducted any new studies into the possible environmental effects of Keystone. Supporting documents listed on the agency’s website from the EPA, DOE and Interior were all those from the previous study concluded in early 2015.A State Department spokeswoman declined to answer questions until after Trump’s planned announcement later this morning. If State reversed course on Obama’s Keystone permit denial without conducting new studies, it could open the permit up to litigation, according to Natural Resources Defense Council's Canada Project Director Anthony Swift. “This decision doesn't seem to have been made with a great deal of thoroughness," Swift said. "One would hope there would be a significant paper trail supporting their decision, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. State seems to have been put in a position that they would have to use the same information to reach an opposite conclusion. ”The oil industry hailed the news of the permit, with the Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute, saying the Keystone pipeline had been studied more than any other pipeline project in U.S. history, and that it "is critical to creating American jobs, growing the economy, and making our nation more energy secure.” TransCanada also said it will now drop the $15 billion NAFTA complaint that it filed last year in an attempt to recoup the money spent on developing the pipeline before the Obama administration blocked the project."We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure,” TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling said in a statement.

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24 марта, 14:30

Getting Up To Speed On The Keystone XL Pipeline

After years of foot-dragging, President Obama rejected TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Now it's back, and approval of the project is imminent.

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24 марта, 14:07

Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline at the White House on Friday, alongside the chief executive officer of builder TransCanada Corp, according to a senior administration official.

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24 марта, 13:08

TransCanada discontinues bankruptcy claim after receiving Presidential Permit to build Keystone pipeline

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24 марта, 13:07

TransCanada receives Presidential Permit to build Keystone XL Pipeline

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24 марта, 01:29

The State Department faces Monday deadlines on Keystone XL pipeline decision

TransCanada temporarily shelved a $15 billion arbitration case against the U.S. government Feb. 27 for a one-month period that expires Monday.

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24 марта, 01:16

The State Department faces Monday deadlines on Keystone XL pipeline decision

TransCanada temporarily shelved a $15 billion arbitration case against the U.S. government Feb. 27 for a one-month period that expires Monday.

24 марта, 00:28

Pioneer Natural Resources To Sell $266 Million Acreage Package

Pioneer Natural Resources signed a contract to sell a $266 million acreage package in Martin Country, Texas, to an undisclosed buyer, according to a new article by World Oil.Roughly 1,500 barrels per day of crude are currently produced on the land. By selling the productive land, Pioneer has continued its recent pattern of “high-grading” by selling its most valuable assets and keeping the rest.The sale, set to go into effect on January 1, 2017, will be subject to normal closing adjustments, which will occur by the end of April.Pioneer…

23 марта, 23:35

Algeria To Ramp Up Production By 14 Percent In Four Years

Algeria’s state oil company released plans to ramp up production by 14 percent by in four years while making massive investment in the nation’s struggling energy sector, according to a new report by The National. The Sonatrach Group has budgeted $9 billion for the 2017-2021 term to hunt for new oil and gas reserves in the North African country’s desert areas, according to Farid Djettou, the company’s foreign contracts head. By investing roughly $50 billion in the outlined period, Algeria will gain roughly 100 wells a year.…

23 марта, 23:29

U.S. State Department To Approve Final Keystone XL Permit Friday

The United States Department of State is set to approve on Friday the last permit necessary for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, according to sources who spoke to Reuters on Thursday.The pipeline’s road to becoming operational may still be lengthy, as states reserve the right to challenge the line’s construction. Nebraska, for example, has shown serious reservations about the project in the past.Former President Barack Obama blocked the project in 2015 after outcry from scores of environmental protestors. The same…

23 марта, 23:02

State Department Will Approve Keystone XL Pipeline: Report

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Department of State officials will recommend an approval for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as early as Friday,the Associated Press reports.  Such a move would reverse a 2015 decision by former President Barack Obama’s administration to block the project from transporting oil from Canada’s tar sands region across the Great Plains to Nebraska. A recommendation to approve the 1,700-mile pipeline will come from Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon the Associated Press reported, adding President Donald Trump would then formally issue his approval.  Environmentalists have argued the project, which is designed to carry 830,000 barrels of crude per day, would contribute to the release of excessive amounts of greenhouse gas. Republican supporters believe it would provide an economic boost with construction jobs and energy independence. Trump’s approval, however, would not be enough for TransCanada, the pipeline builder, to complete the project. The Nebraska Public Service Commission must also sign off on construction in the state and their review is expected to stretch into the fall. A spokesman for TransCanada was noncommittal when asked by The Huffington Post whether the company expected to be cleared for the next phase of construction.  “We do anticipate a decision by the State Department during the 60 days they have been given,” Terry Cunha said in an email. “At the moment, we continue to work with the Administration on our Presidential Permit application.” The 60-day timeline for review mentioned by Cunha expires on Monday.  President Donald Trump, in one of his earliest executive actions, had breathed new life and a fresh round of debate into the moribund project by inviting TransCanada to resubmit Keystone XL for review.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday only that the Trump administration would have an update Friday about the project.  ”We have no announcements regarding the Keystone XL decision, including timing,” a State Department spokeswoman said in a statement to HuffPost. The State Department has decision-making authority over the pipeline, because it cross the border with Canada.  Politico reported that it had verified the State Department’s intent with two unnamed sources, adding that the approval could come by Monday. Supporters and opponents of the project, however,  began issuing reactions to the anticipated approval “The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), co-chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force. “Encouraging the production of this oil, which includes Canadian tar sands – one of the dirtiest fuels in the world – is a huge step backward. Climate change is the challenge of our generation, and we need to be moving forward with policies to support clean energy.” The League of Conservation Voters said that the decision was disappointing, but not a surprise because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had for years worked for energy giant Exxon Mobil. “Of course, it comes as no surprise that a State Department run by the former CEO of Exxon Mobil and an administration rife with climate deniers who have acted against public health, the environment and the clean energy economy at every turn would make such a misguided decision,” the group said. “This pipeline is all risk and no reward, and we will continue to fight it every step of the way.” The Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director Lena Moffitt predicted that there would be reinvigorated opposition to the pipeline. Environmentalists demonstrated for years against the Keystone XL during the Obama administration and it has inspired movements seeking to thwart similar projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline.  “There’s a new reality when it comes to pipelines,” Moffitt told HuffPost. “These massive fossil fuel infrastructure projects don’t make sense.”  An energy expert for the conservative Heritage Foundation said the project is environmentally safe and will not contribute significantly to climate change.  “We look forward to the State Department’s approval of Keystone XL which will reestablish some certainty and sanity to a permitting process that was hijacked by political pandering,” Heritage Foundation energy expert Nick Loris wrote. “This is a shovel-ready infrastructure project that will create thousands of construction jobs and safely deliver more oil to American refineries, lowering prices at the pump for families. The phrase ‘better late than never’ certainly applies here.” Trump had touted a supposed extra economic benefit to American workers by promising that the Keystone XL, as well as the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, would be constructed with American steel. But the Trump administration revealed earlier this month that the made-in-America requirement doesn’t apply to the Keystone XL developer any longer. Only completely new pipelines must follow the rule. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 марта, 18:08

State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit

The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by Monday, reversing one of former President Barack Obama’s most politically charged environmental decisions, according to two sources with knowledge of the plan.The move by the State Department comes 16 months after Obama blocked construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, which would ship crude from Canada's western oil-sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipeline became the subject of major lobbying efforts by both oil industry supporters and environmental groups, which turned the project into the focus of their climate change campaigns.Undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon plans to sign the pipeline’s cross-border permit on or before Monday, the last day for the 60-day timeline that President Donald Trump ordered in January. Secretary of State and former Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson recused himself from the process.The approval, while long expected, will hand Trump a political victory and follows his promise to quickly approve the $8 billion project that developer TransCanada has sought to build for nearly a decade. Keystone XL has become as much a political totem as an infrastructure project. Republicans and oil industry backers have touted its economic benefits and the thousands of construction jobs it would create, while environmentalists warned the oil artery could pose huge spill risks and would stoke development in Alberta's oil sands region, unleashing a vast amount of the carbon dioxide that scientists say is causing climate change. The White House would not confirm the report, and spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing that he would have update on Keystone on Friday.While the permit will eliminate a crucial barrier for the pipeline, other hurdles still remain, including winning approval for the project in Nebraska and winning over landowners there who have denied it the right of way. The president and his administration also continue to struggle on another of his pipeline-related promises: Where the steel for the pipeline will come from. Trump as recently as this week continued to say that he would require TransCanada to use American-made steel to build the U.S.-side of the pipeline, despite the White House’s admission earlier this month that it would not hold Keystone XL to that standard.“If people want to build pipelines in the United States, they should use American steel and they should build it and create it right here,” Trump said at a Monday rally in Louisville, Ky. “That pipeline is going to be manufactured right here.” TransCanada has said roughly half of the steel for Keystone XL will come from the U.S. That steel will come from Welspun Tubular in Arkansas, a subsidiary of India-based Welspun Group. Even as it clears one major federal hurdle, TransCanada’s regulatory marathon now heads to the state level.The company still needs the approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission to approve the pipeline’s route through the state. The decision is expected in late September. Bold Alliance, a group that has protested the pipeline, is now seeking local residents to file as “intervenors” in the NPSC process in an effort to block route approval, said Jane Kleeb, the group’s president and Nebraska Democrat Party chair. In addition, the pipeline is likely to encounter delays from landowners in the state unhappy with the company’s use of eminent domain along the route, Kleeb said. TransCanada says 90 percent of landowners along the proposed route have signed voluntary easement approvals, but there are still holdouts.“We turn to our state, Nebraska, which has been the heart of the KXL resistance for the past seven years,” Kleeb said.

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17 марта, 18:19

Somali Pirates Release Oil Tanker Without Ransom

The Somali pirates that earlier this week hijacked a tanker shipping fuel from Djibouti to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, have released the vessel and the crew without receiving any ransom, media report. Though unusual, the happy ending comes after intense negotiations between the hijackers, clan elders from the semi-autonomous Puntland region where the crew was held, and the Somali marine force, and even gunfire on Thursday. According to Reuters, a pirate said the release of the eight-strong Sri Lankan crew without insisting on a ransom came…

17 марта, 00:47

Oil Prices Poised For Weekly Gain Ahead Of U.S. Rig Count Report

Oil prices were advancing on Friday morning in a relatively calm trade, as a weaker dollar was helping oil futures set the stage for a weekly gain after last week’s sharp drop. As of 9:07AM (ET) on Friday, WTI Crude traded up 0.59 percent at $49.04, while the price of Brent was up 0.50 percent at $52. On Wednesday this week, oil prices finally looked up after the EIA reported a slim decline in record inventories, but still, a first drawdown in 10 weeks – even if a mere 200,000 barrels. Also on Wednesday, the International Energy Agency…

16 марта, 20:45

European Parliament Rejects Motion To Totally Ban Arctic Drilling

The European Parliament rejected on Thursday a proposal to call upon the European Union to work for a total ban of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted 414 to 180 to reject a non-binding motion calling for the member states and the European Commission to work with international organizations towards “a future total ban on the extraction of Arctic oil and gas”. The legislators, however, backed language that said that they “call for a ban on ‘oil drilling in the icy Arctic…

08 октября 2012, 19:40

Проект Аляска-Азия по экспорту СПГ в $65 млрд

Консорциум, состоящий из ряда крупных нефтяных компаний, продолжает активно разрабатывать грандиозные планы по созданию инфраструктуры для транспортировки сжиженного природного газа из Аляски в Азию. В марте этого года консорциум Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips и BP PLC в сотрудничестве с TransCanada уже объявлял о начале разработке проекта экспорту СПГ из Аляски в Азию. Тогда компании оценили его в $40 млрд. Теперь аппетиты компаний существенно выросли, и речь идет уже о проекте, чья стоимость может составить от $45 млрд до $65 млрд. В данный проект будет входить строительство газопровода длиной почти в 1300 км от газовых месторождений, расположенных на северном склоне Аляски до побережья с пропускной способностью в 3-3,5 млрд куб. м в день. На побережье будет построен завод по сжижению природного газа, а также терминалы по хранению и отгрузке газа для его последующей транспортировки на азиатские рынки. Согласно заявлениям участвующих сторон проект окажет серьезное влияние не только на экономику самой Аляски, но также и на строительный сектор США. По прогнозам компаний, в целом потребуется 1,7 млн метрических тонн стали, а также 15 тыс. рабочих в пик строительства. В целом проект Аляска-Азия по экспорту сжиженного природного газа может стать одним из самых дорогостоящих проектов в отрасли во всем мире. Он обойдется в 7-10 раз дороже, чем аналогичный проект на побережье Мексиканского залива, предложенный компанией Cheniere Energy. Кроме того, скорее всего, он будет стоить дороже, чем проект по сжижению и транспортировке природного газа из месторождения Gorgon на шельфе Австралии, в 160 км к северо-западу от континента. Стоимость этого проекта изначально оценивалась в $37 млрд, но затем выросла до $43 млрд, вынудив Chevron начать пересмотр запланированных затрат. Запуск проекта Gorgon планируется в 2014 г. Проект Аляска-Азия нуждается в одобрении как местных, так и федеральных властей. Причем одобрение должно быть получено не только на строительство, но и на экспорт газа в другие страны. Президент Обама уже заявил, что не станет одобрять новые проекты по экспорту природного газа, пока Министерство энергетики не представит доклад, который бы обосновывал их экономическую эффективность. Министерство уже неоднократно откладывало выпуск данного доклада. В случае если проект будет одобрен, на его строительство, по ряду оценок, может уйти более 10 лет. Что интересно, эта идея отнюдь не нова: она появилась еще в начале 1980-х гг. Компания Yukon Pacific в 1982 г. также предложила проект с очень схожими условиями. Его первоначальная стоимость тогда разнилась от $14 млрд до $18 млрд. Однако ему так и не суждено было реализоваться по ряду причин, в основном экономического характера.