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U.S. Senate committee easily approves Keystone bill

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Senate committee voted 13 to 9 Thursday to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama’s promise to veto it. 761 more words


Obama vows to veto Keystone bill

WASHINGTON – Rising hopes that a new Republican-controlled Congress could finally force the approval of Canada’s Keystone XL pipeline were dashed Tuesday as U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to veto a bill approving construction of the contentious oil pipeline. 940 more words


Crude Oil Train Explodes In North Dakota

Oil Train Collision In North Dakota Sets Off Fireball, Forces Evacuation In Casselton 

” A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train Monday afternoon, setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.”

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The Bakken Fields: A Broken Promised Land or Boomtown USA?

By now most Americans have heard of the controversial practice of “fracking” (or hydraulic fracturing); the process by which pressurized water and chemicals are used to break apart shale to extract trapped oil deposits. 1,090 more words

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Canada's 'Cushing moment': A northern pipeline crisis looms

By Scott Haggett

CALGARY – Oil traders still grappling with an unprecedented pipeline bottleneck in the U.S. Midwest that roiled global energy markets last year should beware: Canada may be next. 1,481 more words