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Category: Legislation

Congress Gets Busy On Oil, Gas Issues

February 02, 2015 Posted by Chris Wysong

The newly elected Republican Congress is moving quickly in their effort to pass energy legislation that has been stuck in recent years. Congress Gets Busy On Oil, Gas Issues By: Alex Mills (Texas Allaince of Energy Producers) For the first time since Barack Obama became President, Republicans took control of the U.S. House and Senate, and they wasted no time in taking on some of the energy issues that have been languishing in the Congress for years. Senate Republicans made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Jan. 29. Senators voted 62-36 on the bill to bypass the Obama administrations delaying tactics on the Keystone XL, only 5 short of the number needed to override a presidential veto, which is expected. All Republicans present voted for the bill, as did nine Democrats. Approving the Keystone XL has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the

Posted in Legislation, Energy, Policy

Keystone XL needs new S.D. permits; may reignite debate

September 09, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

TransCanada plans to reapply for permits to build across South Dakota for the Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone XL President Corey Goulet says the process will be procedural, but others view this as an opportunity to reopen the debate in South Dakota, requiring more discussions and decisions before a final word can come on the project. Keystone XL needs new S.D. permits; may reignite debate By: Peter Harriman The Canadian company seeking to build the politically contentious Keystone XL pipeline plans to reapply for permits from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission within the next two weeks. TransCanada received permission from state utility regulators to build across South Dakota in 2010 but the original permits lapsed in June as the company continues to wait for White House approval. Keystone XL President Corey Goulet said in an interview Thursday that the process will be procedural rather than a new, in-depth review of the project. The Canadian company seeking to build

Posted in KeystoneXL, SouthDakota, Legislation

Nebraska court hears questions about Keystone XL pipeline plan

September 09, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

The Keystone XL pipeline is in its sixth year of debate, and Nebraskas Supreme Court is hearing argument about Governor Dave Heinemans 2012 decision to bless a route for the pipeline. The Courts decision will restart a bureaucratic process in both Nebraska and Washington. Nebraska court hears questions about Keystone XL pipeline plan By: Carson Vaughan LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Nebraskas Supreme Court heard arguments on Friday about whether Governor Dave Heineman acted properly when he blessed a route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and the courts decision could weigh on the controversial project. A lawyer for landowners who may be in the pipelines path hoped to persuade the seven-member panel that Heineman overreached and that a decision on the route should be left to an independent state agency. The 30-minute hearing played out in the courts somber wood-paneled chamber. Keystone opponents who watched the proceedings from an adjacent room, were not so subdued. It

Posted in Nebraska, Keystone, Legislation
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