Baucus, Tester, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Plan to Approve Keystone AL Pipeline

Senators: "It's time to put Montanans to work on Keystone." Montana's U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester teamed up with the North Dakota delegation to introduce bipartisan legislation today to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The bill is building on momentum following a fourth favorable State Department environmental review indicating "no significant impact to the environment." Joining them as cosponsors on the bill are Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Mary Landrieu (D-La.), David Vitter (R-La.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and James Risch (R-Idaho).



Legislation offers new angle in battle over Keystone pipeline

Proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline flexed their muscle Wednesday at a congressional hearing over legislation to force approval of the long-delayed project. The hearing didn't discuss whether the legislation, which would eliminate a requirement that the pipeline receive a presidential permit, could overcome a likely White House veto or pass constitutional muster. Instead, its supporters touted the 1,179-mile line as a job creator that would lower oil prices.



Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined in 2012

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012 were the lowest in the United States since 1994, at 5.3 billion metric tons of CO2. With the exception of 2010, emissions have declined every year since 2007.



Baucus Announces ConocoPhillips CEO to Headline 6th Montana Economic Development Summit

Montana U.S. Senator Max Baucus joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce to kick off his 'Montana Solutions Jobs Tour' with stops in Harlowton and Billings today.



Keystone XL Pipeline Draws Broad Support

As the Obama administration approaches a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a national survey finds broad public support for the project.



European industry flocks to U.S. to take advantage of cheaper gas

The gap in natural gas prices has opened quickly, leaving companies that make investment decisions years in advance scrambling to catch up. As recently as 2007, U.S. natural gas prices were only about 20 percent lower than Europe's, not enough to fundamentally reshape markets.



Keystone XL pipeline public meeting set

On April 18, the Department of State will hold a public meeting about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. The purpose of this meeting is to give individuals an opportunity to express their views and provide comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) which was released on March 1.



Both sides agree on tough new fracking standards

Some of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies have made peace with environmentalists, agreeing to a voluntary set of tough new standards for fracking in the Northeast that could lead to a major expansion of drilling. The program announced Wednesday will work a lot like Underwriters Laboratories, which puts its familiar UL seal of approval on electrical appliances that meet its standards



Former EPA expert: States can control fracking rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has given Montana a golden opportunity to regulate "fracking," the technology behind the Bakken oil boom, a former EPA administrator said Tuesday. Federal officials have sat on the sidelines as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has prompted an oil-and-gas boom in the United States, said Winston Porter, a former EPA assistant administrator. Without federal involvement, rules for fracking are likely to be set by the states.



The New Truck Stop: Filling Up With Natural Gas for the Long Haul

All along the millions of miles of highways that crisscross North America, wheels are in motion to remake the truck stop.