5 things you need to know about fracking

Fracking is short for "hydraulic fracturing," and the catch-all term used to describe the process of extracting oil and natural gas from shale rock formations deep underground. The process goes roughly like this: A company drills down more than a mile deep into the shale rock formations. Then comes what is known as "horizontal drilling" - effectively, the drilling turns 90 degrees, so that the well is exposed to more rock than it would be otherwise.



Guest Opinion: Odds on Canadian tote boards favor Keystone's completion

WASHINGTON --- A few days before President Barack Obama's second inauguration Clark Stevens, deputy White House press secretary, repeated to journalists a shopworn phrase:"the president is committed" to dealing with climate change issues and national energy needs. It is not what he said, but why he said it just then that may be of interest in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to the world's most abundant oil tar-sands reserves. Bogdan Kipling is a veteran Canadian journalist based in Washington. Readers may write to him c/o the National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20045; email: kipling.news@verizon.net.



Cheap Energy Could 'Re-industrialize' America

A new report paints a rosy picture of America's energy future and points to some surprising repercussions for a nation suddenly awash in cheap oil and gas.



What Opportunity Looks Like

The Montana Petroleum Association has recently launched a project called, "What Opportunity Looks Like." Folks all around Montana are benefiting immensely from the oil and gas activity happening in the Bakken and elsewhere in the Treasure State, and [they're] committed to sharing their stories.



Keystone XL is best way to get Bakken oil to market

As soon as Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman gave his support to a reroute of the Keystone XL oil pipeline through his state, the chorus of pipeline supporters resounded from Helena to Washington, D.C.



Gov. Bullock supports Keystone XL Pipeline

The following letter was sent by Gov. Steve Bullock to President Barack Obama on Jan. 23, 2013. I write to express my strong support for the Keystone XL Pipeline project. If responsible controls are put in place and long-term oversight of this project is ensured, I urge you to grant the Presidential Permit. I applaud you for giving such serious weight to the concerns of the State of Nebraska. Now that Nebraska has concluded its review and given its approval, I would ask that you give due consideration to Montana's concerns as well.



Betting on coal Crow Tribe signs 1.4B-ton coal deal with Cloud Peak Energy

CROW AGENCY --- Representatives of the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. signed an agreement Thursday for the potential development of 1.4 billion tons of coal. Hundreds of people in the Multipurpose Building in Crow Agency looked on as Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote and Cloud Peak CEO and President Colin Marshall signed the legal documents.



Senator Baucus Leads Keystone XL Letter to President Obama

Senator Max Baucus, along with North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, led the signing of a letter from 53 Senators to President Obama to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.



President Obama's own words turn up heat on Keystone decision

The president's call for action on climate change during Monday's inaugural speech puts his upcoming decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline in an even brighter spotlight -- pitting his pledge to tackle global warming against his stated commitment to an "all of the above" energy strategy.



53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) --- More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change. A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president's hands.