12.15.12

Montana reviews pipeline easement request

HELENA -- The Montana Land Board is preparing to sell easements to a Canadian company so that the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline can run through the state as it crosses some of Montana's most important rivers. The board meets Monday to consider selling 50-year easements to TransCanada for $741,000. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said it believes the up-front payment is the fair market value for such a lease and similar to what private landholders are getting

 

12.13.12

Montana Land Board to act on oil pipeline easements

Members of the Montana Land Board on Monday will consider granting easements across state land where TransCanada Keystone Pipeline plans to bury a 36-inch oil pipeline.

 

12.12.12

Steve Everley Interview by Aaron Flint

On Thursday, Dec. 13th, Voices of Montana Host Aaron Flint will be sitting down with industry leader Steve Everley to get the inside scoop on energy and natural resource development.

 

12.05.12

Neb. pipeline plan discussed

ALBION, NEB. -- At the lone Nebraska public hearing on the revised plan for an oil pipeline through the state, the multitude of speakers sounded familiar refrains for and against the project.

 

12.04.12

Liquefied natural gas exports will help, not harm economy, environment

As our nation's leaders work to improve our nation's struggling economy, there is one opportunity we cannot overlook: a responsible exports policy. U.S. Senators and Representatives from across the country have voiced their support for natural gas exports as a unique American opportunity that will create jobs and strengthen our energy security.

 

12.04.12

Pipeline proponents respond to Myths and Misinformation

Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline recently held a public forum in York to dispel what they call "myths and misinformation" being dispersed by anti-pipeline groups.

 

11.29.12

Optima Sees Fracking Increasing Specialty Steel Demand

Demand for specialty-steel products used in hydraulic fracking is poised to continue rising next year as energy companies step up exploration and production in shale-rock formations, Optima Specialty Steel Inc. said. Optima's sales of steel tubing to natural gas producers have climbed 15 percent in 2012, and a similar increase is forecast for 2013, said Kevin Stevick, chief executive officer of the closely held company. Growth at the Miami-based company is coming from fracking in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, he said.

 

11.26.12

Mississippi company to assemble oil sand equipment in Montana

GREAT FALLS -- A Mississippi company has announced plans assemble equipment for Canadian oil sands projects in northwestern Montana.

 

11.21.12

Natural Gas Research 'Space Race' Is On

It has taken a couple of years for the energy industry to acknowledge a new reality: Natural gas availability is soaring in contravention of forecasting models that have been in use for decades, and the fuel is set to transform everything from power generation and transport to chemicals and even the trade deficit.

 

11.20.12

Industry Vet Sets Sights on Marcellus 2.0

In the latter part of the previous decade, attractive natural gas wellhead prices and technological advances in exploiting shale formations prompted an exodus to Appalachia. Some of the companies flocking to the Marcellus shale formation and its enormous store of natural gas willingly paid landowners several thousand dollars per acre merely to stake their claim and, when the time was right, flip their leaseholdings for a handsome profit to another speculator or to an operating company.