08.23.13

People Are Talking About: Energy

Here are the top five energy stories from FreeEnterprise.com: As U.S. oil production booms, 218 miles of Keystone XL pipes go unused. That's crazy.

 

08.21.13

More Shale Energy Means More Energy Security

Unconventional shale energy development is a major contributor to improved American energy security according to the 2013 Energy Security Index published by the U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy. The 2012 total Index score fell to 95.3 from 102.0. The Index measures 36 metrics in four categories; geopolitical; economi; reliabilit;; and environmental.

 

08.17.13

Governor visits 1st injection oil wells

Gov. Steve Bullock joined oil company officials Friday to laud the state's first production carbon dioxide injection oil field as a big step forward.

 

08.16.13

Why is $200 Million Worth of Pipe sitting in a North Dakota Field?

"There's millions worth of pipe sitting on the ground when it should be in the ground," Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) told Harder. $200 million of pipe to be exact. That pipe should be part of the Keystone XL pipeline moving Canadian heavy crude from oil sands and Bakken crude from hydraulic fracturing to refineries on the Gulf Coast. But President Obama refuses to approve Keystone XL even though it'll create thousands of jobs, help state and local economies, and improve energy security while having minimal environmental impact.

 

08.13.13

North Dakota Oil Boom Seen Adding Cost For Rail Safety

Crude oil shipped by railroad from North Dakota is drawing fresh scrutiny from regulators concerned that the cargo is adding environmental and safety hazards, something that analysts say could raise costs. The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration is investigating whether chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing are corroding rail tank cars and increasing risks. Separately, three pipeline companies including Enbridge Inc. (ENB) warned regulators that North Dakota oil with too much hydrogen sulfide, which is toxic and flammable, was reaching terminals and putting workers at risk

 

08.12.13

Montana's "unique landscape" needs to be part of climate change discussion

Read how Senator Jon Tester, Max Baucus and Representative Steve Daines answered the question: What are your perspecives on the president's recently announced climate change plans?

 

08.02.13

Pipeline to take oil to Eastern Canada

Pipeline company TransCanada said Thursday it will proceed with a $12 billion plan to pipe 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Western Canada to the country's Atlantic coast - moving enough oil to replace all imports in Eastern Canada and still have enough left for exporting crude overseas. The announcement of the Energy East pipeline comes as TransCanada faces stiff environmental opposition to its proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to refineries in Texas. President Barack Obama's initial rejection of Keystone XL went over badly in Canada, which relies on the U.S. for 97 percent of its energy exports.

 

07.23.13

Credit Baucus for taking on tax reform

Sen. Max Baucus has taken on the gargantuan task of reforming our nation's tax code. If done right, it could turn out to be the most significant accomplishment of his career. But with well-established special interest groups standing in the way, it might be more likely that we just get more of the same, or worse yet, a bad deal for Montana.

 

07.19.13

DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn't taint water

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.

 

05.20.13

Gazette Opinion: Lawmakers can still help region impacted by oil boom

With the Bakken drawing people to Eastern Montana, demand is far outstripping small towns' capacity for sewer, water, streets, law enforcement and other public services. House Bill 218 was passed by the 2011 Legislature to help local governments impacted by oil-and-gas development improve public infrastructure and services that are being overwhelmed by throngs of new residents and businesses. Sponsored by Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, HB218 passed the Senate 48-2 and the House 93-6. Those lawmakers who supported HB218 in April must vote for it again by June 10 so it can become law. Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed this popular legislation, along with numerous other spending bills in his effort to maintain a $300 million balance in the state’s checking account at the end of the next biennium in summer 2015.