Keystone XL Pipeline

Changing Course - TransCanada Corp has proposed an alternate route for the Keystone XL Pipeline



Gazette opinion: Pipeline can be approved in 2013 with new Neb. route

The process is painstaking, but much is at stake. The 875-mile pipeline through Eastern Montana ought to be approved in 2013. Obama could reassure pipeline supporters, which includes Montana's entire congressional delegation, by simply saying that the Nebraska reroute is progressing and if the appropriate state and federal agencies agree, he expects that a permit could be approved within months.



U.S. to become biggest oil producer - IEA

The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer before 2020, and will be energy independent 10 years later, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.



GUEST COLUMN: Offshore Energy Development Offers Huge Employment Potentioal

When the discussion turns to jobs, we would all do well to remember that there is an industry that is already creating good jobs in America. Freed from unnecessary constraints, the offshore energy industry is prepared to generate many more employment opportunities that will help turn around the American employment picture.



BNSF CEO says oil-by-rail hauling will continue, even with Keystone XL Pipeline

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will continue shipping millions of barrels of crude oil from the prolific Bakken oil play even if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built, BNSF's chief executive told a Billings audience.



Wyoming DEQ: Pavillion gas field air quality tests clean

Data from a monitor near the Pavillion natural gas field in central Wyoming showed no problems with air quality, according to results of a Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality study.



Montana oil lease sale could mark Bakken expansion

Bakken play may be moving into McCone County. Texas company buys up 75K acres of oil leases and has its eye on Garfield County, too.Sam Tallis of Shale Exploration says his company wants to amass leases on about 200,000 acres ub McCone anbd Garfield counties.



U.S. may soon become world's top oil producer

NEW YORK -- U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.



America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy

Across America's widening energy landscape, the economic impacts of unconventional oil and natural gas are increasingly discernible. These effects are visible within the energy value chain and are extending into the broader reaches of the US economy. The focus of this research series is to assess the evolving economic contributions of unconventional oil and natural gas development activity. This study seeks to quantify how unconventional activity creates economic value in the broader economy through an examination of the exploration and production activity.



Guest Opinion: Who will pay for development in oil boom towns?

Jerry Navratil, Sidney's city attorney writes a guest opinion in the October 20th Billings Gazette. Hw writes that this articel is not intended to be an argument against development. Nor is it in any way intended to disparage developers. They fulfill a need otherwise unmet when economic development from oil and gas exploration impacts a city. Large numbers of individuals are arriving at our doorstep, already working or seeking work in oil-related jobs and associated service providers in the community who are looking for the housing and the services that economic development can offer