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September 15, 2014

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September 11, 2014

Enviro Groups Decry Enbridge Tar Sands Workaround

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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Conservation groups are outraged by the State Department’s acceptance of Enbridge’s move to increase shipment of Canadian oil derived from Alberta bituminous sand by moving heavy crude to another line to cross the border from Canada – but unlike with the Keystone XL Pipeline, there does not appear to be much recourse. Full story

Coal Production is Doing What?

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With coal job cuts grabbing the headlines, here are some unexpected facts on coal mining production and employment. Full story

September 10, 2014

Understanding Bakken Oil Flammability

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Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada’s Quebec province in July 2013. (François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Explosive train derailments in recent years have raised the question about the characteristics of Bakken crude oil. The Department of Transportation reported in July that Bakken oil could be more volatile than other types of crude produced in the United States. The popular usage of the term volatility causes confusion when talking about chemistry, even for some members of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee. Full story

August 25, 2014

Understanding Enbridge’s Oil Sands Pipeline Tactic From Canada

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A pipeline company intends to connect two pipelines in order to add more than 300,000 barrels per day of capacity to cross into the United States from Canada without waiting for the kind of permit that has hampered the Keystone XL Pipeline. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 10:14 a.m.
Oil, Transportation

August 8, 2014

Getting Electric Vehicles to Talk with the Grid

Electric vehicles could provide smart grid services that have been handled by conventional power plants. Automakers and utility groups took a step forward last week in an effort to systematize the communication between a charging plug-in electric vehicle, or PEV, and grid operators. Full story

August 5, 2014

Fuel Cells (Still) on the Rise

Though often scorned because they haven’t materialized as the energy-cure-all they were supposed to be, fuel cells have been getting a lot of recent attention, both as a power source for vehicles and for use in stationary backup power generation. Full story

August 4, 2014

Skirting Keystone XL Pipeline

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An oil tanker passes up the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish June 2008.
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As the Keystone XL pipeline lingers in legal limbo, companies are finding new ways beyond rail to move tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refiners in the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 3:39 p.m.
Oil, Transportation

July 23, 2014

Airline CEO Sees Refinery — and Cheaper Domestic Crude — as Big Advantages

Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson said Wednesday that his airline’s control of fuel costs gives it a significant advantage over its competitors.

“This quarter, we’re at $2.93 a gallon…. The industry average, excluding Delta, is $3.08. And we’ve been doing that quarter in and quarter out,” Anderson told CNBC in an interview.

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July 21, 2014

Tar Sands Oil Shipments Could Be Blocked by Maine City

The city council of South Portland, Maine, is expected to take a final vote Monday night on a measure to ban bulk loading of crude oil for export — a move that could block future shipments of Canadian tar sands oil from the port.

Full story

July 14, 2014

The Geopolitical Argument for Higher Gas Taxes

Congressional efforts to keep gasoline prices low are missing the big picture, says the head of the International Energy Agency. Full story

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