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  • Federal permit approved on SunZia transmission line Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A proposed $2 billion transmission line that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West is one step closer to being in service after clearing its final federal hurdle. Jewell told the Associated Press in a telephone interview that New Mexico is blessed with sunshine and wind,...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Federal officials have issued a $1 million penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp. for safety violations stemming from a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River. Safety regulators said in part that Exxon Mobil had failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20- year-old Silvertip Pipeline...

  • The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents. The Department of Transportation order would make that improvement mandatory and require identical action where the line runs beneath the Poplar River in northeast Montana. The Yellowstone is a...

  • Budget Chairman promises GOP plan to balance in decade Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The new Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Thursday that he'll try to pass a fiscal blueprint this spring that will promise a balanced budget by the end of 10 years. But Enzi wouldn't say what he hopes to do with special budget legislation that can overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Enzi promised to pass such a...

  • Kellow named next CEO of coal-mining Peabody Energy Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Coal-mining Peabody Energy Corp. soon will have a new chief executive. The St. Louis- based company announced Thursday that Peabody's chief operating officer, Glenn Kellow, will succeed CEO Greg Boyce on May 4. Its U.S. operations include mines in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Tribes must insist the federal government honor its commitments to them and create partnerships with them based on deference, not paternalism, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday. Congress needs to update laws and regulations on energy, taxation and education to help tribes overcome those long-standing...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation's aging pipeline network. Keystone would cross the Yellowstone roughly 20 miles upstream of the Poplar Pipeline spill. In 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline break spilled 63,000 gallons of oil during flooding on the...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading U.S. pipeline Kinder Morgan Inc said on Wednesday it will enter North Dakota's Bakken shale with a $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm. "The Bakken is the one producing basin in which Kinder Morgan doesn't have a large presence,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Most U.S. states expect to hit their revenue targets this fiscal year, but at least six states say they could fall short, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Wednesday. Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Vermont all expect to miss their revenue forecasts, according to the report. New Mexico and Indiana are...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and...

  • Kinder Morgan to buy Hiland Partners for $3 billion Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Jan 21- Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and processing systems primarily in...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. North Dakota's private industry achieved a spectacular CAGR of 7.4 percent while Wyoming, Utah and...

  • Montana oil spill renews worries over pipeline safety Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:50 AM ET

    GLENDIVE, Mont.— Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. As residents of Glendive lined up at a distribution center to receive bottled water, officials took initial steps Tuesday to...

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural...

  • Oil spills in Yellowstone River after pipeline leak Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    Jan 19- Crews worked on Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana even as Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Poplar pipeline, which moves crude from Bakken basin to nearby hubs, was last inspected in 2012 and is at least 8 feet below the...

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk. Preliminary tests at the city's water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a...

  • Senators seek to capitalize on Nebraska wind energy Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 7:27 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— A group of Nebraska senators on Friday announced proposals aimed at boosting the state's wind energy production by offering tax incentives and reducing regulations for developers. The American Wind Energy Association ranks Nebraska fourth in the nation for wind energy resources, but the state still lags in the nationwide market.

  • US rig count plunges by 74 to 1,676 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 this week to 1,676.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count dove by 44, North Dakota dropped six, Oklahoma fell five, California and Wyoming each lost four and New Mexico declined by three. Arkansas, Kansas and West...

  • Study: $18B to divert Missouri River to irrigate farms Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 4:38 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Building a 360- mile aqueduct to reroute water from the Missouri River to irrigate crops in western Kansas where underwater stores are being exhausted would cost $18 billion and require an additional $1 billion each year to operate, a new draft report shows. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that building an aqueduct to transport excess...

  • BRISTOL, Va.— Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says president Paul Vining is resigning to become CEO of another coal-related company. Alpha says chief commercial officer Brian Sullivan and mining operations executive Keith Hainer will take on expanded responsibilities after Vining leaves. The company operates 60 affiliated coal mines throughout Virginia,...