Oil and Gas

3:27pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Environment

Denver Court Considers Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah Parks

KUNC file photo

A federal court in Denver Thursday heard oral arguments in an appeal by the oil and gas industry over dozens of disputed leases near national parks and monuments in Utah and Colorado.  Shortly after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar revoked many of the leases that were issued in the late hour of the Bush Administration.  It’s the latest clash between the Obama Administration and western oil and gas companies.

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4:00am

Thu January 19, 2012
Environment

Denver Court Hears Appeal Over Disputed Utah Leases

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A federal court in Denver this morning will hear the oil and gas industry’s appeal of a ruling by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that revoked dozens of drilling leases near national parks in Utah and Colorado.  The hearing follows an unsuccessful challenge to the move by many companies and Utah counties.

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10:01pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Politics

Rejected Pipeline Becomes Hot-Button Election Issue

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 6:17 pm

The Syncrude tar sands mine in Alberta, Canada. Alberta's tar sands would supply the oil for the prospective Keystone XL pipeline.
Todd Korol Reuters/Landov

President Obama rejected an application to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday. He blamed congressional Republicans, who had set a 60-day deadline for his administration to complete its review of the project.

Just minutes after Obama issued a statement denying the permit, Republican members of Congress lined up before TV cameras.

"I'm deeply, deeply disappointed that our president decided to put his politics above the nation," said Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska.

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3:31pm

Wed January 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Keystone: Dead Pipeline Lives On As Election Year Issue

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 3:47 pm

Now that President Obama has made his decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, an obvious question is what will it mean for the 2012 presidential election?

Obviously, no one really knows the answer to that though that won't stop weeks if not months of speculation.

The key to Keystone is, which side will have the most success in framing its case to enough voters for it to make a difference?

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10:06am

Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama Will Reject Keystone Pipeline Proposal

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 2:20 pm

Atkinson, Neb., rancher Bruce Boettcher, who opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, kicks up sand on his land, to demonstrate the fragility of the sandhills near the planned route of the pipeline.
Nati Harnik AP

Saying it did not have sufficient time to properly vet the proposal, the State Department said it would recommend rejecting a proposal by TransCanada to build a 1,700 mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas.

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