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Lawmakers question Missoula megaload permits, fees

HELENA - A panel of Montana lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Missoula's requirement that companies pay $309 for a permit to move a megaload of oil-refinery equipment through the city, on top of the permit and fees already required by the state.

February 18, 2014 3:36 pmLoading…
71-year-old Missoula woman arrested for blocking megaload

71-year-old Missoula woman arrested for blocking megaload

MISSOULA — A 71-year-old Missoula woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for peacefully protesting on Reserve Street as a megaload of oilfield equipment passed by early Wednesday.

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Keystone XL pipeline prepares for start-up of southern section

Keystone XL pipeline prepares for start-up of southern section

About 3 million barrels of crude are being loaded into the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline as operators prepare to start operations next month, even as environmental critics continue to assail the safety of the project and lament legal setbacks that allowed the project to move forward.

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ConocoPhillips: At a glance

— Split off in April 2012 from Phillips 66, which owns the Billings refinery. That split reversed a 2002 merger of the two oil giants.

September 27, 2013 3:03 pmLoading…
Obama links Keystone approval to carbon emissions

Obama links Keystone approval to carbon emissions

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution.

June 25, 2013 5:42 pmLoading…

Gov. Mead to travel to Canada next week

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead and several business leaders from Wyoming will travel to Canada next week in hopes of strengthening and forging new trade opportunities.

June 07, 2013 5:50 pmLoading…
BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Seven conservation groups have notified the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency for making more than 1,200 square miles available for potential oil shale and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

May 29, 2013 3:02 pmLoading…
U.S. House passes GOP bill to speed Keystone XL pipeline approval

U.S. House passes GOP bill to speed Keystone XL pipeline approval

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed through a bill Wednesday to bypass the president to speed approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Democrats criticized the legislation as a blatant attempt to allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review.

May 22, 2013 9:12 pm Photos

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A boost to manufacturing: Bay Ltd. begins hiring after landing a new contract

A boost to manufacturing: Bay Ltd. begins hiring after landing a new contract

Bay Ltd., which has been supplying the Canadian oil sands with steel structures fabricated in Billings while also helping revitalize local manufacturing, has begun hiring workers after landing a major new contract.

May 15, 2013 4:56 pmLoading…
Bay Ltd. lands new contract, begins hiring in Billings

Bay Ltd. lands new contract, begins hiring in Billings

Bay Ltd., a Texas-based company that has been supplying the Canadian oil sands with steel structures fabricated at its Billings plant, has begun hiring workers after landing a new contract.

May 09, 2013 3:30 pmLoading…

BLM offers options on oil shale royalty rates

DENVER — Federal officials are looking at options for setting royalties for commercial oil shale development, including implementing sliding-scale royalties or giving the interior secretary authority to set a higher rate than a 12.5 percent minimum rate if it's deemed appropriate.

March 22, 2013 4:34 pmLoading…
State Dept: No major objections to Keystone XL pipeline

State Dept: No major objections to Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday raised no major objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and said other options to get the oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries are worse for climate change.

March 01, 2013 4:35 pmLoading…
TransCanada: Pipeline would not affect climate

TransCanada: Pipeline would not affect climate

WASHINGTON — In a shift in strategy, the company that wants to build an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas said Tuesday that the project will have no measurable effect on global warming.

February 19, 2013 4:13 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Odds on Canadian tote boards favor Keystone’s completion

WASHINGTON — A few days before President Barack Obama’s second inauguration Clark Stevens, deputy White House press secretary, repeated to journalists a shopworn phrase: “the president is committed” to dealing with climate change issues and national energy needs.

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53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change.

January 23, 2013 4:40 pm Photos

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Bay Ltd. reduces workforce at Billings fabrication plant

Bay Ltd. reduces workforce at Billings fabrication plant

A Texas company that has been fabricating equipment used in Canada’s oil sands at a Billings manufacturing plant has apparently sent temporary workers home as the project winds down.

January 04, 2013 8:05 pmLoading…

From the Editor: Energy advocates say innovation will bring a brighter future

If you’re old enough to remember block-long lines at gas stations during the 1970s energy crisis, you witnessed the  widespread frustration and a sense of helplessness that swept across the country.

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Mississippi company to assemble oil sand equipment in Montana

Mississippi company to assemble oil sand equipment in Montana

GREAT FALLS — A Mississippi company has announced plans assemble equipment for Canadian oil sands projects in northwestern Montana.

November 26, 2012 9:48 amLoading…

Another oilfield equipment assembly plant planned

GREAT FALLS — A north-central Montana economic development company says a second oilfield equipment assembly facility is planned for the Bynum area.

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U.S. limits oil shale development in Rocky Mountains

U.S. limits oil shale development in Rocky Mountains

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of the Interior scaled back a Bush administration plan Friday to lease Western rangelands for development of oil shale and tar sands, the unconventional sources of oil found in pockets of the Rocky Mountains.

November 09, 2012 6:03 pmLoading…

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