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.
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.
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.
— Split off in April 2012 from Phillips 66, which owns the Billings refinery. That split reversed a 2002 merger of the two oil giants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GREAT FALLS — A Mississippi company has announced plans assemble equipment for Canadian oil sands projects in northwestern Montana.
GREAT FALLS — A north-central Montana economic development company says a second oilfield equipment assembly facility is planned for the Bynum area.
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.