The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

Keystone consultant disclosed ‘conflict of interest’ to feds

The consulting firm that wrote a largely favorable environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline disclosed to the State Department work it did that led to allegations of a conflict of interest after it won the contract, according to newly released documents.
Scott Environmental Services operations manager Paul Kern, left, and supervisor Gumaro Herrera, test partially treated solid drilling waste. The company has developed processes for turning drilling waste into material for oil field roads and rig pads.

Q&A: Oil field leftovers don’t go to waste

Blake Scott, the founder and president of Scott Environmental Services, has developed a way to turn solid drilling waste into a material that can be used to pave oil field roads and rig pads.
Activists engage in civil disobedience Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the White House in Washington, D.C., in hopes of pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

Keystone XL pipeline records sought in Sierra Club suit

Keystone XL pipeline records are being sought by the Sierra Club in a lawsuit claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has to make public documents related to its review of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s project.
Demonstrators hold hands while surrounding the White House during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Police cite 29 protesters in Keystone demonstration

Authorities in San Francisco have cited more than two-dozen demonstrators for blocking entrances to the Federal Building in protest of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
About 60-70 environmental activists gather at the Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street, for a candlelight vigil urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. A State Department environmental impact statement issued Friday said the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadian oil sands to Gulf Cost refineries, would not increase carbon emissions because the oil will be extracted and transported by some method with or without the pipeline. Contact is spokeswoman for Houstonians Against Tar Sands Coalition Stephanie Thomas. Photo would be for FuelFix on Tuesday, possible print Wednesday or later.
ID: Dennis Euell, Erin Euell and Jim Williams pass around and sign a petition against the Keystone Pipeline.  
2/03/14 (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)

Keystone XL protesters hold vigil in downtown Houston

Dozens of environmental activists demonstrated at the Federal Building in downtown Houston Monday evening, calling on President Barack Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christie Craddick. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

State oil regulator warns warns operators about gas flares

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick said the agency is sending letters to operators Wednesday reminding them of the state’s natural gas flaring rules and warning that the state will enforce them.
(Photo: Zach Heller Photography)

Report: Fracking colliding with other water uses during drought

Hydraulic fracturing is competing for water in some of the driest regions of the U.S., including the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, according to a research paper released today by the nonprofit Ceres.
A sea of stacks, pipes and storage tanks are amassed along the Houston ship channel in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

EPA shifts greenhouse gas permitting to Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.
A crewman directs a pipe for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. The northern leg has not yet received approval from the Obama administration. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone report said likely to disappoint pipeline foes

The U.S. State Department is preparing to issue a report as soon as today that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to people briefed on agency discussions.
In Omaha, Neb., a protester raises signs opposing the Keystone XL pipeline in September 2010. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraskans resist Keystone, spurning TransCanada’s checks (video)

While Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. has signed agreements with property owners in Montana and South Dakota along the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed 1,179-mile route from Alberta, some families along the path through eastern Nebraska are holding out.