Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird (L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade walk after conducting a press conference at the US State Department during the North America Trilateral Ministerial meetings in Washington. ( AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)

Kerry: No rush to decide on Keystone XL pipeline

Kerry said “a lot of questions” have been raised on the 1,700-mile pipeline proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada. He said the questions require answers.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaks at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Washington Thursday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Canada: Yes or no? Just make a call on Keystone XL

President Barack Obama is expected to decide early this year.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell speaks in Houston in 2013. (James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Agreement spells out Alaska gas pipeline project terms

A newly signed commercial agreement anticipates Alaska’s equity share in a major natural gas pipeline project at about 20 to 25 percent
Storage tanks at Kinder Morgan's BOSTCO terminal project on the Houston Ship Channel. (source: Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan earnings jump 26 percent in fourth quarter

Earnings for Kinder Morgan Energy Partners jumped 26 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, capping up a year of major growth for the business, the company reported Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

New regulations for oil on rail cars to come in 2015

Regulations that could force oil companies to use stronger rail cars to move crude will likely be ready in 2015, according to a schedule published Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Consumers, Environment Benefit from Efficient Infrastructure

Our nation’s infrastructure is no longer able to efficiently deliver energy to our nation’s consumers. Bottlenecks and aging systems result in efficiency losses, driving up the ultimate cost to the consumer. Identifying the root of the problem isn’t hard. We know excess oil in North Dakota or wind power in Iowa does not have sufficient […]
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Senator: Rail accidents put spotlight on pipeline needs (video)

Fiery explosions involving oil-carrying trains help make the case for Keystone XL and other new pipelines to transport the crude, Republican Sen. John Hoeven says.
A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday, Dec 30, 2013, in Casselton, N.D. The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

Federal probe details events in fiery train oil spill

Federal investigators said Monday that 18 rail cars carrying oil were punctured when they derailed during a crash and explosion in December that spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell speaks in Houston in 2013. (James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Alaska unveils new way forward on gas line

Gov. Sean Parnell said he would seek legislative approval for a new agreement with TransCanada .
A train derailed and caught fire west of Casselton, N.D., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Ken Pawluk)

North Dakota delegation to meet with officials on derailment

Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say they plan to press federal officials for more information about a tanker derailment and fiery explosion outside of Casselton.