Category: Transportation

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

The petition was filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics.  More »

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  More »

Lawmakers weigh in on debate about natural gas labels

Policymakers are trying to figure out how to measure consumer natural gas fuels.  More »

Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]  More »

Shale shifting flows at America’s biggest oil port

With domestic production at a 28-year high, LOOP’s managers are thinking the previously unthinkable: They want to reverse the flows and send North American oil out as well as take foreign oil in.  More »

Phillips 66 increases capital budget, approves more buybacks

Refining and midstream giant Phillips 66 announced that it would increase its 2014 capital budget by $1.2 billion this year in order to fund its liquefied petroleum gas project as well as a recent acquisition.  More »

Diesel demand projected to soar on economic growth

Economic growth in the United States will cause demand for diesel to rise over coming decades, even as gasoline use continues a steady decline, according to a federal analysis released this week.  More »

Building Beyond a Bill

This week, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the construction of critical infrastructure across national borders. The bill, H.R. 3301, rejects the current requirements for a Presidential permit to authorize construction of cross-border pipelines, as well as easing overly harsh environmental impact assessments. Why is this important? The North American […]  More »

Industry touts economic effect of Keystone’s southern leg on Texas

A business association whose members include some of the world’s biggest energy companies is urging the administration to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that the southern portion of the project has already shown the positive economic effect the infrastructure can have on the country.  More »

Coal: A ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Getting Longer In the U.S.

U.S. demand for coal has fallen in recent years and export has become ever more important to domestic coal producers. Asia is the obvious export target, but challenges abound.  More »

From A to B: The Future of Rail

As bureaucratic red tape ensnares pipeline projects, shippers are turning to railroads as an alternative mode of transportation. Sustained by the unexpected increase in shipping crude oil by rail, some companies are beginning to consider transporting natural gas as remote drilling locations emerge far from existing infrastructure. The booming natural gas industry is in desperate […]  More »

Southton Rail Yard is part of Eagle Ford shale boom

Southton Rail Yard is one of the latest rail sites in South Texas to expand — or appear from scratch in a swath of cleared brush and mesquite — as part of the ripple effect of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom.  More »
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