Category: Transportation

Crude oil rides Texas’ rails with little tracking

For generations of producers drillers in Texas, where a vast pipeline system has grown with the fits and starts of the oil industry’s notorious business cycle, railroads provided little more than a relatively expensive last resort. But in the boom associated with the hydraulic fracturing, producers increasingly enlist trains to handle the glut.  More »

Forecast: cheapest Labor Day gasoline since 2010

Drivers hitting the roads during the upcoming holiday weekend will likely encounter good news: the cheapest Labor Day weekend gasoline prices since 2010.  More »

Companies take a big step toward LNG export plant in Louisiana

Sempra Energy, GDF Suez and other investors have made a final decision to move forward with a liquefied natural gas export plant in Hackberry, La.  More »

Electric cars eventually could tie up grid traffic

Utilities and automakers are looking to a time when electric cars become more common and might strain electric grid capacity.  More »

Gasoline prices hit lowest Aug. 1 price in four years.

Drivers across the country are experiencing their lowest Aug. 1 gasoline prices in four years as traders’ concerns about instability in Iraq and Ukraine start to ease, analysts at GasBuddy said.  More »

Northern Courier Approval Highlights Pipeline Politics

In stark contrast to the continuing delay of the Keystone XL pipeline project, Trans Canada’s Northern Courier pipeline project has gone from initial application to regulatory approval in a mere 16 months. The Northern Courier project is actually two parallel pipelines, one to carry bitumen and another to carry diluent from the Fort Hills mine […]  More »

Natural gas vote leaves fueling stations without standard

A group of statue regulators failed to agree on a standard for selling liquefied natural gas by its equivalence to a gallon of diesel fuel.  More »

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 »
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