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4 of 9—A Conversation on Oil Sands & Environment: How will the land be reclaimed?

Under Alberta’s strict legislation, companies must reclaim Alberta’s land so it can be productive again. Reclamation is what makes oil sands mining and development possible.


Anuncian tres nuevas empresas en sur de Coahuila


August 4, 2010

En rueda de prensa encabezada por la Cámara Nacional de la Industria de la Transformación y el Gobierno de Coahuila, se anunció la llegada de tres nuevas empresas a San Pedro de las Colonias y la adquisición de terrenos para la ampliación de los patios aduaneros en Ciudad Acuña, factores de importante detonación económica para la región….


America Goes Dark

New York Times

August 8, 2010

The lights are going out all over America — literally. Colorado Springs has made headlines with its desperate attempt to save money by turning off a third of its streetlights, but similar things are either happening or being contemplated across the nation, from Philadelphia to Fresno.

Meanwhile, a country that once amazed the world with its visionary investments in transportation, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, is now in the process of unpaving itself: in a number of states, local governments are breaking up roads they can no longer afford to maintain, and returning them to gravel...


3 of 9—A Conversation on Oil Sands & Environment: What is the role of new technology?

Technology like steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAG-D) allows wells to be drilled from a single pad, making the environmental impacts easier to mitigate and to manage because the level of disturbance is much smaller.


2 of 9—A Conversation on Oil Sands & Environment: How big are the oil sands?

Alberta’s oil reserves are second only to Saudi Arabia. The entire oil sands resource is about the size of Florida, but only a small portion can be surface-mined.


Senate Passes Bill Containing $2.2 Billion Reduction in Highway Contract Authority

This bill removes $2.2 billion in contract authority from state transportation departments while providing $16 billion in increased Medicaid funding and $10 billion in increased funding for teacher salaries. "Having unobligated balances of contract authority gives states the flexibility to manage and advance projects with funding across many categories," states the letter signed by AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley. "Further rescissions will also directly reduce planning funds for metropolitan planning organizations, which are our partners in delivering transportation projects."


August 6, 2010

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would rescind $2.2 billion in highway contract authority apportionments from balances held by state transportation departments. The House of Representatives has been called back into session early next week to approve the measure and send it to President Barack Obama. Senators voted 61-39 to pass the bill, HR 1586, which contains $16 billion to extend increased Medicaid funding for states by six months and $10 billion to help states cover teacher salaries for the upcoming school year…


Eco-friendly eggs not always what they seem

Great comment on the efficiency of our transportation system ... Will be keep those efficiencies


August 1, 2010

'Locally grown' eggs are thought to have a lower environmental impact than those transported over long distances but that is a major misperception, according to Dr. Jude Capper of Washington State University. Her research has shown buying eggs from the supermarket is most 'green.


Montana Oil: The Next Bakken Rush

Energy & Capital

August 2, 2010

Sometimes a story just doesn't unfold the way you expect it to.

For Montana's oil industry, the carpet was pulled out from underneath them when the media's attention was snatched away by the state's neighbor to the east...

It must have been painful for them to watch North Dakota's oil industry explode, even in spite of a massive global recession.

But the last laugh hasn't been heard.

And that's because Montana is preparing to re-take the spotlight — and for investors searching for the next phase of the Bakken oil boom, it's time to give Montana its due…