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Grover Norquist: I'm OK with extending gasoline tax

Click here for complete article > Politico

August 17, 2011

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist says it's fine with him if Congress extends the soon-to-expire gasoline tax for now - a statement that may allow room for lawmakers to defuse a brewing confrontation on what is normally a humdrum decision.

Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told Bloomberg that lawmakers who vote to extend the tax without making any changes wouldn't be violating the no-tax-hike pledge that many members of Congress have signed at his group's behest…


Judge Nixes Tighter U.S. Oversight of Oil and Gas Operations

Click here for complete article > New York Times

August 15, 2011

A federal judge threw out Obama administration efforts Friday to increase environmental oversight of oil and gas development on federal land…


WYDOT's 2012 roadway projects list focuses on maintenance

Click here for complete article > Billings Gazette

August 10, 2011

The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s draft improvement program lists nearly $330 million in projects for the 2012 federal fiscal year.

The document also lists engineering and environmental projects into 2017…


Bipartisan coalition calls for major investment in U.S. infrastructure

Click here for complete article >Progressive Railroading

August 9, 2011

Yesterday, Building America's Future Educational Fund, a bipartisan and national infrastructure coalition, released a report that examines the economic challenges posed by the United States' ailing transportation infrastructure.

Titled "Falling Apart and Falling Behind," the report reviews "smart investments" being made by international economic competitors and provides recommendations for crafting new transportation policies that will spur U.S. economic growth.

"There are always excuses to delay tough decisions, but the time has come for the U.S. to commit to a long-term infrastructure revitalization plan that invests at least $200 billion a year," said Ed Rendell, the coalition's co-chairman and former Pennsylvania governor, in a prepared statement…


Conflict Oil or Canadian Oil?

Click here for complete article >Reason Magazine

August 10, 2011

This is the second dispatch from my oil sands tour. The first dispatch yesterday focused on the oil sands mining. After our Suncor oil sands mine tour, our band of flacks and hacks were bussed back to our motel for cocktails and dinner with various Canadian oil sheiks, including Alberta’s Minister of Energy Ronald Liepert, TransCanada Pipeline vice president Robert Jones, and ConocoPhillips Canada senior vice president Nick Olds, among others. In the fashion of such tours, we sat around a conference table listening to the concerns of our hosts, which in this case, mostly involved activist opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States. When completed the pipeline could transport 1.3 million barrels of oil per day to refineries in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast…


The Man-Made Miracle of Oil from Sand

Click here for complete article > Reason Magazine

August 9, 2011

Standing on the edge of the immense and spectacular pit of an oil sands mine for the first time last week, I was surprised by a sense of exhilaration. Later, seven stories up, equipped with earplugs, and clad in bright blue overalls, I marveled at the cascades of black bitumen froth bubbling over the sides of a separation cell like a giant witch’s cauldron. The scale of the enterprise and the sheer ingenuity involved in wresting value and sustenance from the hands of a stingy Mother Nature provoked in me a feeling close to glory…


New hotel to be constructed at Shaunavon, SK

Click here for complate article > Shaunavon Standard

August 3, 2011

The Canalta Group and The Town of Shaunavon have confirmed that a development agreement has been reached to develop a new Canalta Hotel in the community.

The Canalta Group is based in Drumheller, Alberta and has recently opened Canalta Hotel Properties in Weyburn, Moosomin, Tisdale and Humboldt. Canalta will also open another Canalta Hotel in Melfort in September, 2011…


Colorado: Oil, natural gas extraction is clean, says Gov

Click here for complete article > The Colorado Statesman

August 8, 2011

Gov. John Hickenlooper called negative reports concerning dangers associated with hydraulic fracturing “hyperbole,” arguing that there is no scientific fact to indicate that the oil and natural gas extraction process contaminates groundwater in Colorado…