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Friday
Sep022011

Chamber Calls for Multi-Year Transport Bill: Business group repeats call for increase in federal fuel tax

Click here for complete article > Journal of Commerce

September 1, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday called on Congress to act more boldly to pass a new long-term transportation funding bill, saying President Obama’s plea for another interim extension doesn’t go far enough to address pressing infrastructure and jobs needs.

“This isn't going to happen, but the right thing to do is pass a long-term bill,” Chamber President Tom Donohue told a White House jobs panel at Southern Methodist University. “We ought to just damn do it, because that's going to send a message.”…

Friday
Sep022011

TRIP Report: Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Click here for complete article > AASTHO Journal

September 2, 2011

America's rural roads are facing tremendous challenges including deteriorating conditions and a higher fatality rate than other roads and highways, according to a new report released Thursday by TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C.

"The safety and quality of life in America's small communities and rural areas and the health of the nation's economy ride on our rural transportation system. This backbone of the heartland allows mobility and connectivity for millions of rural Americans and provides crucial links from farm to market, moves manufactured and energy products, and provides access to countless tourist and recreational destinations," Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP, said in a statement…

Report from TRIP, September 2011

 

 

Thursday
Sep012011

Steven Chu: Canadian oil is better choice for U.S.

Click here for complete article > FuelFix

August 31, 2011

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu answers questions during a news conference in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Energy Secretary Steven Chu is making waves with recent comments that suggest the Obama administration is on track to approve the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver Canadian oil sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries.

In an interview with energyNOW!, Chu argues that when it comes to importing oil from foreign countries, Canada is a better option for the U.S. than alternatives in the Middle East and elsewhere:

“Having Canada as a supplier for our oil is much more comforting than having other countries supply our oil,” Chu said…

Thursday
Sep012011

What’s next for Hwy 85? Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association holds annual meeting

Click here for complete article > Williston Herald

August 31, 2011

Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association Executive Director Cal Klewin updates a crowd of approximately 60 people on efforts to improve the TRE between Williston and Watford City during the group's annual meeting Tuesday in Watford City. Nick Smith | Williston HeraldRegional and state leaders gathered, some making their way through construction on U.S. Highway 85, to discuss the very corridor they had just traveled on.

A crowd of approximately 60 people gathered at Outlaws' Bar and Grill in Watford City for the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association's annual meeting.

TRE Executive Director Cal Klewin noted the accomplishments in building up Highway 85 between Williston and Watford City in the past two years…

Tuesday
Aug302011

Trucks Waiting To Go North On US Highway 2 In Williston. NOT RUSH HOUR! Just a normal day of driving in Williston, ND. BOOMTOWN USA!!!

Thanks to Shawn Wenko of Williston Economic Development

August 30, 2011

Any questions about the need to improve the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway in North Dakota!


 

Sunday
Aug282011

Shaping the Future of Rural Texas

August 26, 2011

The Texas Department of Transportation is developing a rural component to the recently adopted Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035, and wants your input.  The department has developed the attached questionnaire to determine the best criteria to use in prioritizing projects.

“At a time when transportation funds, especially for rural areas, are so limited it is even more important to properly prioritize projects,” said Ports to Plains President Michael Reeves.  “I encourage all of our members to comment whether or not these are the proper criteria for selecting projects., and also comment on the importance of Ports to Plains to our region’s economy, and to all of Texas.”

 

 

 

Completed comments should be returned by September 14 to:

Peggy Thurin, P.E., Project Manager

Texas Rural Transportation Plan 2035

4544 Post Oak Place #224

Houston, TX 77027

More information is available online.

Sunday
Aug282011

Keystone XL Pipeline Project 

August 26, 2011

The U.S. Department of State has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. Below are the link to the U.S. Department of State website, the Executive Summary of the Final EIS, Notice of Public Meetings and a link to comments on the Final EIS by the Consumer Energy Alliance.

U.S. Department of State website including a link to complete EIS.

 

 

 

 

CEA Praises U.S. State Department Release of Final Environmental Impact Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline: EIS Supports Earlier Findings that Pipeline will have Limited Adverse Environmental Impacts

Consumer Energy Alliance

August 25, 2011

The State Department today released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline.  The EIS, which supports the department’s initial finding that the Keystone XL pipeline will have limited adverse environmental impacts, is a victory for American consumers.

Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), praised the announcement and released the following statement: “We are glad that the State Department has issued this favorable final statement and that the process of approving the pipeline is moving forward.  The Keystone XL pipeline is being built in a way that is safer and steadier than any other in the country.  This is a huge win for American consumers.  The pipeline will not only help lower fuel prices but it will create 20,000 much needed high-wage jobs in America’s heartland,  generate more than $20 billion in economic growth, and significantly reduce our dependence on oil from unstable regimes.”…

Rich Moskowitz, vice president and regulatory affairs council at the American Trucking Association and chairman of CEA stated: “The Keystone XL will significantly lower diesel prices by allowing the addition of 700,000 barrels of product per day into the US markets.  This will have a positive impact on truckers and the U.S. economy as a whole.”

The 1,700-mile proposed pipeline would deliver 700,000 barrels of U.S. and Canadian crude oil per day to the U.S.  Keystone XL received approval from Canada’s National Energy Board in 2010, but the project also requires a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of State because it crosses an international border.   

In June, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) delivered more than 62,000 public comments supporting the project to the U.S. Department of State, all of which came from people living in the six states through which the proposed pipeline will travel: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Saturday
Aug272011

TR Expressway to hold annual meeting in Watford

Click here for complete article > McKenzie County Farmer

August 24, 2011

With thousands of oilfield-related trucks now traveling U.S. Highway 85 on a daily basis, the number one question on the minds of area residents is, “What improvements are in the works for this highway?”

And for residents of McKenzie County, some of those answers will be provided during the annual meeting of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association (TREA), which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Outlaws’ Bar & Grill in Watford City…