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Wednesday
Apr112012

Opinion: U.S. House must clear up bottleneck over transportation

“Bridges and highways are not necessarily Republican or Democrat. Everybody needs them,” argued Tom Trotter, AFL-CIO legislative representative.

Click here for complete article > The Vindicator

April 10, 2012

The rightward-tilting U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the leftist-leaning American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations typically make very strange bedfellows. Rarely can they see eye to eye on any public-policy issue. But on one critical issue of long-term importance to Ohio and the nation, the staunch advocate for big business and the unfailing ally of the American worker have cuddled up to support legislation to prevent a crippling bottleneck in this country’s transportation network.

Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives should follow their mature example.

Passage of a long-term bill to ensure thousands of highway and infrastructure projects across the nation won’t stall out demands quick nonpartisan action. Scores and scores of meaningful jobs, thousands and thousands of miles of shoddy roads and an incalculable adverse impact on the nation’s bumpy but slow economic recovery likely hang in the balance…

Tuesday
Apr102012

The Western Energy Corridor

This is exactly the message that the Ports-to-Plains Alliance has carried for numerous years.  The region really extends from Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia on the North to Texas and Mexico on the South.  The natural and renewable resources of the region power North America.  It is powering our economy now.  Image what it could do with a real energy policy in the U.S.

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Click here for the complete report > Montana Department of Commerce

April 2, 2012

The energy resources concentrated along the Rocky Mountains and northern plains in Canada and the United States (U.S.) are world class, as measured by their diversity, magnitude, and longevity.

This area, informally referred to as the Western Energy Corridor (WEC), is strategic to meeting the increasing energy demand in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. These energy resources, collectively, also provide a foundation for regional economic development, including a platform for moving the region's energy products up the value chain...

Monday
Apr092012

Wildhorse set to begin extended hours

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is pleased with the cooperation between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canadian Border Services Agency in extending these hours.  It would also like to recognize Senator John Tester (MT), Senator Max Baucus (MT), MP LaVar Payne (AB) and Alberta MLA Len Mitzel for their ongoing efforts to support international commerce.

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Sen. Jon Tester wrote to the border patrol officials stating "an extension of the current pilot project, in full coordination with our Canadian counterparts, is critical to our economic development and job creation."

Click here for complete article > Medicine Hat News

April 4, 2012

The Port of Wild Horse will switch to extended summer hours on Thursday, marking the second-straight year the border crossing will be open longer hours in the spring.

It also marks a synchronized effort between the two agencies that patrol the international border.

The crossing between southeast Alberta and north-central Montana will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., seven days a week, until Oct. 30, according to a press release by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

On Tuesday in Montana, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service announced they will match the Canadian hours...

Monday
Apr092012

A Federal Role in Freight Planning and Finance 

Click here for access to complete report > RAND Corporation

March 21, 2012

Congestion within the U.S. freight system has increased dramatically in the past few decades, costing travelers, consumers, and businesses billions of dollars each year. A federal policy is offered to address the challenges faced by the U.S. freight network in an environment dominated by declining revenues and public resistance to increasing taxes.

Wednesday
Apr042012

Ports-to-Plains Alliance Hosts Initial Northern Task Force Meeting in Billings, MT

With a focus on cooperation in areas of transportation infrastructure and energy policy, twenty-five leaders from Montana, North Dakota, Alberta and Saskatchewan gathered in Billings, MT to explore potential areas of common interested.  Participant agreed to follow-up this meeting with a facilitated discussion that would move towards an action plan in the future.

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance: An Overview

Joe Kiely, Vice President of Operations, Ports-to-Plains Alliance

Western Energy Corridor

Tom Kaiserski, Program Manager, Energy Promotion and Development Division, Montana Department of Commerce

 

Regional Updates

Eastern Alberta Corridor

Speaker: Rodger Cole, Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor


Montana

Speaker: Al Jones, Chief of Scouts, aljonesbusinessgrowth.com

 

Theodore Roosevelt Expressway

Cal Klewin, Executive Director, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association

Saskatchewan

John Parker, General Manager, Community Futures Southwest

 

Tuesday
Apr032012

Opinion: Energy ‘independence,’ after all?

 

"The National Petroleum Council — a group of industry officials, consultants and academics that advises the government — puts oil resources at 274 billion barrels, including 100 billion in the Arctic and 60 billion in the waters off the lower 48 states. Onshore, applying fracking and horizontal drilling to shale oil already has already stimulated a boom in North Dakota; Texas and California have similar formations."

Click here for complete article > Washington Post

April 1, 2012

Call it Richard Nixon’s revenge.

Amid election-year furor over high gasoline prices, something significant has happened to America’s energy outlook. We are steadily reducing our dependence on imported oil — a long-ago Nixon goal. In 1973, he proposed being free of imports by 1980. It didn’t happen, and although politicians of both parties frequently echoed Nixon’s popular call for “energy independence,” most experts considered it a joke...

 

 

Saturday
Mar312012

Congress Passes Clean 90-day SAFETEA-LU Extension

Click here for complete article > AASTHO Journal

March 20, 2011

The House and Senate on Thursday approved HR 4281, a clean 90-day extension of the current surface transportation authorization, known as SAFETEA-LU, averting a potential shutdown of the federal surface transportation program. The measure, which passed the House 266-158, was the 9th extension of the current authorization. The Senate approved the measure by unanimous consent…

Saturday
Mar312012

What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?

America’s Energy Forum held a 30 minute webinar on  March 29 titled "What's Up with Gas Prices?" API Chief Economist, John Felmy, presented a beneficial presentation in simplifying the complex topic of gas prices.

Below are links that you may find beneficial:

Slides from the webinar: http://bit.ly/Hrras2

Video recording of the webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/852170433

Website explaining gas prices: http://gaspricesexplained.org