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Wednesday
Aug172011

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…

Tuesday
Aug162011

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…

Monday
Aug152011

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…

Saturday
Aug132011

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…

Thursday
Aug112011

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…

Tuesday
Aug092011

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…

Tuesday
Aug092011

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…

Monday
Aug082011

Have We Seen the Last of the Federal Gas Tax?

Click here for complete article > The Infrastructuralist

August 8, 2011

Politico recently brought to our attention the possibility that lawmakers may let most the 18.4-cent federal gas tax expire at the end of September. Now it reports that this possibility has real legs — something we’ll all need if the tax is allowed to expire and the country’s roads lose their primary source of funding…