BNSF CEO: Pipeline through Montana won't halt rail shipments of oil
At the annual meeting of Big Sky Economic Development in Billings on Wednesday, Matthew Rose, the chief executive of BNSF Railway, talked about the increase of oil shipments by rail from the Bakken oil fields and how the development of Montana's coal reserves would affect train traffic.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 18
BNSF, others again apply to build 83-mile railroad line in Montana
After a federal court ruled nearly a year ago that the previously issued permits for the 83-mile Tongue River Railroad, which would run south from Miles City to Ashland, were outdated, BNSF Railway Co., Arch Coal, Inc. and billionaire Forrest Mars, Jr. have again applied to the Surface Transportation Board for a permit to build the line in southeastern Montana.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Oct. 18
Montana landowner says access lawsuit politically motivated
Howard Zehntner said the lawsuit filed by the Montana attorney general's office against him over a locked gate on a road that crosses his land in Meagher County that provides access to federal and state lands has no merit, and is instead, politically motivated by Attorney General Steve Bullock's gubernatorial campaign and a continuing effort by the U.S. Forest Service to buy his land.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 18
Lake Powell Pipeline's $1B price tag crushes Utah legislators' support
Members of the Utah Legislature's Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee again put proposed legislation that would fund loans to water districts in the state using a 15 percent earmark of future sales-tax revenue growth, after questions arose about the ability of the Washington County Water Conservancy District to ever repay the $1-billion needed to build the 129-mile pipeline between Lake Powell and St. George.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 18
Texas company seeks pipeline extensions in Colorado
NuStar Energy is proposing building two short pipelines in Colorado to connect to its existing pipelines to carry oil from Colorado's Niobrara formation to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.
Denver Post; Oct. 18
Alberta creates new agency to oversee environmental issues
On Wednesday, Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen said the Alberta Environment Management Agency will be an independent agency that will conduct scientific monitoring of the province's air, water, land and wildlife.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 18
Clark: B.C. can lead Canada's economy without oil
Premier Christy Clark touted British Columbia's job growth, and said the province's mining and technology sectors, as well as trade with China and other Asian countries, will make the province Canada's economic leader, and do it without oil—a dig at Alberta.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); Oct. 18
Phillips 66 dumps plans for Colorado research facility
The 432-acre in Louisville where ConocoPhillips had planned a world-class research and training and development center in Colorado is now being offered for sale by Phillips 66, a Houston-based energy firm that spun off of ConocoPhillips earlier this year.
Denver Post; Oct. 18
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