Land board approves Keystone lease

HELENA -- Montana is approving easements to let the Keystone XL pipeline cross state-owned land, including the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. The Land Board chaired by Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Monday sold a package of 50-year easements to TransCanada for $741,000.



Bakken boom making big impact on Billings Businesses

To visualize the economic impact to Billings of the Bakken oil boom, you can watch the oil field trucks rumble by or you can track subtler clues. Private jets lined up on the tarmac. Rolex watches and diamonds flying out of jewelry stores. And record sales of new trucks and cars.



Booming Bakken: Oil flurry spreads across Eastern Montana

EASTERN MONTANA -- Like wagon trains of yesteryear, the traffic tells the tale of the Bakken oil boom. Semitrailers haul sand, liquid nitrogen, pipe, tanks and modular homes across Montana to the oil fields and change the prairie night sky.“When you drive down the interstate from Billings to Miles City or Glendive, all you see is traffic at night. It’s almost like the outskirts of Minneapolis,” said Mike Coryell, head of Miles City Economic Development Council.



Montana reviews pipeline easement request

HELENA -- The Montana Land Board is preparing to sell easements to a Canadian company so that the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline can run through the state as it crosses some of Montana's most important rivers. The board meets Monday to consider selling 50-year easements to TransCanada for $741,000. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said it believes the up-front payment is the fair market value for such a lease and similar to what private landholders are getting



Montana Land Board to act on oil pipeline easements

Members of the Montana Land Board on Monday will consider granting easements across state land where TransCanada Keystone Pipeline plans to bury a 36-inch oil pipeline.



Steve Everley Interview by Aaron Flint

On Thursday, Dec. 13th, Voices of Montana Host Aaron Flint will be sitting down with industry leader Steve Everley to get the inside scoop on energy and natural resource development.



Neb. pipeline plan discussed

ALBION, NEB. -- At the lone Nebraska public hearing on the revised plan for an oil pipeline through the state, the multitude of speakers sounded familiar refrains for and against the project.



Liquefied natural gas exports will help, not harm economy, environment

As our nation's leaders work to improve our nation's struggling economy, there is one opportunity we cannot overlook: a responsible exports policy. U.S. Senators and Representatives from across the country have voiced their support for natural gas exports as a unique American opportunity that will create jobs and strengthen our energy security.



Pipeline proponents respond to Myths and Misinformation

Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline recently held a public forum in York to dispel what they call "myths and misinformation" being dispersed by anti-pipeline groups.



Optima Sees Fracking Increasing Specialty Steel Demand

Demand for specialty-steel products used in hydraulic fracking is poised to continue rising next year as energy companies step up exploration and production in shale-rock formations, Optima Specialty Steel Inc. said. Optima's sales of steel tubing to natural gas producers have climbed 15 percent in 2012, and a similar increase is forecast for 2013, said Kevin Stevick, chief executive officer of the closely held company. Growth at the Miami-based company is coming from fracking in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, he said.