Mississippi company to assemble oil sand equipment in Montana

GREAT FALLS -- A Mississippi company has announced plans assemble equipment for Canadian oil sands projects in northwestern Montana.



Natural Gas Research 'Space Race' Is On

It has taken a couple of years for the energy industry to acknowledge a new reality: Natural gas availability is soaring in contravention of forecasting models that have been in use for decades, and the fuel is set to transform everything from power generation and transport to chemicals and even the trade deficit.



Industry Vet Sets Sights on Marcellus 2.0

In the latter part of the previous decade, attractive natural gas wellhead prices and technological advances in exploiting shale formations prompted an exodus to Appalachia. Some of the companies flocking to the Marcellus shale formation and its enormous store of natural gas willingly paid landowners several thousand dollars per acre merely to stake their claim and, when the time was right, flip their leaseholdings for a handsome profit to another speculator or to an operating company.



Canada looks to lure energy workers from the U.S.

In its quest to increase oil production, Canada is lobbying job fairs and air waves for laborers. Would you consider moving to Canada for the right job? The sales pich: free health care, good pay, quality schools, bonuses This article from the Los Angeles Times appeard in the Billings Gazette on Sunday November 18, 2012.



Obama presured to approve/reject Keystone XL pipeline

OMAHA, Neb. -- The fight over a proposed pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries has picked up again with groups on both sides putting pressure on President Barack Obama to either approve or reject the pipeline.



Keystone XL Pipeline

Changing Course - TransCanada Corp has proposed an alternate route for the Keystone XL Pipeline



Gazette opinion: Pipeline can be approved in 2013 with new Neb. route

The process is painstaking, but much is at stake. The 875-mile pipeline through Eastern Montana ought to be approved in 2013. Obama could reassure pipeline supporters, which includes Montana's entire congressional delegation, by simply saying that the Nebraska reroute is progressing and if the appropriate state and federal agencies agree, he expects that a permit could be approved within months.



U.S. to become biggest oil producer - IEA

The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer before 2020, and will be energy independent 10 years later, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.



GUEST COLUMN: Offshore Energy Development Offers Huge Employment Potentioal

When the discussion turns to jobs, we would all do well to remember that there is an industry that is already creating good jobs in America. Freed from unnecessary constraints, the offshore energy industry is prepared to generate many more employment opportunities that will help turn around the American employment picture.



BNSF CEO says oil-by-rail hauling will continue, even with Keystone XL Pipeline

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will continue shipping millions of barrels of crude oil from the prolific Bakken oil play even if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built, BNSF's chief executive told a Billings audience.