Keystone XL is best way to get Bakken oil to market

As soon as Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman gave his support to a reroute of the Keystone XL oil pipeline through his state, the chorus of pipeline supporters resounded from Helena to Washington, D.C.



Gov. Bullock supports Keystone XL Pipeline

The following letter was sent by Gov. Steve Bullock to President Barack Obama on Jan. 23, 2013. I write to express my strong support for the Keystone XL Pipeline project. If responsible controls are put in place and long-term oversight of this project is ensured, I urge you to grant the Presidential Permit. I applaud you for giving such serious weight to the concerns of the State of Nebraska. Now that Nebraska has concluded its review and given its approval, I would ask that you give due consideration to Montana's concerns as well.



Betting on coal Crow Tribe signs 1.4B-ton coal deal with Cloud Peak Energy

CROW AGENCY --- Representatives of the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. signed an agreement Thursday for the potential development of 1.4 billion tons of coal. Hundreds of people in the Multipurpose Building in Crow Agency looked on as Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote and Cloud Peak CEO and President Colin Marshall signed the legal documents.



Senator Baucus Leads Keystone XL Letter to President Obama

Senator Max Baucus, along with North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, led the signing of a letter from 53 Senators to President Obama to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.



President Obama's own words turn up heat on Keystone decision

The president's call for action on climate change during Monday's inaugural speech puts his upcoming decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline in an even brighter spotlight -- pitting his pledge to tackle global warming against his stated commitment to an "all of the above" energy strategy.



53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) --- More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change. A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president's hands.



GOP governors, Canadian leader press Obama to approve Keystone pipeline

Ten GOP governors and the premier of Saskatchewan are putting fresh pressure on President Obama to greenlight the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Premier Brad Wall and the governors, in a letter to Obama Thursday, call the project "fundamentally important" to the future economic prosperity of the United States and Canada.



Nebraska governor OKs Keystone XL route through state

LINCOLN, NEB. -- Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.



Baucus tells Montana Legislature goals include more help for vets

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is announcing priorities that include more help for jobless veterans, energy development and renewed focus on fixing the nation's debt. Baucus was home Thursday speaking to the Montana Legislature, which convened this week for its once-every-other-year session. The state's senior senator is up for re-election in 2014.



Bi-fuel vehicles gaining speed

Detroit is beginning to produce vehicles that can run on both natural gas and regular gasoline. Anyone who has natural gas service in their home can tap off the same gas line to gas up their vehicle - at least until more commercial natural gas stations are established. Those facts make shale natural gas even more important to states that can produce it.