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.



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.