Weekly News Roundup for November 3, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Attorneys for a county in North Carolina filed a lawsuit against DuPont and Chemours, alleging the two companies poured toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River.
Residents in one New York county hope a lawsuit they filed will […]

The Challenges of Moving Oil

Last year, thousands of people arrived in South Dakota near Lake Oahe to protest building a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath the lake. Environmentalists worried that an oil spill along the lake could contaminate the water sources for the nearby Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

In Vancouver, Oregon at […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 17, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Illinois reached a settlement agreement with BNSF Railway Company over the 2015 train derailment near Galena, Illinois. The railroad company will pay $50,000 in civil penalties, in addition to the more than $10.5 million spent on cleaning up […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 3, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Republicans are considering eliminating a law that requires oil and gas companies to capture methane released during operations on public lands.

Residents in Waco, Texas filed a lawsuit against the city over plans to build a new landfill.

A […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 27, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, which was blocked during the Obama Administration, could possibly move forward following directives signed by President Donald Trump to expedite both the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipelines.

Homeowners viewed the value of their […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 18, 2016

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

President-Elect Donald Trump could revive the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which was denied permits under the Obama administration.

An airport has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as a possible cause of the contamination of […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 27, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Ohio lawmakers are pushing for earlier resident notification regarding potentially contaminated water. Legislators cited the recent contamination in Flint, Michigan, as the reason for demanding a quicker response.

Peru declared an emergency in a jungle area that was […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 12, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

During her testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that although the Fed hasn’t ruled out a March rate increase, it might wait to act. The Fed is also investigating the viability of implementing […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 8, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles after more than 10 weeks of methane gas leakage has forced thousands from their homes. The leak could take months to fix.

Michigan Governor Rick […]

Looking to Pipeline Projects Beyond Keystone XL

Last month President Obama put an end to speculation and debate about the Keystone XL Pipeline and denied construction of the expansion that would have added 327 miles to the existing pipeline. The announcement came after more than 6 years of discussion, plan reviews, and political and environmental groups weighing in […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 6, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

President Obama rejected TransCanada’s application for a presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, citing concerns about the project’s contribution to climate change.

For-profit schools have been under attack by government agencies for predatory lending practices. Now the focus is […]

In the Midst of a Changing World, Keystone XL Pipeline Delay Denied

The Keystone XL Pipeline has been a point of contention for years. First proposed 7 years ago, the fourth phase of the U.S.-Canada oil pipeline faces critics from both sides of the border as well as new issues that weren’t factors when the idea of the pipeline was first conceived.

Despite […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 2, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Keystone XL pipeline developer is dropping its eminent domain claims in court and is instead reapplying for state approval of its route through the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

A construction defects law is causing a shortened supply of new […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 7, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Since the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is up for renewal on September 30, Congress has been considering reforms in the EB-5 visa process. One proposed bill would expand the program, adding a new category of visa called EB-6.

Canadian scientists […]

Battle Over the Keystone XL Pipeline Fought on Two Fronts

It’s been a mix of good news and bad news for Keystone XL Pipeline supporters. On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Senate approved S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, by a 62-36 vote. On February 11, the House of Representatives voted 270 to 152 to approve the act, […]

Political Battle Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rages On

When we last discussed the contentious pipeline extension project, President Obama and the State Department had made it clear that they would not be issuing a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline anytime soon, and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee had passed a bill to allow […]

U.S. Senate Committee Approves the Keystone XL Pipeline; Canadian Government Approves the Northern Gateway Pipeline

In what has been called a “symbolic vote,” on June 19 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, the bill has almost no chance of moving forward for a vote.

The bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and […]

Oil Spill on the Streets of an L.A. Neighborhood

Residents in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles woke up on May 15 to a foul odor and streets covered in oil. An estimated 10,000 gallons of oil stretched across a half-mile area, with reports of oil knee-deep in some areas.
The spill was caused by a pipe bursting […]

Tensions Rise as Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Further Delayed

A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline failed to pass the Senate Monday, once again delaying the controversial project. It is unlikely a vote will happen before midterm elections in November. The pipeline’s approval was tied to a bill on energy efficiency, but it did not receive the […]

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Pros and Cons from an Economic and Appraisal Perspective

The proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas, comes with many dynamic implications. We will be reviewing the potential positive and negative effects of the pipeline from both an economic and appraisal perspective.
From an economic perspective, the pipeline is seen positively because it […]