BP Supports America's Veterans. BP's Julie Hasquet announced today that, "Coinciding with Veterans Day 2014, BP has launched a website dedicated to serving our nation’s veterans. The site will focus on BP’s support of veterans organizations and programs, as well as BP’s efforts to hire veterans."
Today, U.S. House Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) responded to the the Obama Administration’s listing of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act:
“Despite the considerable work and significant investments from the states of Colorado and Utah, the Obama Administration took a drastic step today by listing the Gunnison Sage-Grouse as threatened. This decision is further evidence that the Administration is more interested in meeting arbitrary settlement deadlines than basing decisions on actual science and data. This action puts in jobs across the West in jeopardy and will severely restrict job-creating economic activities on over a million acres, including residential and commercial development, energy production, power transmission line maintenance, recreation, and grazing. All this for a species that Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe admits is not currently facing extinction.
“The Obama Administration is once again defying its claim to make regulatory policies transparent to the American people. That is why earlier this year the House of Representatives passed common sense legislation to update the Endangered Species Act and make the law more effective for species and people by using the best available science and increasing transparency, including the work of states, local stakeholders, and communities.
“This listing follows hundreds of other listings resulting from the 2011 mega-settlement between the Department of the Interior and two litigious groups. It foreshadows the intentions of the Obama Administration in coming months with the potential listing of the Greater Sage Grouse in portions of eleven western states.”
11-11-14 Some Projects Struggle Against Federal Roadblocks But Sasol Is Succeeding With Its Mega Project
... A main component of Sasol’s final regulatory hurdle has been cleared.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday approved Sasol wetlands modification permit, allowing the company to disrupt -- and later replace -- wetlands during construction.
Mike Hayes, Sasol’s public affairs manager for U.S. megaprojects, told the American Press on Friday that the permit will also allow Sasol to move ahead with the project's financing.
"This means we can start planning to ask management for our Final Investment Decision," Hayes said. "On the ground, we will be able to begin pre-construction activities, such as site cleaning. We will also start preparing for the construction of the dock from which will we offload our modules."
Hayes said Sasol expects to receive their final Corps permit to build a dock facility on the Calcasieu Ship Channel soon.
Sasol plans to expand their plant with an ethane cracker and a gas-to-liquids complex. The combined projects have been estimated to cost between $18 billion and $21 billion.
Edmonton Journal by Graham Thomson.
It’s difficult to think of an issue or problem facing the Alberta government — from health care to education to relations with First Nations — that (Premier Jim Prentice, NGP Photo) hasn’t made an effort to address, if not actually solve.
However, the biggest problem facing the province — one that ties in to virtually every other problem facing the province — is getting more of Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to market, specifically Asia.
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