Port Arthur, Tex. — The Valero oil refinery looms over the small streets of this blighted port city. A vast maze of pipes and vats and boilers, the refinery traces its rootsback 111 years, to just months after the historic … Continue reading

The refineries are eagerly waiting. Valero, the largest U.S. oil refining company, would be one of the biggest customers of oil from the Keystone XL pipeline, buying about 150,000 barrels a day. What happens to the Canadian oil once it arrives in … Continue reading

TransCanada’s plan to dig a trench and bury part of its $7 billion, 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline right through this land has unearthed a host of Native American opposition, resentments and ghosts of the past. Winning support in Indian country is … Continue reading

Cushing, Okla. — In energy circles, the town of Cushing is well known as the hub used by New York oil traders to set the benchmark price for all U.S. crude oil. Row after row of giant oil storage tanks … Continue reading

TransCanada has submitted a second revision of the Nebraska portion of the route for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline, seeking to mollify critics fearful of the oil pipeline’s potential impact on ecologically sensitive terrain and waterways. The company gave its … Continue reading

Seven opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline chained themselves to a truck carrying pipe for the project until police came and arrested them. To get some of them loose, one of the truck’s bumpers had to be removed, according to … Continue reading

  Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is promoting his energy policy today, hailing the prospects of “North American energy independence.” The “North” part is important, because the United States — even with surprising new production in places like North Dakota … Continue reading

A judge in Lamar County, Tex., ruled Wednesday night that TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline had the right of eminent domain, rejecting a plea by farm manager Julia Trigg Crawford and dealing a blow to landowners and environmentalists who have been … Continue reading

Bob Bernt, a bear of a man, a rancher and a lifelong Republican, had about 25 people over recently for a pork-and-beans cookout. The ranchers and farmers who drove their pickups to Bernt’s place were almost all Republicans, of one … Continue reading

SPALDING, Neb. — Bob Bernt, a bear of a man, a rancher and a lifelong Republican, had about 25 people over recently for a pork-and-beans cookout.The ranchers and farmers who drove their pickups to Bernt’s place were almost all Republicans, … Continue reading

Harold Hamm, who grew up just across the tracks, has a lot to savor these days. As the youngest of a sharecropper’s 13 children, Hamm spent his earliest years nearby picking cotton until the first snowfall or Christmas, whichever came … Continue reading

EL DORADO, Kan. – These days El Dorado is probably best known as the place where President Obama’s maternal grandfather grew up for a while. It’s less well known for its oil and gas museum. The oil industry in Kansas … Continue reading

Harold Hamm sat in a corner of the Railhead Diner, having polished off a plate of meatloaf and savored a bite of the fried pie with chocolate filling. Hamm, who grew up just across the tracks, has a lot to … Continue reading

DIRECT, Tex. – Julia Trigg Crawford, a landowner fighting TransCanada in north Texas, couldn’t be more different from John Harter, the rancher we met in South Dakota. Harter had always worked on the ranch and was a weather-beaten man from … Continue reading

CUSHING, Okla. – It was sundown when Nat Ninness, 28, drove up the gravel road between an oil tank farm and his sister’s house. Ninness is a driller who lives a mile away, and for years he has traveled out … Continue reading

PONCA CITY, Okla. – Keith Mossman gave us a tour of the TransCanada pumping station here, which boosts pressure in TransCanada’s existing Keystone pipeline for oil to travel the final 42 miles to Cushing. New  stations will be added for … Continue reading

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Jane Kleeb is a savvy activist who, Nebraska’s Republican governor once said, “has a tendency to shoot her mouth off most days.” A Florida native who moved to Nebraska in 2007 after marrying a rancher active in Democratic politics, she … Continue reading

  Jane Kleeb is a savvy activist who, Nebraska’s Republican governor once said, “has a tendency to shoot her mouth off most days.” A Florida native who moved to Nebraska in 2007 after marrying a rancher active in Democratic politics, she … Continue reading

Aug. 3, 2012 – Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline gathered in Spalding, Neb., for a cookout to thank state senator Ken Haar for his work to reroute the pipeline away from Nebraska’s Sand Hills and portions of the … Continue reading