oil

Energy policy
1:55 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Blunt Calls For End On Government 'War On Coal'

Sen. Roy Blunt, center, mingles Thursday night with St. Charles County officials and business people.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

When it comes to energy, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says that the federal government has taken the wrong approach for years.

“The refusal to acknowledge that we’re the Saudi Arabia of coal is a big mistake for us,” Blunt, R-Mo., told St. Charles County officials and business people gathered Thursday night at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

Instead, he said, “There’s a clear war on coal.”

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Energy - Environment
9:38 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project

Enbridge is proposing to build the Flanagan South Pipeline, a nearly 600-mile, 36-inch diameter interstate crude oil pipeline that will cross through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Enbridge Energy Company, Inc.

Updated at 5:00 p.m.

A St. Louis-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to provide information about a multi-state oil pipeline project.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says the Corps unlawfully withheld documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Missouri River
10:05 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Corps to study long-term uses of Missouri River water, hold public meetings

A tugboat on the Missouri River near Kansas City, Mo.
(Flickr/Brian Hillegas)

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 21, to add comments from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. Originally posted Aug. 20.

What does an oil and gas boom in North Dakota have to do with Missouri River reservoirs?

Hydrofracturing – the process that gets new wells up and running – takes lots of water.

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Oil Subsidies
4:36 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

McCaskill continues fight to end oil subsidies

Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill kicked off a state-wide campaign to change the federal tax code Wednesday at a gas station in downtown St. Louis.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is renewing her call to end tax breaks for major US oil companies. Speaking at a gas station in downtown St. Louis Wednesday, the Democrat said the subsidies have done nothing to reduce gas prices across the country. 

"I do not think that what we give them now has resulted in any break at the pump," McCaskill said. "I think that is evidenced by the prices that we see around St. Louis and around Missouri in terms of gas prices."

A bill to end the subsidies failed in the Senate last week. 

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Oil / Jay Nixon
12:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Missouri governor backs plans for new oil pipeline

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon is endorsing plans for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri.

Nixon said Tuesday that his administration would work to approve whatever permits are necessary for Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. to build a 600-mile pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla. The company is in the early stages of the project but hopes to begin construction in the middle of next year.

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Around the Nation
11:07 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Revolutionary oil skimmer nets $1 million X Prize

In a large tank set up to test oil-skimming devices, rows of spinning plastic disks separate oil from water.

Elastec/American Marine

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 11:01 pm

A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich award from the X Prize Foundation.

Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.

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Pollution - Oil Refinery
11:52 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Illinois EPA holds public meetings in Roxana to discuss oil refinery contamination

Shell Oil has been testing for toxic vapors in and under homes in this Roxana neighborhood adjacent to the Wood River Refinery.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Illinois EPA held public meetings in Roxana on Tuesday to discuss what Shell Oil is doing to address historic contamination from the Wood River Refinery.

A consultant for Shell has found high levels of cancer-causing benzene and other toxic petroleum products in Roxana’s groundwater.

Chris Cahnovsky of the Illinois EPA says toxic, potentially explosive vapors have also been detected in the soils under several homes.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Company Tax Breaks
11:42 am
Wed May 18, 2011

McCaskill disappointed about blocked oil company tax break bill

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed the U.S Senate blocked a bill that would have repealed $2 billion per year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies.

Republicans and some Democrats opposed the tax increase for fear it would hurt domestic drilling while doing nothing to reduce gas prices.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Refiner Price Fixing
11:58 am
Tue May 17, 2011

McCaskill writes FTC, urges price fixing probe of U.S. oil refiners

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (l) signed on to a letter drafted by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (r) to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter calls for an investigation of U.S. oil refiners in relation to price fixing.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has drafted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking that an investigation be launched into recent allegations of price fixing of gasoline by U.S. oil refiners.

The letter, a release states, comes after a report in the Kansas City Star "analyzed the ballooning profit margin by oil refiners in recent months."

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Company Tax Breaks
3:12 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

McCaskill on bill repealing tax breaks for oil companies

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is co-sponsoring legislation that would end tax breaks for the five largest oil companies in the U.S.

The Democrat-backed measure would cut off Shell, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Philips, BP and Chevron from $2 billion per year in subsidies. McCaskill says the savings would go to pay off the country’s spiraling deficit.

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