CANNON BALL, N.D. — Dump trucks and heavy machinery rolled into the protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, and crews began filling large dumpsters with garbage that has accumulated, much of it now buried under snow. The clean-up marked cooperation among authorities and camp organizers. The decision to clean the site, where a few hundred protesters remain, was made on Sunday by state and local officials and members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
Jury selection was set to begin in Washington state on Monday in the first trial stemming from a coordinated protest that disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude oil into the United States, a proceeding activists hope will serve as a referendum on climate change. Activist Ken Ward says he will not dispute that he shut down a valve on the Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Trans Mountain Pipeline near Burlington, Wash., but he will testify that such actions are necessary in the face of the government's failure to address global warming.
CHICAGO—U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, a $62 billion market for U.S. farmers, provides a fresh threat to a slumping agricultural economy that has grown increasingly dependent on exports. Agricultural groups expressed disappointment over the move and urged the new administration to find alternative ways to boost product shipments to Asian countries. Trump announced the cancellation on Monday, Jan. 23, quickly fulfilling a campaign promise.
SYDNEY—An Australian zookeeper on Tuesday, Jan. 24, urged people to catch and donate deadly funnel-web spiders, to help replenish stocks of antidote running low after a spate of spider bites. The Australian Reptile Park, the country's sole supplier of funnel-web venom to antidote producers since 1981, relies on the public to hand in spiders that are milked for the venom used to produce an antidote.
TransCanada Corp said on Thursday, Jan. 26, it submitted a presidential permit application to the U.S. Department of State for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The announcement comes two days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order that allowed TransCanada to reapply for a permit for the pipeline, after it was rejected in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama on environmental concerns.
A small hole on a weld between two segments of a shallow four-inch pipe has been discovered on a pipeline that leaked some 52,834 gallons of oil onto aboriginal land in Saskatchewan last week, provincial officials said on Thursday, Jan. 26. They also said the roughly 1.2-mile stretch of pipeline, which is owned by Tundra Energy Marketing Inc. and feeds into the larger South East Saskatchewan oil gathering system, was exempt from licensing when built in 1968.
FORT BERTHOLD, N.D. - When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and rolling hills three times larger than Los Angeles. Tribe members here, facing a 40 percent unemployment rate and sending their children to 1950s-era school buildings, were eager to tap some of state's most promising reserves.
Magellan Midstream Partners LP said on Thursday its refined products pipeline in Worth County, Iowa, remained shut after it spilled about 3,300 barrels of diesel. Magellan said it expects to begin pipeline repairs later on Thursday but did not have an estimate on when pipeline operations will resume on the damaged segment of its system. "We do not expect this incident to disrupt supply of gasoline, diesel and other refined petroleum products in the region," Magellan said in an emailed statement.
WASHINGTON—Congressional Republicans are set to overturn a slew of Obama-era regulations next week, including a controversial anti-bribery rule aimed at U.S. resource companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp, according to a top lawmaker. After six years of legal battles, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in June approved the rule requiring companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. It will probably be killed swiftly with two simple congressional votes.
Caterpillar Inc, the world's largest construction and equipment maker, forecast 2017 profit sharply below analysts' estimates, hurt by sluggish demand in the construction and energy industries. The company said it expected an adjusted profit of about $2.90 per share for the full year, compared with analysts' average estimate of $3.04, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "While we see signs of positive activity in some of our key end markets, the overall economic environment remains challenging," Chief Executive Jim Umpleby said in a statement on Thursday, Jan. 26.