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Update: Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Key Permits
The Houston Chronicle reports that TransCanada has received the last of three key permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start building the 485-mile Gulf Coast section of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The company says this means the $2.3 billion oil pipeline can start construct…
Nacogdoches Biomass Power Plant Up and Running
It's not just a new biomass power plant.  In keeping with the Texas tradition of everything being "bigger and better", the new biomass power plant in Nacogdoches County is the largest power plant of its kind in the United States.
Fixed-Rate Power Contracts in Danger
Officials at several big electricity providers are wondering out loud if changes in wholesale power prices could allow them to break the fixed-rate contracts they have with consumers.
ERCOT Hopes to Keep Lights on This Summer
Even though weather experts are not expecting another long, hot summer like the one we had last year, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is searching for ways to keep the lights on through this summer and in the future.
TransCanada Reapplies for Oil Pipeline
The Canadian oil company that wants to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. has submitted a new application for the project, after changing the route to avoid environmentally sensitive land in Nebraska.
Final Cost of BP Oil Spill: $7.8 Billion Dollars
British Petroleum and a small army of plaintiffs’ attorneys have presented a New Orleans federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
TransCanada Changes Keystone XL Pipeline Route
The developer of the Keystone XL international pipeline has identified a new corridor that goes around the environmentally sensitive area where the Ogallala Aquifer provides drinking water for millions of people in Nebraska and several other midwestern states.

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