Who Really Owns The North Pole?


If Denmark gets its wish, Queen Margrethe II may soon have jurisdiction over Santa Claus. What was once ignored as an autonomous frozen wasteland is now considered prime real estate, and the reason why is simple. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an estimated 22% of the world’s undiscovered oil and natural gas lies underneath …

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FERC holds public comment meeting regarding proposed pipeline


By Andrew Keller GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) – The controversy continues to swirl over the E.T. Rover’s proposed natural gas pipeline path. That path is an 800-mile project that could cut through some local land. “Most of the stuff Rover has put out has been wishy-washy, strong arm stuff that should never be allowed to …

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The Biggest Energy Mistake in 2014

Keystone pipeline, keystone XL

Originally posted on Forbes. Not a single national infrastructure project under consideration today will do more to advance North American energy independence than Keystone XL. If energy independence is in the national interest, than Keystone XL deserves to be approved. Not only has the Keystone pipeline project become the most scrutinized energy infrastructure project of …

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National Pipeline Safety Expert Brigham McCown to Discuss Proposed Natural Gas Pipelines


FLINT, MI — The Michigan Forest Products Council (MFPC) have invited pipeline safety expert Brigham A. McCown to Michigan on December 10 and 11 to discuss pipeline safety and benefits. As the Former head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) overseeing the nation’s more than 2.6 million miles of pipeline infrastructure, Mr. …

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How Can We Build Safer Infrastructure?


The excavation and construction efforts required to maintain and manage the complex web of underground infrastructure is a laborious activity, invisible to most. This work helps ensure the reliability of infrastructure vital to bringing the natural gas, electricity, and data services to homes and businesses in every community. When excavators and contractors fail to carefully …

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Can Renewables Power the Future?


Bridging the gap between fossil energy sources and renewables is perhaps the greatest technological challenge facing Americans this century. Global awareness, health and environmental concerns, geo-political instability, and raw entrepreneurism are all driving U.S. efforts to build a new, cleaner, and more diversified energy economy. Such challenges are being addressed in a collaborative fashion as …

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Iraqi-Kurd Oil Deal A Welcome Development


As a matter of U.S. foreign policy, the Iraqi-Kurd oil deal is a welcome development. It gives hope of the good faith of new Iraqi government, led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, toward inclusion of the Kurdish minority in governance, and the capacity for statesmanship of both Kurdish and Iraqi leadership on the delicate subject …

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Energy Security in Europe


Brigham recently travelled to Warsaw, Poland to attend and speak at the Warsaw Security Forum on energy security and solidarity in Europe. Following his return from the conference, he sat down with Jacki Daily on the Jacki Daily Show to share his perspective from the trip.   Click here to listen to the interview!

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