Are Mergers All But Dead Under New Obama Rules?

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The U.S. Justice Department today filed an anti-trust lawsuit aimed at preventing oil service company Halliburton Co. from taking over rival Baker Hughes in a deal valued at $34.6 billion. This comes in the wake of an announcement this week regarding Pfizer’s decision to call off its $152 billion merger with Allergan owning to new …

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Obama’s Rejection Of Keystone XL Points To Political Motives

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By: Brigham A. McCown Pipelines are among the safest modes of transporting hazardous materials across long distances and the rules regarding construction are clearly mandated through regulations. In the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, we have seen a routine infrastructure project turned into a political farce. TransCanada has been waiting over six years to obtain necessary …

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Ambitious LNG Project Could Revive Alaska’s Fortunes

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Alaska was long at the vanguard of America’s energy industry. At one time the State of Alaska accounted for as much as one-quarter of the entire country’s domestic oil production. Alaska’s vast fields also served as a source of pride – and the backbone of the state’s economy. As production surged, it was common to hear …

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Crisis in the Arctic

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Last week, Greenpeace activists succeeded in temporarily halting Shell’s icebreaker, MSV Fennica, from starting its voyage out of Portland, Oregon. The vessel was to join the rest of the fleet on its way to the Artic to begin oil exploration. In defiance of a federal court injunction to halt river traffic, 13 Greenpeace activists hung …

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Nuclear Deal Reached With Iran, But Will It Last?

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Tuesday’s nuclear agreement between Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. could signal the end of a thirteen-year nuclear standoff with Iran. A history of Iranian sanctions as a direct result of its nuclear program is available in the BBC article: “Iran nuclear crisis.” Supporters including U.S. President Barak Obama have widely embraced the …

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Is European Energy Sustainable?

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With two-thirds of the world’s cross-border pipeline infrastructure traversing Europe, and the European Union (EU) importing over 50 percent of the energy it consumes, Europe is a unique place to observe energy consumption, production, and policy. A long history of conflict and dependence on foreign energy has led the EU towards a new energy focus, which …

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A Tale of Two Unions

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Some Europeans may be tempted to celebrate Russia’s recent decision to abandon South Stream, a Black Sea pipeline, conceived to connect Russian gas to centralEurope by way of Bulgaria. Yet, from the U.S. perspective, the Europeans have neither the time, money, nor luxury for schadenfreude. To be sure, the cancellation is momentous.  South Stream was …

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How Can We Build Safer Infrastructure?

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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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KQV 1410 Radio Interview

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Pittsburgh Hosts Shale Insight 2014 Conference The Shale Insight 2014 Conference was held in Pittsburgh from September 24th-25th. Former U.S. Energy Transportation Safety Chief and current Chairman and CEO of Nouveau Inc. Brigham McCown was in town for the conference and he talked about what’s on tap on the LiveLine with Joe Fenn. Click here …

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