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Government Sides With Tribe, Halts Pipeline Construction

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says it's a 'game changer'

(Newser) - On the heels of major defeat comes surprising victory: Shortly after a federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the federal government stepped in and did exactly that. ABC News reports the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior,... More »

Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Pipeline

Judge: Standing Rock Sioux didn't prove Dakota Access injunction warranted

(Newser) - A federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux's request for a temporary halt to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, the AP reports. Judge James Boasberg says he took the tribe's request very seriously— NPR notes he acknowledged the "contentious and tragic" relationship between Native... More »

Protest Over Dakota Pipeline Near Reservation Is Growing

A big decision is expected Friday

(Newser) - The protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline launched by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is continuing to grow, with fellow tribes and environmentalists joining the cause. The planned pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Illinois, but it would cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation... More »

Pipeline Protest Near Reservation Turns Violent

Tribe in North Dakota taking a stand against four-state project

(Newser) - A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. Four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews Saturday... More »

Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace

(Newser) - Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB , Gore, a mother of... More »

Genius Idea Gets Busted: Booze Pipeline

Ukraine officials find pipeline trying to send bootleg alcohol into Moldova

(Newser) - The details are scant thus far, but this is not your daddy's pipeline: Authorities in Ukraine say they have foiled plans to ship bootleg alcohol from Moldova to Ukraine via a pipeline, reports the AP . The SBU security service said on Tuesday that border guards in the country's... More »

Workers Laying Pipes Unearth Coins—1,300 Pounds of Them

Their mint condition suggests they were never in circulation

(Newser) - What should've been a simple maintenance project involving new water pipes in Spain has become something else entirely. Construction workers near Seville Wednesday stumbled upon about 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins from the third and fourth centuries crammed into 19 ancient amphoras, the AFP reports. The Washington ... More »

Up to 50K Gallons of Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River

Some Montana residents complain their drinking water smells like diesel

(Newser) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency for two counties yesterday after a 12-inch oil pipeline burst Saturday, pouring up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near the town of Glendive, the state's Department of Environmental Quality reports. Bridger Pipeline Co. noticed the... More »

Medieval City Plans Beer Pipeline

Belgian brewery wants to cut down on traffic

(Newser) - Beer is going to flow like water under the cobblestone streets of Bruges, Belgium, through the country's first beer pipeline. The 500-year-old De Halve Maan brewery is based in the heart of the medieval town, and its director tells AFP they want to keep making beer at the historic... More »

Pipeline Bursts, LA Neighborhood Knee-Deep in Oil

'It looked like a lake,' fire chief says

(Newser) - An oil pipeline burst in LA's Atwater Village neighborhood this morning, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the streets. The 20-inch above-ground pipe burst just after 1am, sending oil shooting up to 50 feet in the air, the LA Times reports. Remote crews soon shut off the oil,... More »

Exxon Mopping Up Oil Pipeline Spill in Ark.

Critics use accident to slam Keystone XL plan

(Newser) - Exxon Mobil is mopping up an underground pipeline spill that dumped thousands of gallons of oil on an Arkansas town, reports Reuters , as critics are using the accident to again pounce on the Keystone XL pipeline. A leak detected late Friday in Mayflower forced Exxon to shut its Pegasus pipeline,... More »

Iran Building $10B Pipeline to Syria

It will be completed next year, news agency claims

(Newser) - In a sign that international sanctions must be biting hard, Iran has announced a plan to revitalize its energy sector—with a pipeline to war-torn Syria. Semi-official news agency Fars says work on the 750-mile natural gas pipeline, which will pass through Iraq, has already begun, the AP reports. The... More »

Dodgers Pitcher Sues Over Endangered Ocelots

Josh Beckett says pipeline builder destroyed its habitat on his land

(Newser) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is suing a pipeline builder, claiming it destroyed the habitat of the endangered ocelot on his huge South Texas ranch. The lawsuit filed by the pitcher's Beckett Ventures Inc. says Eagle Ford Midstream LP violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearing land... More »

New UAE Pipeline Bypasses Gulf

Move makes Strait of Hormuz closure less of a threat

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates has officially opened a pipeline that gives the oil-exporting Persian Gulf nation some protection from the Gulf's political woes. The 236-mile Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline cuts through rugged terrain to reach Fujairah on the UAE's Indian Ocean coast, reports the BBC . The pipeline... More »

If Iran Shuts Strait of Hormuz, Saudis Have Plan B

It reopens old pipeline that cuts across country

(Newser) - Iran is making noises about shutting the crucial Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, and Saudi Arabia is getting ready just in case. If it can't ship its crude through the Gulf, it plans to use an old pipeline that cuts across the country to the Red Sea,... More »

Exxon Mopping Up New Oil Spill

80K gallons spilled from Louisiana pipeline over weekend

(Newser) - Amid reports of eyeless shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico, some good news for BP: There's a new oil spill, and it's not theirs. Rather, Exxon Mobil is cleaning up about 80,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a pipeline in rural Louisiana. The company says the... More »

Move Over, Keystone: 2 More Pipelines Planned

Calgary-based driller to send oil to Houston-based refinery

(Newser) - The Keystone XL pipeline may be mired in politics, but take heart, pipeline lovers: With Canadian crude oil production soaring, Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners and Calgary-based Enbridge hope to build two new pipelines to pump it to US refineries, the Wall Street Journal reports. The companies intend to build a... More »

Obama Vows to Speed Up Part of Pipeline

He says he'll cut red tape for Keystone's southern leg

(Newser) - President Obama defended his oil policy yesterday, pledging to speed up approval of the southern leg of the controversial Keystone pipeline project. "Anyone who says that we're somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn't paying attention," he said, adding that boosting production in the US won't... More »

US Refineries Close, Pushing Gas Prices Higher

With crude oil so expensive, they can't make money

(Newser) - Add one more victim to the soaring price of petroleum—refineries. Yes, despite gas prices rising another 6% in February, refineries in the US Northeast are shutting down because they're losing money, reports Wall Street Journal . And with Philadelphia-based Sunoco set to close the largest refinery in the region... More »

Congress Passes Wrong Pipeline Bill

House sends along wrong version, Senate passes without noticing

(Newser) - It was a rare moment of bicameral, bipartisan compromise—and also a complete screw-up. The House and Senate hurriedly passed a pipeline safety bill on Tuesday, but not the one they thought they were passing, Politico reports. Thanks to a "clerical error," the House wound up passing an... More »

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