Labor

Cornell Study Counters TransCanada’s Keystone Jobs Claim

A study by the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University counters recent claims by TransCanada Corp.’s CEO Russ Girling that the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from the Alberta-U.S. international border to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) region could create as many as 20,000 new jobs.

November 9, 2011

October Inches Higher in Light Post-Holiday Trading

Staging a partial rebound from Friday’s 17.8-cent drop, October natural gas futures following the long Labor Day weekend gained back 6.6 cents to close Tuesday’s regular session at $3.938. The November contract enjoyed much the same ride by moving 5.3 cents higher to $4.043 following Friday’s 17.6-cent drubbing.

September 7, 2011

OSHA Cites National Grid for Trench Safety Violations

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Monday cited National Grid, a major supplier of natural gas and electricity to the U.S. Northeast, for alleged serious violations of trenching safety standards that led to an employee being injured following the June collapse of a natural gas line trench in Boston. National Grid faces a total of $36,500 in proposed fines.

November 3, 2010

Industry Briefs

Backers of the NorthernStar Natural Gas Corp.’s proposed Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal have joined a business-labor coalition lobbying the Oregon legislature for legislation to streamline permitting of energy and transportation projects. NorthernStar’s LNG project threw its support behind last Wednesday’s rally staged at the Oregon Capitol in Salem by Energy Action Northwest (see Daily GPI, Feb. 11). In particular, Bradwood LNG’s backers are supporting SB 1020, which they contend is needed to assure Oregon of reliable energy supplies. “Across Oregon, there are proposals to build new roads, water and sewer lines, transmission lines, rail lines and pipelines,” a Bradwood Landing spokesperson said. “Collectively, these projects would invest billions of dollars in Oregon, creating thousands of family wage jobs and putting people to work for years. Many of these projects will be funded without any taxpayer dollars.” A number of state legislators spoke in favor of the measure during the rally.

February 17, 2010

Industry Briefs

Backers of the NorthernStar Natural Gas Corp.’s proposed Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal have joined a business-labor coalition lobbying the Oregon legislature for legislation to streamline permitting of energy and transportation projects. NorthernStar’s LNG project threw its support behind last Wednesday’s rally staged at the Oregon Capitol in Salem by Energy Action Northwest (see Daily GPI, Feb. 11). In particular, Bradwood LNG’s backers are supporting SB 1020, which they contend is needed to assure Oregon of reliable energy supplies. “Across Oregon, there are proposals to build new roads, water and sewer lines, transmission lines, rail lines and pipelines,” a Bradwood Landing spokesperson said. “Collectively, these projects would invest billions of dollars in Oregon, creating thousands of family wage jobs and putting people to work for years. Many of these projects will be funded without any taxpayer dollars.” A number of state legislators spoke in favor of the measure during the rally.

February 17, 2010

Northwest Energy Coalition Criticizes Environmental Group

A business-labor coalition in the Pacific Northwest is lashing out at environmental organization Columbia Riverkeeper (CRK) for allegedly working covertly in a recent anti-liquefied natural gas (LNG) local election. CRK’s work supposedly led to the narrow recall of one of five members of the Clatsop County (OR) Commission, a majority of which has supported building an LNG receiving terminal along the Columbia River.

November 23, 2009

Northwest Energy Coalition Criticizes Environmental Group

A business-labor coalition in the Pacific Northwest has lashed out at environmental organization Columbia Riverkeeper (CRK) for allegedly working covertly in a recent anti-liquefied natural gas (LNG) local election. CRK’s work supposedly led to the narrow recall of one of five members of the Clatsop County (OR) Commission, a majority of which has supported building an LNG receiving terminal along the Columbia River.

November 18, 2009

Maine Puts Halt to Northeast Energy Corridor

Pressured by Maine manufacturers, labor unions and energy developers, Maine Gov. John Baldacci Friday signed into law legislation that places a moratorium on a controversial plan for an energy corridor to move electricity and natural gas between New Brunswick, Canada and New England. Baldacci inked the bill only hours after the state legislature passed it.

June 15, 2009

Maine Puts Halt to Northeast Energy Corridor

Pressured by Maine manufacturers, labor unions and energy developers, Maine Gov. John Baldacci Friday signed into law legislation that places a moratorium on a controversial plan for an energy corridor to move electricity and natural gas between New Brunswick, Canada and New England. Baldacci inked the bill only hours after the state legislature passed it.

June 15, 2009

NW Business-Labor Coalition Turns Up Heat in Oregon

More than a million natural gas customers are going to be added in Oregon and Washington during the next 20 years, according to business-labor coalition Energy Action Northwest, and it behooves the keepers of the region’s infrastructure to prepare for the growth. However, that is not happening fast enough for Edward Finklea, an energy attorney and executive director of the coalition.

April 27, 2009