A New Purpose for Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors

Extractives companies benefit when they tie business success to social good.

New research finds a clear business case for the extractives sectors to improve the communities and countries in which they operate.


New research finds a clear business case for the extractives sectors to improve the communities and countries in which they operate.

U.S. Fuel Economy Hit New Highs With 2013 Models

Posted by Christina Nunez

American cars are using less gas per mile and emitting less carbon dioxide than ever before, according to a government analysis released Wednesday. The average fuel economy of 2013 models is 27.6 miles per gallon for cars and 19.8 miles per gallon for trucks, “both of which are all-time highs,” said the report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

WIST Laboratory Services Working with Siemens on R&D

Aim is sustainable water technology for oil and gas industry

A research project underway by the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) will help global company Siemens provide sustainable water technology to the oil and gas industry.

Taking Pipeline Construction to New Heights

TransCanada overcame the steep and rugged mountainous terrain in Mexico by utilizing uncommon pipeline construction techniques.

While the word gondola conjures images of skier-filled cable cars ascending breathtaking slopes, in the spectacular terrain along TransCanada’s Tamazunchale Extension Pipeline Project, this is not the case. Here, a state-of-the art construction gondola transports tons of steel pipe and construction materials, not people. This gondola technology is helping crews conquer the steep, difficult slope they’ve affectionately dubbed, “Waterloo”.

Wildlife Rescue Team Lands New Home

Wildlife Haven in Ile-des-Chenes, MB has just signed a community land lease partnership with TransCanada to create a long-term foundation for their rehabilitation and educational programming.

A volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, Wildlife Haven has occupied various locations since it began rehabilitating injured wildlife and educating the public in 1984. For the past five years, their home has been an unused dairy barn donated by the Van Gorp family in Ile-des-Chênes.

Keystone XL PiPeline: The Debate​ Stretches​ On


Recently the U.S. Department announced it would allow time for eight federal agencies to submit their views on the ​controversial Keystone XL pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico​, cast​ing ​a shadow of uncertainty over the ​project’s route. The proposed pipeline ​passes through Nebraska and other states along the way.

Atlantic Seismic Tests for Oil: Marine Animals at Risk?

U.S. environmental review paves the way for first air-gun surveys in 26 years off the East Coast.

The Obama administration has paved the way for the first seismic oil and gas exploration in 26 years off the U.S. Atlantic coast, with an environmental review that concludes the air-gun blasts will have “moderate” impacts on marine mammals and sea turtles.

Study: Planning Can Protect Whales in Seismic Energy Surveys

Scientists outline recommendations for protecting whales and other marine animals from loud blasts generated by ocean seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration
Whale experts have teamed up with the oil and gas industry to develop a step-by-step guide for reducing the impacts of noise pollution from marine seismic surveys on whales and other marine species.
The paper, published in the current issue of the journal Aquatic Mammals, was the result of a collaboration between scientists with the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and the Russian consortium, Sakhalin Energy Investment.

What You Don't Know About Energy Vocabulary

The Great Energy Challenge Quiz

You probably know words such as fracking and hydroelectricity, but how well do you really know the language that helps describe our energy landscape? Take the Energy Quiz, "What You Don't Know About Energy," and find out.

Visit The Great Energy Challenge Energy Quizz Hub and put your energy IQ to the test.

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Posted by Marianne Lavelle

U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying an unprecedented volume of flammable liquid—and the majority of tank cars used for those liquids are prone to be punctured in an accident, safety investigators have been warning for 20 years.


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