Obama lobby of Senate leads to defeat of Keystone pipeline

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by Audrey Hudson

The Senate failed Thursday to overturn the White House’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline due in part to a last-minute lobbying effort by President Barack Obama.

Obama’s efforts to head off defiance of his order through phone calls to Democratic lawmakers resulted in 56 yeas and 42 nays — four short of the 60 votes needed to pass.

“The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose route has yet to be proposed,” White House Press SecretaryJay Carney said when asked about Obama’s lobbying efforts earlier in the day.

The amendment to the highway bill authored by Sen. John Hoeven (R- N.D.) would have stripped the president of his authority to deny the needed permit to build the cross-border pipeline from Canada to Texas.

“Frankly, it’s hard to even comprehend how out of touch (Obama)…

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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Mar 2 – Mar 8, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 12 new projects and updated 31 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.
Africa – West
Afren Confirms High Quality Oil at Okoro East
Mar 7, 2012 – Afren has completed testing at the Okoro East oil discovery, confirming high-quality API oil of 38 to 40 degrees in excellent reservoir sands. Based on the test data the company expects future horizontal production wells at Okoro East to be capable of yielding between 4,500 to 7,000 bopd per well. The company will drill two production wells using existing facilities in the second half of 2012 and up to eight production wells, under a full field development scenario. Three drill stem tests have been performed and completed, said Afren. The…

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