Putin, Merkel defend Nord Stream pipeline

Putin, Merkel defend Nord Stream pipelineRussian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a rare show of unity Friday defending the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, criticised by Ukraine and threatened by US sanctions. The two leaders held their first face-to-face meeting in a year in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi where they also discussed the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal.


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U.S. driven by self-interest in wanting to block Russia pipeline: German minister

U.S. driven by self-interest in wanting to block Russia pipeline: German ministerA close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning to the United States about the risks of placing “America First”, accusing Washington of seeking to block a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to shore up its own exports. Economy minister Peter Altmaier defended the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is strongly opposed by many East European countries as well as the U.S., who say that by circumventing Ukraine the pipeline will increase Russia’s leverage over countries that rely on Moscow’s energy sales. Ahead of a summit due later on Friday between Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Altmaier said the European Union should guarantee that Ukraine will continue to receive gas transit fees, even after the pipeline is built under the Baltic.


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U.S. top court rejects Constitution Pipeline over New York permit

U.S. top court rejects Constitution Pipeline over New York permitBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt another setback to a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New York, rejecting Constitution Pipeline Co’s bid to challenge New York state’s refusal to issue a needed water permit for the project. The high court left in place an August 2017 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the state. Partners in the 125-mile (201-km) pipeline project include Williams Cos Inc, Duke Energy Corp, WGL Holdings Inc and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates pipelines, first approved construction of the project in 2014 and then again in 2016, conditional upon other approvals.


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Canadian Prime Minister Presses For Pipeline

  1. Canadian Prime Minister Presses For Pipeline  Wall Street Journal
  2. Canada’s Trudeau ready to offer aid to ensure pipeline is built  Reuters
  3. Trudeau Seeks Talks With Kinder After Failing to Ease Pipeline Spat  Bloomberg
  4. After a sunny Summit of the Americas, Trudeau arrives home to face warring premiers  CBC.ca
  5. In Canada, 2 Provinces Feud Over Pipeline: Will It Bring Jobs or Spills?  New York Times
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Trudeau in 'financial' talks to resolve heated pipeline dispute

Trudeau in 'financial' talks to resolve heated pipeline disputePrime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday his government is holding “financial discussions” and weighing legislation to help resolve a high-stakes clash between two Canadian provinces over a major pipeline project. The dispute in Canada’s west has oil-rich Alberta boycotting trade with British Columbia over its environment-based opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline. The spat has raised fears of a constitutional crisis, and Trudeau’s own political future may be at stake.


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