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LNG exports: the subsidy pressures mount

Re: Asian buyers want cheaper BC gas

Can't miss the main message in this story: Christy Clark must mark down the cost of BC's LNG, or the Asian market won't be there, the companies hoping to produce LNG in BC won't sink the capital in, and her promises to deliver the pot'o'gold in time for the election in 2017 go pffft.

BC's brilliant LNG export scheme: announce an already stale subsidy

Re: Energy companies get B.C. natural gas extraction royalty breaks

Wow! This'll mollify an unhappy natural gas industry. Unhappy? How could they not be: hundreds of millions of dollars invested in BC natural gas, prices utterly collapsed, and nowhere to sell all this gas. If LNG doesn't fly, more than a few jobs and executive bonuses are on the line.

BC's brilliant electricity export scheme: pay $750 million to California.

Re: BC Hydro's Powerex agrees to settlement in California claims

Twelve years of the Liberal government and Powerex/BC Hydro officials claiming that Powerex did no wrong.

The LNG throne speech - full of gas

Re: When the gruel is this thin, fantasy looks like a good alternative

Well, that was one of the thinnest throne speeches in my memory (which admittedly is getting thinner too).

When is enough?

No iron horse to Alaska, any time soon

A Perfect Trifecta for Pulp Mills

The dirt on Kitimat Clean

Re: B.C. newspaper tycoon proposing $13-billion oil refinery for Northern Gateway oil

David Black’s proposal to build a refinery in Kitimat isn’t quite complete vapourware, in terms of the viability of the idea. But it’s pretty close to it – and the nattering online and in offices following Black's announcement has quickly pointed out its more obvious shortcomings.

Energy dog is chasing its tail

Re: Natural gas a better choice than Site C dam

Rick Koechl and Mike Kroecher make an interesting financial case for using natural gas to generate electricity, but I fear they are too close to the thing they are looking at to get it in perspective. Back to that in a moment.

If you think Alberta has a problem, you should check out BC

Re: Groups launch campaign calling for independent review of pipeline safety

Alberta's pipelines are springing leaks on almost a weekly basis now. The province has given the oil, gas, and pipeline industry an easy ride for decades, and the combination of years, sheer number of pipes and the lax oversight is making itself evident.

Empress of British Columbia

Re: Clark declares natural gas ‘green energy’ as long as it’s used for LNG

It was inevitable that government would do this, but I expected it to be Gordon Campbell and Richard Neufeld and Barry Penner - they being the ones that wrote the definition of clean energy as being a bunch of renewable and reasonable things (including hydrocarbons, if all the carbon is sequestered) but reserved the option for the Minister of Energy and Mines to "recognize" any electricity as Clean or Renewable".

Pipelines crossing Jackson Creek

Re: Alberta residents angry after oil spills into nearby lake

I was curious to know the context for the pipeline which ruptured near Sundre, Alberta, on Thursday. Checking the news, I discovered that it had collapsed under Jackson Creek, described as a tributary of the Red Deer River, between Sundre and Gleniffer Lake, the reservoir downstream created by the Dickson Dam.

'Ladyferning' the northline with pipelines

Re: TransCanada to build pipeline for Shell LNG plant

Hey, British Columbians, let’s watch our governments, our regulators, and these corporations be really stupid about these pipelines!

A local government landslide?

Re: Council opposes Northern Gateway Pipeline

Whistler joins the growing list of communities, local governments, and First Nations opposing the Northern Gateway Project. Let the landslide begin!

Pipelines to Nowhere

Re: Decision expected on request by TransCanada to alter gas line

Even in the early part of the last decade, when natural gas prices were much higher, before North American shale gas appeared to be as plentiful or as producible as it seems now, the two big proposed Arctic natural gas pipelines – Mackenzie Gas Project, and Alaska Pipeline Project, both of which would bring northern gas to Alberta and into the continental pipeline system – would only get built if massive federal subsidies were made available.

Get the effing EA out of my way and let me build my effing project

Re: Single review process needed to break logjam

We agree with the single process approach to environmental assessment, but so much of this editorial is motivated by the anti-regulation perspective on EA - which is, "get the effing EA out of my way and let me build my effing project."

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