Max Paris, CBC News, May 6, 2013
Company's defence is that National Energy Board is interpreting rules differently
The biggest oil and gas pipeline company in Canada is breaking National Energy Board safety rules at 117 of its 125 pump stations across the country, but Enbridge says it's not to blame.
Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, April 28, 2013
OTTAWA — Building a diamond mine, expanding an oilsands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government’s new environmental rules.But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process the heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as chemical explosive plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations prior to approval.
Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, Apr 25 2013
Hemmed in by unco-operative jurisdictions to the south, west and east, Alberta is looking upward, exploring at least two new northern projects that would help the province get its oil to tidewater, making it available for export to overseas markets.
Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, April 26, 2013
Government acts after receiving Greenpeace report
Scott Haggett, Reuters, April 16 2013
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd said on Tuesday it and Enbridge Inc, Canada's No.1 pipeline company, will build a rail terminal near Cromer, Manitoba, capable of handling up to 60,000 barrels per day of oil.
Stephen Harper’s “omnibus” strategy to overhaul green laws was proposed by oil industry, says records
Mike DeSouza, O.Canada.com, April 10 2013
OTTAWA – Lobbyists from Canada’s oil and gas industry recommended the Harper government’s 2012 strategy to put multiple changes to a series of environmental protection laws into a single piece of legislation, says a newly-released internal federal document.
Max Paris, CBC News, Apr 8, 2013
Enbridge will be 1st test of new rules for who qualifies to comment on projects
The National Energy Board is changing its rules for participation in public hearings, starting with its hearings in August into the reversal of a pipeline that runs through Ontario to Montreal.
Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03 2013
VANCOUVER — Federal hearings into the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are unfair because company witnesses are allowed to huddle before answering questions during cross-examination, says a lawyer for two conservation groups.
Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 28 2013
France’s Total SA says current market conditions favour processing oil sands crude on the U.S. Gulf Coast rather than building an $11.6-billion upgrader in Alberta, as the company took a $1.65-billion (U.S.) loss on its 49-per-cent stake in the cancelled Voyageur project.
Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, Mar. 27 2013
Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s biggest oil-sands producer, has cancelled its $11.6-billion Voyageur upgrader project because of soaring capital costs – and the belief that better profits are to be found in shipping out unprocessed bitumen.
By Geoff Dembicki, TheTyee.ca, March 25, 2013
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Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post, March 21 2013
While Ottawa agreed in Budget 2013 to extend tax breaks for manufacturers for two years, a request by developers of liquefied natural gas terminals on Canada’s West Coast to receive similar tax savings fell on deaf ears.
The Canadian Press, CBC News, Mar 19, 2013
Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford to submit preliminary report to Harper by June
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named an envoy to deal with aboriginal opposition to resource development in Alberta and British Columbia.
Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail, Mar. 18 2013
VANCOUVER — The federal government pushed back at suggestions it is advancing an energy agenda at the cost of the environment, announcing amendments to the Canada Shipping Act and eight new tanker-safety measures in British Columbia, where there have been deep concerns about pipeline safety and spill control.
News Release, Transport Canada, March 18, 2013
VANCOUVER — The Harper government today announced a number of measures toward the creation of a World-Class Tanker Safety System. The implementation of eight tanker safety measures was announced along with the introduction of the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, and the creation of a Tanker Safety Expert Panel to review Canada's current tanker safety system and propose further measures to strengthen it. The announcement was made by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.
Jeff Lewis, National Post, March 13 2013
JASPER, Alta. • The smell of crude oil lingers as Rob Scott eases his pickup truck into a pump station and stops next to a tangle of white pipelines and valves jutting from the ground.
Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, 9 Mar 2013
Behold the latest mystical and ecstatic pronouncements of Keystone XL acolytes.
Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 28 2013
OTTAWA — The federal government is opening a vast new frontier for oil and gas activity in Nunavut’s high Arctic with a call for companies to indicate their interest in bidding for exploration rights.
Richard Blackwell, Globe and Mail, Feb. 25 2013
For the second time in less than a year a key carbon capture and storage project in Alberta has been hit with a major setback, denting the province’s efforts to combat carbon emissions.
Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, February 24, 2013
EDMONTON - The Alberta government blames the “bitumen bubble” for the province’s current fiscal woes, but oil industry players have been warning about the phenomenon for more than a decade.A review of historical markets shows the gap between what Alberta oil sells for and the benchmark price for West Texas Intermediate has repeatedly hit $35 in the past two years.
Jim Stanford, Facts from the Fringe, CAW, Feb 20 2013
Elena Schor, elenaschor.com, Feb 15 2013
Remember last week, when TransCanada threw a jab at Keystone XL opponents by unveiling a “plan A” to move more than a half-million barrels of oil-sands crude out of Alberta — no matter what happens to the infamous pipeline – by converting parts of its natural gas Mainline to run oil?
Journalstar.com, February 9, 2013
CALGARY, Canada — Crude from Alberta's oil sands sells at a 30 percent discount to its U.S. counterpart. TransCanada Corp. Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling plans to narrow that gap whether or not his Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico wins approval from the Obama administration.
By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, February 7, 2013
But Alberta reluctant to ask for intervention, fearing it could backfire
Alberta desperately wants a pipeline built across a reluctant B.C., but not badly enough to court Ottawa's constitutional intervention.