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ExxonMobil challenges “retroactive changes” on Russian sanctions by US Treasury

ExxonMobil challenges “retroactive changes” on Russian sanctions by US Treasury

ExxonMobil argues Treasury can’t apply sanctions just because it retroactively changes its interpretation of rules ExxonMobil said it has launched a legal challenge to a finding by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it violated U.S. sanctions against Russia in 2014 when the company followed authoritative and specific guidance from the Obama […]

Canadian natural gas market well supplied, US exports in decline – NEB

Canadian natural gas market well supplied, US exports in decline – NEB

High levels of supply result in lower prices and less drilling Canadian natural gas producers keep the national market well supplied, but exports to traditional American markets are declining because of competition from cheap shale gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plans are languishing due surplus supply and low prices, according to the National […]

Cenovus, Suncor meeting sustainability goals, including reducing emissions over 30% by 2026

Cenovus, Suncor meeting sustainability goals, including reducing emissions over 30% by 2026

Cenovus surpassed 30 million tonnes of CO2 injected underground since 2000, equivalent to taking 6,000,000 cars off the road Two of Alberta’s largest oil sands producers, Suncor Energy and Cenovus Energy, released their corporate sustainability reports Monday and reducing  greenhouse gas emissions while lowering costs to ensure long-term competitiveness was a major theme for both […]

Fort Nelson First Nation files judicial review to protect threatened boreal caribou

Fort Nelson First Nation files judicial review to protect threatened boreal caribou

“BCOGC demonstrated inadequate, unlawful and wholly unacceptable approach to consultation” Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) has filed for a judicial review of the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) approval of Rockyview Resources Inc.’s recent gas pipeline project, according to a press release. “The 39km proposed gas pipeline cuts right through core caribou habitat in […]

Canada a ‘late entrant’ to global LNG market, says new NEB report

Canada a ‘late entrant’ to global LNG market, says new NEB report

Woodfibre LNG only Canadian project where company reached final investment decision to proceed Canada is a late entrant to the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market and the next several years will be critical to the development of the Canadian industry, according to a new report released by the energy information and analysis unit of […]

Highly automated light duty vehicles to begin in 2020 – Navigant Research

Highly automated light duty vehicles to begin in 2020 – Navigant Research

Governments beginning to approve legislation to allow commercial deployment on public roads Governments are starting to approve legislation allowing deployment of vehicles with increasingly automated capabilities, finds a new report from Navigant Research. It analyzes regional markets for light duty passenger vehicles (LDVs) and medium or heavy duty commercial vehicles with highly automated driving capability, […]

US coal exports increase over first 6 months of 2017

US coal exports increase over first 6 months of 2017

American coal exports still well below national export capacity of 257 million short tons Coal exports for the first quarter of 2017 were 58% higher than in the same quarter last year, with steam coal exports increasing by 6 million short tons (MMst) and metallurgical coal exports increasing by 2 MMst, according to the US […]

US news brief July 18: Big Oil applauds Trump NAFTA plans to further integrate Canada into USA oil/gas market

US news brief July 18: Big Oil applauds Trump NAFTA plans to further integrate Canada into USA oil/gas market

Also in this brief: Gasoline to average $2.38/gallon ($.79CDN/litre) this summer API calls for tighter integration of North American oil/gas markets as Canada seeks new markets in Asia Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, says he is pleased to see the Trump Administration’s recommendations for “modernizing” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to […]

Global upstream investment on track to double in 2017 – Wood Mackenzie

Global upstream investment on track to double in 2017 – Wood Mackenzie

Majors continue to dominate new project sanctions According to a recent Wood Mackenzie report “A big year for FIDs: 2017 marks a turning point“, the number of upstream projects reaching FID (final investment decision) in 2017 could double to 25 compared to only 12 last year. In the first half of the year, the industry […]

Pipeline tampering activists beware, industry and CSIS monitoring energy infrastructure

Pipeline tampering activists beware, industry and CSIS monitoring energy infrastructure

CSIS not releasing details, but says it is monitoring threats to energy infrastructure Construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline is set to begin this fall, which raises the spectre of more pipeline tampering of the sort engaged in last fall by five Climate Direct Action actvists, who shut valves on high-pressure pipelines, then waited […]