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Quebec government publishes draft oil and gas regulations

Quebec government publishes draft oil and gas regulations

Quebec-based companies preparing to expand oil and gas exploration The Quebec government has set out new regulations for oil and gas development in the province and industry is praising the approach, which it says balances development with high standards of environmental protection. The Petroleum Resources Act replaces the Quebec Mining Act. No date has yet been set for […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
British Columbia to raise carbon tax by $5 annually, will be $50 a tonne by 2021

British Columbia to raise carbon tax by $5 annually, will be $50 a tonne by 2021

Tax rate on electricity reduced to 3.5% from 7% The BC government announced effective April 1, 2018, the carbon tax rates are increased by $5 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions until April 1, 2021 and rates are $50 per tonne, according to a press release. Also announced was that the tax rate on […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
B.C. economy expected to slow in 2018

B.C. economy expected to slow in 2018

CPAs say recent wildfires will have long-term economic impact According to the BC Check-Up, an annual economic report released by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC), provincial GDP is forecasted to 2.9 per cent in 2017, and 2.0 per cent in 2018. “B.C.’s strong economy continued to attract residents last year, and the […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma lead to higher gasoline prices in Florida

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma lead to higher gasoline prices in Florida

Evacuations of large population centers preceding the hurricane increased gasoline purchases Hurricane Irma significantly disrupted gasoline markets in Florida, first by prompting increased demand and then by disrupting the supply chain needed to deliver the fuel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The evacuation of people in anticipation of Hurricane Irma led to higher […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Geology vs. technology: How sustainable is Permian tight?

Geology vs. technology: How sustainable is Permian tight?

Less Permian supply from 2021 onwards would exacerbate global supply gap Technology has played a huge role in the rapid rise of production in the Permian. Operators are bullish on the region’s long-term potential and poised to exploit the Permian at an unparalleled pace over the next few years, according to a report by Wood […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Scientists working to overcome roadblocks to more efficient car engine

Scientists working to overcome roadblocks to more efficient car engine

New lean burn, compression ignition engines can’t be commercialized without catalytic converters to lower emissions Almost 160 years after the invention of the internal combustion engine, a new type of engine – designed like a diesel engine with no ignition, operating at low-temperature, allowing it to consume less fuel – offers promise for the transportation […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Vancouver “de facto” natural gas ban will cost households, businesses, community groups – study

Vancouver “de facto” natural gas ban will cost households, businesses, community groups – study

Energy costs likely to go up, even with new efficiency standards in buildings A trio of Vancouver city policies amounts to a de facto ban on natural gas in pursuit of a “100% renewable energy” target, according to a study from Resource Works. The study claims the ban is based on insufficient renewable natural gas and could […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Changing quality mix affecting crude oil price differentials and refining decisions

Changing quality mix affecting crude oil price differentials and refining decisions

Gulf Coast refineries in U.S. typically supplied with heavy Mexican, South American crude Growth in global liquid fuels supply since March 2017 has been driven by increases in the production of historically higher-priced light crude oils, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This growth has more than offset recent declines in the production of […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Kinder Morgan to hold full scale emergency response exercise in Burnaby

Kinder Morgan to hold full scale emergency response exercise in Burnaby

In 2016, the NEB evaluated 14 full scale emergency response exercises The National Energy Board(NEB) will take part in a full scale emergency response exercise at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal, in Burnaby, British Columbia and at the Incident Command Post in Coquitlam, according to a press release. The exercise is a requirement under a condition of the Trans […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
TransCanada testing new Calgary based pipeline safety technology

TransCanada testing new Calgary based pipeline safety technology

Testing locations include both ends of the Keystone pipeline TransCanada says a set of very sharp ears is being added to their pipeline monitoring and leak detection program, thanks to innovative new technology from Calgary based Hifi Engineering. After extensive testing in the lab, TransCanada, Enbridge and the Government of Alberta are teaming up for a […]

By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →