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CAPP: Alberta climate plan puts jobs, investment, emission goals at risk

“This plan doesn’t  – only pit companies against each other, but communities as well.” – McMillan By Tim McMillan, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers We share Alberta’s desire to reduce emissions while protecting jobs and ensuring the competitiveness of the energy sector. However, the government’s model, as presented last week, […]

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Low costs, less red tape boosts Saskatchewan thermal oil production

Black Pearl says Saskatchewan thermal oil low production costs rival those of Permian Basin in West Texas Saskatchewan thermal oil – thick, heavy crude that is steamed to make it flow in a well – near the border-straddling city of Lloydminster competes with the famed Permian basin fields for low costs, output doesn’t decline quickly

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Pipeline integrity programs: Is a 5,000 barrel Keystone-style leak likely in Canada?

CEPA says pipeline integrity program begun in 2010 is showing results, data suggests pipeline leaks are declining Thanks, TransCanada, your timing couldn’t have been worse. Spilling 5,000 barrels of crude oil in South Dakota in mid-Nov. just as construction begins on the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline has again stoked British Columbia pipeline opposition. But the

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Oil companies cautious, Pembina supportive of new Alberta plan to lower GHGs from large emitters

Average cost of Carbon Competitiveness Incentives will be $.50/b and 92-95% of production will pay under $1/b – Pembina The Alberta government released the Carbon Competitiveness Incentives (its replacement for the large emitter program) this week and thus far industry continues to worry about higher costs in a low price environment, while carbon pricing supporters praised

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Court orders stop to random drug, alcohol testing at Suncor oil sands operations

Unifor says supervisor “first contact” and “testing for cause” more effective, less degrading to workers The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta  issued an injunction Thursday preventing Suncor, Canada’s largest integrated energy company, from reinstating random drug and alcohol testing at its oil sands operations. “Unifor maintains that random testing is invasive and degrading, the

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US LNG production will more than triple by 2019 as exports boom – EIA

Texas and Louisiana lead increase in US natural gas liquefaction capacity American LNG capacity increased in 2017 as exports surged, but the industry is set for an even bigger expansion over the next two years as five new plants come on stream, boosting capacity to 9.6 Bcf/d, according to the US Energy Information Administration. In August 2017,

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Trans Mountain Expansion given permission by NEB to ignore City of Burnaby bylaws

Burnaby says City staff processed permit requests in timely fashion, “shocked” by NEB’s Trans Mountain Expansion decision The Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project does not have to comply with City of Burnaby bylaws, according to the National Energy Board, which issued its decision Thursday afternoon. The federal regulator says it will provide reasons for the decision at

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Resource extraction responsible for high energy-intensity of Alberta, Saskatchewan economies

Burning natural gas in petroleum, mining industries causes higher greenhouse gas emissions New provincial and territorial energy profiles from the National Energy Board show that half of Canada’s energy is consumed by industry. Alberta and Saskatchewan have the highest energy intensity and highest consumption per capita, primarily due to energy intensive resource extraction. The effect

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Alberta’s new Carbon Competitiveness Incentives program ‘makes too much sense’ – economist

Replacement for large emitter tax is combination of carbon levy, output-based allocations, $1.4 billion innovation fund After  months of consultations and public hints, the Alberta government finally unveiled the Carbon Competitiveness Incentives program. This is big news for the provincial oil patch, but will also after other industries like cement production, chemical manufacturing, and electricity

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Alberta oil and gas owners who abandon wells face more scrutiny as regulation loophole closed

Alberta loaned $235-million to Orphan Well Association to clean up old wells Oil and gas producers that walk away from wells or other infrastructure without doing the required cleaning up will face tougher scrutiny the next time they try to start a new company. The announcement from the Alberta government and the provincial regulator as

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