Markham on Energy

CERI study of Canadian oil/gas economic benefits welcome ahead of NAFTA negotiations

CERI study of Canadian oil/gas economic benefits welcome ahead of NAFTA negotiations

Trump Administration can’t ignore significant economic benefits Canadian oil/gas generates in United States Canada will sit at the table to re-negotiate NAFTA with the United States in the near future and energy is expected to be a substantial part of the discussions. A new study on┬áthe impact of the Canadian oil and gas industry on […]

Canadian natural gas producers face rocky future without West Coast LNG

Canadian natural gas producers face rocky future without West Coast LNG

CAPP expects Canadian natural gas exports to US to decline 50% by 2030 In the wake of Petronas’ decision to cancel the Pacific NorthWest LNG project three weeks ago, there is good and bad news for Canadian ┬ánatural gas producers over the short to medium-term. Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good. The Malaysian energy giant […]

The curious case of Rachel Notley’s view that BC just doing ‘due diligence’ on Trans Mountain Expansion

The curious case of Rachel Notley’s view that BC just doing ‘due diligence’ on Trans Mountain Expansion

Is Notley incompetent? Or is her goal to keep BC Premier Horgan out of the political battle for now? Rachel Notley’s response to yesterday’s announcement that BC will use legal challenges to block the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline is curious. The Alberta premier thinks the new NDP government is just doing its “due diligence,” but […]

BC NDP govt throws down gauntlet to Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project

BC NDP govt throws down gauntlet to Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she welcomes BC’s “due diligence” over Trans Mountain Expansion The new NDP government in British Columbia has retained veteran lawyer Thomas Berger to advise on the best way to assert provincial jurisdiction and frustrate construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline, slated to begin work next month. At a […]

Are Alberta oil sands’ costs lower than American shale basins? You’ll be surprised

Are Alberta oil sands’ costs lower than American shale basins? You’ll be surprised

Alberta oil sands costs are $30-40/b, compared to $50 break even for most US shale producers The prevailing wisdom in Alberta is that Western Canada is one of the highest cost oil and gas basins in the world. Certainly far more costly than American shale basins like the Permian in West Texas, which is attracting […]

Mazda introduces revolutionary gasoline engine that will emit 90% less CO2 by 2050

Mazda introduces revolutionary gasoline engine that will emit 90% less CO2 by 2050

Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X engine – and similar innovations from other automakers – could slow down adoption of electric vehicles While global automakers stampede into electric vehicles, Mazda has taken a different approach, announcing Tuesday that it has perfected a new internal combustion engine technology that will enable its cars to pump out 50 per cent less […]

City of Calgary preparing for the (not so far off) autonomous electric vehicle future

City of Calgary preparing for the (not so far off) autonomous electric vehicle future

Currently about 3 million light duty vehicles in Alberta, but less than 1,000 EVs Electric vehicles are set to take over the world, folks. Not in the immediate future, but soon enough that city governments are beginning to think about how to accommodate the regulatory, traffic, and business changes EVs will cause. Some of those […]

Alberta conservative ‘bozo eruptions’ help BC Kinder Morgan opponents

Alberta conservative ‘bozo eruptions’ help BC Kinder Morgan opponents

“Bozo eruptions” from religious social conservative Wildrose candidates sank that party’s 2012 election chances Alberta conservatives don’t get it. They’re so eager to fight with the British Columbia NDP government – and pipeline opponents hoping for a Hail Mary pass from Premier John Horgan – that they happily undermine Alberta’s case for the project. Or, […]

Jason Kenney threatens trade war with BC over Trans Mountain…whose interests is he serving?

Jason Kenney threatens trade war with BC over Trans Mountain…whose interests is he serving?

Threats to retaliate against BC if Horgan government inhibits pipeline progress benefits Kenney, but may harm Kinder Morgan’s construction efforts Erik Wiik is an early-30s engineer who owns a Vancouver-based small business – exactly the kind of lower mainland voter whose support Alberta needs to cultivate in the great pipeline debate. But Jason Kenney and […]

Pipelines – not carbon tax and climate policies – the big issue for Alberta oil/gas producers – Dave Collyer

Pipelines – not carbon tax and climate policies – the big issue for Alberta oil/gas producers – Dave Collyer

Construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion is big test for Canadian oil and gas industry – Collyer Eric Nuttall of the Sprott Energy Fund is mad as hell, so mad he’s taking his $146.3 million energy fund out of the Canadian oil and gas industry and investing in American shale production instead. Is capital […]