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Appeal Court to decide on B.C. pipeline law that would impact Trans Mountain

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A British Columbia Court of Appeal hearing on proposed provincial legislation that would impact the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has concluded and a panel of five judges has reserved its decision.B.C. filed the reference case to ask the court whether it can create a permitting system for companies that wish to increase the amount of heavy...

Crude by rail exports fall in January as Alberta started production cuts

CALGARY, A.B. - The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports in January fell compared with December, but remained more than twice as high as 12 months earlier.The federal agency reports an average of 325,500 barrels per day of oil was exported by rail in January, down from 353,800 bpd in December but well above 145,700 bpd in January 2018.It...

Late bidding war drives Stampede sponsorship auction to $3.29M bid total

CALGARY, A.B. - An unexpected late bidding war for the right to sponsor veteran driver Troy Dorchester helped push the annual Calgary Stampede chuckwagon canvas auction to a $47,000 higher total than last year.Sponsorship bids for the 36 rigs competing at the annual tribute to cowboy culture totalled $3.29 million at the end of the event on Thursday night,...

Draft agreements reached in B.C. to protect caribou, long-term plan in works

VANCOUVER, B.C. - An agreement has been reached between the federal, provincial and two First Nations to offer temporary protection to the central caribou population in British Columbia while a long-term plan is developed.The agreement between B.C., Ottawa, the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations is one of two agreements announced Thursday.Doug Donaldson, B.C.’s minister of forests, lands, natural...

B.C. legislation only applies to Trans Mountain, project proponent argues

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The proponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says legislation proposed by British Columbia is targeting the project and would significantly impact it.A lawyer for Trans Mountain ULC is asking the B.C. Court of Appeal to reject proposed amendments to the province's Environmental Management Act that would create a permitting system for heavy oil transporters.Maureen Killoran...

Oil prices, Alberta election call cloud Stampede chuckwagon auction expectations

CALGARY, A.B. - Chuckwagon drivers and sponsors are hoping for the best as clouds of political and energy industry uncertainty gather ahead of the Calgary Stampede canvas auction tonight.The success of the annual event is considered a bellwether for the Calgary-based oil and gas industry, as many of the sponsors who pay to have their company names on the...

Carbon tax, oil and gas investment dominate Day 2 of Alberta campaign

LETHBRIDGE, A.B. - Energy policy dominated the Alberta election campaign Wednesday as the New Democrats promised more oil and gas processing in the province and the United Conservatives hammered the provincial and federal governments on carbon taxes.NDP Leader Rachel Notley began Day 2 of the campaign in Edmonton, where she announced plans to double incentives for petrochemical and upgrading...

Canada says B.C.’s proposed permitting regime for pipelines is unconstitutional

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A lawyer for the federal government says British Columbia is overreaching with an unconstitutional effort to regulate oil and gas shipments through its lands and waters.The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks if the provincial government can create a permitting regime for companies that transport hazardous substances through the province.Lawyer Jan...

Targeted methane emission cut rules estimated to save billions, says CERI study

CALGARY, A.B. - A study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute suggests the oil and gas industry could save billions of dollars if governments implement optimized methane emission reduction regulations instead of requiring the same level of cuts at every emitting source.The federal government has proposed regulations for methane emission reductions from the upstream oil and gas sector that...

Notley kicks off election Day 2 with vow to add value to Alberta’s oil and gas

EDMONTON - A.B. - Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley has kicked off her second day of campaigning with a promise to get more value out of the province's oil and gas products.She announced the plan at an Edmonton-based fabrication and engineering company.It aims to unlock $75 billion in investment, create 70,000 jobs and significantly increase the amount of petroleum...

First Nations, cities support B.C.’s plan to require permits for pipelines

VANCOUVER, B.C. - First Nations and cities that have seen costly and damaging oil spills are supporting British Columbia's efforts to require permits for companies transporting hazardous substances through the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks whether the province can create such a system, which would require companies to file disaster response plans...

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A lawyer representing British Columbia says proposed changes to an environmental law won't allow the province to refuse to provide a permit to a pipeline operator for no reason.B.C.'s Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks whether the province can create a permitting system for transporters of hazardous substances through its territory.The governments...

Alberta government announces further easing of oil production restrictions

EDMONTON, A.B. - The Alberta government has announced another easing of restrictions on oil production, saying the amount that can be produced will increase in May by 25,000 barrels per day and another 25,000 barrels per day in June.The province mandated production cuts at the start of this year in an effort to reduce a price discount on oil...

B.C. argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain, but it can protect environment

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A lawyer for the British Columbia government says the province knows it cannot stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but it can enact environmental laws to mitigate the harm it may cause.B.C.'s Court of Appeal is considering a reference case filed by the province that asks if it has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil...

B.C. Court of Appeal to hear province’s oil transport reference case Monday

VANCOUVER, B.C. - British Columbia's Court of Appeal will consider a key question regarding provincial powers in the political battle over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that starts Monday.The B.C. government's reference case asks the court if the province has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and...

TSB reduces tally of oil spilled by CN freight train in rural Manitoba

WINNIPEG, M.B. - Investigators have reduced their tally of how much oil spilled when a Canadian National freight train derailed last month on a western Manitoba ranch.Earlier this month, the Transportation Safety Board said at least one million litres of petroleum crude was released Feb. 16 when 37 tanker cars went off the tracks near the small community of...

Imperial Oil slows development of Aspen project, cites Alberta production cuts

CALGARY, A.B. - Imperial Oil Ltd. says it has slowed the development of its Aspen in situ oilsands project because of uncertainty due to the Alberta government's oil production curtailment program and other challenges.The Calgary-basedcompany says the slowdown will likely result in a delay of at least one year. First production from the project had been expected in 2022.Imperial...

Mounting orphan B.C. oil, gas wells pose environmental, financial risks: auditor

VICTORIA, B.C. - British Columbia's auditor general says there are almost 7,500 inactive oil and gas wells in the province that have not been properly decommissioned.Carol Bellringer says in a report that contamination from oil and gas activity can affect human health, ecosystems, water and air quality and timely restoration of non-operating well sites reduces environmental risk and financial...
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