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$300K in damage: Calgary men charged after copper wire thefts from oilwell sites

CALGARY, A.B. - Two Calgary men face multiple charges after thefts of copper wire and tools at several rural oilwell sites.Police say about $300,000 in damage was caused by thieves who cut the wire out of buildings.The Calgary Police Service says it worked with RCMP to track, locate and arrest two suspects.Pieces of unstripped copper wire and heavy equipment tools,...

One winter storm passes another looms as warnings posted on B.C.’s south coast

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Residents of British Columbia's south coast will have to keep their snow shovels handy after putting them to use, many for the first time this winter, over the weekend.Just hours after Environment Canada lifted one snowfall warning for the region, a second has been issued as the weather office warns of ``a long period of snowfall...

Indigenous pro oil rally in Alberta stresses energy industry is vital for them

LAC LA BICHE, A.B. - Indigenous supporters of Canada's oil and gas industry turned out here in force Sunday to make the point that the sector plays a vital role in their lives.``It doesn't matter if you're a business owner or a worker or an aboriginal community. We're all in this together,'' Lee Thom, a councillor from Kikino Metis...

B.C. Oil and Gas Commission warns Coastal GasLink over pipeline construction

VANCOUVER _ The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet'suwet'en...

B.C. Oil and Gas Commission warns Coastal GasLink over pipeline construction

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet'suwet'en...

Missouri leak prompts closure of parts of TransCanada, Enbridge pipeline

ST. LOUIS, MO - An oil leak near St. Louis prompted the closure of parts of two pipelines as crews work to determine the source, company officials and Missouri regulators said Thursday.The leak was discovered Wednesday near St. Charles, Mo., about 48 kilometres northwest of St. Louis. TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline and Enbridge Inc.'s Platte pipeline are among several that...

B.C. starts new reconciliation process with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

VICTORIA, B.C. - British Columbia says it's starting a new reconciliation process with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who are at the centre of opposition to a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.The province says in a release Thursday that the government and the Office of the Wet'suwet'en are undertaking a process focused on Wet'suwet'en title, rights, laws and traditional...

Alberta contributes $3.3M for huge solar farm in remote Fort Chipewyan

EDMONTON, A.B. - Alberta will work with Indigenous groups in the province's remote northeast corner on what the government says will be Canada's largest off-the-grid solar power project.The plan is for 7,500 solar panels to be erected at the power plant near the airport at Fort Chipewyan.It's expected the solar farm will be operating by next year and replace the...

Governor says Washington will try to influence Trans Mountain ‘every way’ it can

SEATTLE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state shares concerns with British Columbia about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and will try to influence the project every way it can under Canadian law.Inslee made the comments at a joint news conference in Seattle today with B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is visiting the state to discuss partnerships on...

CNQ partners in ‘significant’ South Africa offshore oil and gas find

CALGARY, A.B. - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says its partner in a deepwater offshore drilling project in South Africa is reporting a ``significant gas condensate'' discovery.The Calgary-based company best known for its Alberta oilsands production traded an ownership stake in the offshore exploration block known for its challenging sea conditions to Total S.A. in 2013, in return for the French...

BC Hydro deferral accounts at $5.5 billion, says rate review by auditor general

VICTORIA, B.C. - Auditor general Carol Bellringer says BC Hydro has deferred $5.5 billion in expenses that it plans to recover from ratepayers over time.Bellringer focuses on the deferred expenses in a report on the public utility's use of rate-regulated accounting to control the prices it charges customers.She says rate-regulated accounting is used widely across North America, but cautions...

Suncor cites crude by rail woes as it calls for early end to Alberta oil cuts

CALGARY, A.B. - Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its ``unintended consequences.''CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to...

Suncor blames western Canadian oil price discounts for $280M net loss

CALGARY, A.B. - Suncor Energy Inc. is blaming a net loss in the last three months of 2018 primarily on steep price discounts for western Canadian oil, including the upgraded synthetic crude it produces at its oilsands mining operations.The Calgary-based producer says it had a net loss of $280 million or 18 cents per share in the fourth quarter...

Hearing put over to April for Coastal GasLink pipeline protesters in B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Fourteen people arrested while protesting a pipeline in northwestern British Columbia will have to wait about two months to learn if contempt charges against them will be pursued as a criminal or civil matter.The 14 were in court in Prince George Monday after being arrested Jan. 7 when heavily armed RCMP officers dismantled a blockade...

Pembina going ahead with polypropylene plant joint venture with Kuwaiti firm

CALGARY, A.B. - A $4.5-billion Alberta project to turn propane into plastic will help deliver world prices to land-locked western Canadian oil and gas producers, says Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Ltd.The company announced Monday it has decided with its joint venture partner, Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co., to go ahead with their proposed integrated propane dehydrogenation plant and polypropylene upgrading facility...

Supreme Court’s well ruling ‘credit negative’ for energy firms, says Moody’s

CALGARY, A.B. - A credit rating agency says high court support for the Alberta Energy Regulator's ability to force a bankruptcy trustee to pay out well-abandonment obligations before paying back creditors is credit negative for energy companies.Moody's Investor Services says the Supreme Court of Canada ruling Thursday creates a ``super priority position'' for payment of such liabilities over repaying...

Imperial Oil blames curtailment program as it cancels crude by rail shipments

CALGARY, A.B. - Imperial Oil Ltd. is cutting its crude-by-rail shipments from 168,000 barrels per day in December to ``near zero'' this month and its CEO is placing the blame squarely on the Alberta government's oil production curtailment order.The collapse in discounts on western Canadian crude oil prices since the cuts were announced in early December has ruined the economic...

Imperial Oil reports $853M Q4 profit, boosted by downstream operations

CALGARY, A.B. - Imperial Oil Ltd. reported a profit of $853 million in the fourth quarter compared with a loss of $137 million in the same quarter a year earlier.Imperial says the profit amounted to $1.08 per diluted share for the last three months of 2018 compared with a loss of 16 cents per diluted share in the fourth...
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