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Report highlights utility failures in biggest US gas leak

LOS ANGELES, C.A. - A blowout at a Los Angeles natural gas well in 2015 that led to the largest-known release of methane in U.S. history was the result of a corroded pipe casing and safety failures by a utility, according to an investigation report released Friday. Southern California Gas Co. failed to investigate previous rupture causes at the Aliso...

Senate committee approves dozens of energy industry friendly amendments to C 69

OTTAWA, O.N. - A Senate committee has approved dozens of amendments _ primarily aimed at mollifying the energy industry _ to the Liberal government's controversial environmental assessment legislation. Bill C-69 is supposed to improve the way the environmental impact of major energy and transportation projects are evaluated, making the assessments more stringent so that they are less likely to fail...

Southern Alberta city pulls plug on $13 million solar power project

CALGARY, A.B. - The southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat is pulling the plug on a $13-million concentrated solar power facility after operating it for about five years. Coun. Phil Turnbull, who chairs the city's utility committee, says the project's goal was to test whether the technology was a feasible way to use the sun's heat to replace some of...

Create new coast to coast energy corridor to get pipelines built: Scheer

TORONTO, O.N. - Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a coast-to-coast energy corridor where it would be easy to build pipelines and power lines. In a speech laying out his economic vision before the next election, the opposition leader says having one dedicated route would make it easier to approve major new energy projects. He says all planning and consulting...

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate, but legislation not dead

OTTAWA, O.N. - A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia's north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee. On a 6-6 vote, the Senate's transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night. The bill would put into a law a rule forbidding ships carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil from loading or unloading between the...

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate, but legislation not dead

OTTAWA, O.N. - A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia's north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee. On a 6-6 vote, the Senate's transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night. The committee's five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified Liberal voted in favour. When the result...

Keyera stock rises after it green lights $1.3 billion Alberta liquids pipeline

CALGARY, A.B. - Shares in Keyera Corp. rose by as much as nine percent after it announced it will proceed with a long-anticipated $1.3-billion pipeline to bring natural gas liquids from northwestern Alberta to market. The Key Access Pipeline System is designed to collect condensate and other petroleum liquids produced with natural gas in the Montney and Duvernay regions and...

Keyera to move forward with development of the Key Access Pipeline System

CALGARY, A.B. - Keyera Corp. has announced that they will be moving forward with the development of the Key Access Pipeline System. The Pipeline System is a natural gas liquids and condensate pipeline system that will transport growing Montney and Duvernay production in northwestern Alberta to Fort Saskatchewan. The development of this open-access system is in partnership with SemCAMS Midstream ULC and will have initial connections into Keyera's...

Saudi Arabia says its oil infrastructure attacked by drones

DUBAI, U.A.E. - Saudi Araba said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom on Tuesday, shortly after Yemen's rebels claimed a co-ordinated drone attack on the Sunni power. The assaults marked the latest incidents challenging Mideast security after the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United...

Woodfibre LNG developer buying private Calgary based natural gas producer

CALGARY, A.B. - The developer of the proposed Woodfibre LNG project on the West Coast is buying a private Calgary oil and gas producer. In a joint announcement, Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd. says it has struck a cash deal to buy Canbriam Energy Inc., which produces natural gas from the prolific Montney geological formation in northeastern B.C. Financial details...

Environment lobby says senators letting Big Oil ‘run amok’ on assessment bill

OTTAWA, O.N. - Environment advocates say Canadian senators are bowing to pressure from the energy industry to gut the government's environmental-assessment legislation. More than 130 amendments are on the table at a Senate committee that could dramatically alter much of the bill, including moves to reduce cabinet discretion to intervene and making it harder for anyone to challenge a project...

Alberta premier says provincial carbon tax will die May 30

EDMONTON, A.B. - Alberta's premier says the province's carbon tax will no longer exist as of May 30. Jason Kenney says a bill to eliminate the Alberta levy is to be introduced next week when the legislature begins sitting. He says the United Conservative government wants to review court decisions in Saskatchewan and Ontario before it decides if it will challenge...

NDP unveils parts of climate plan in motion as the Green Party edges closer

OTTAWA, O.N. - NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says his party will cut Canada's emissions almost in half over the next decade as he tries to stake out a claim to the climate change agenda in the looming federal election. The pledge is one contained in an NDP motion expected today in the House of Commons that will lay out eight...

Vancouver expected to headline long Canadian summer of high gasoline prices

CALGARY, A.B. - Gasoline prices are expected to remain just below record highs all across Canada this summer except in Vancouver, where a perfect storm of factors will likely ensure motorists continue to set new all-time records at the pumps. Fuel market analysts say average retail prices in Canada are within a penny or two of their year-ago levels, which...

Enbridge aiming to boost Mainline throughput as Q1 results top expectations

CALGARY, A.B. - Enbridge Inc. is working with shippers to optimize its Mainline pipeline system in a bid to boost throughput by 50,000 to 100,000 barrels per day. Chief executive Al Monaco said Friday that although its Liquids Mainline System, the largest export option for western Canadian producers, was full and hit a record this quarter, storage levels in Alberta...

B.C. Liberals seek intervener status in probe of high price of gasoline

VICTORIA, B.C. - Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says he wants to be part of a probe of high gasoline prices by British Columbia's independent energy regulator. Wilkinson says he's applied to participate as an intervener in any examination to identify factors impacting gasoline prices in the province. Premier John Horgan asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to investigate why gasoline in...

Ackerman calls suing energy companies “inappropriate” when looking to reduce emissions

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Fort St. John Mayor, Lori Ackerman, is calling for a collaborative approach in discussion with the key climate litigation advocate, Andrew Gage. According to Mayor Lori Ackerman, Gage is calling on local governments to sue energy companies for climate-related damages. "Mr. Gage is leading the “climate liability” campaign at the West Coast Environmental Law Center and calling...

Trudeau says Alberta carbon tax fight won’t affect Trans Mountain line decision

EDMONTON, A.B. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta's opposition to a carbon tax won't influence his cabinet's decision on whether to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. But Trudeau says climate change cannot be ignored and that one of the easiest ways to fight it is with a carbon tax. He says the federal carbon tax remains affordable to Canadians,...
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