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Large well site fire causes evacuation Sunday morning near Pouce Coupe

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. - The Dawson Creek Fire Department, Pouce Coupe Fire Department and the RCMP all responded to a large-scale fire at an Encana well site located south of Pouce Coupe. The call came into the RCMP at approximately 1:40 a.m. Sunday, March 18.  According to the RCMP, all the employees of the site were evacuated, and no injuries...

LNG Canada CEO says construction will start in 2018

VANCOUVER, B.C. - LNG Canada’s CEO says construction will start in 2018 on the $40-billion LNG facility. During an LNG conference Tuesday, Andy Calitz was quoted by Reuters news service as saying “It didn’t make sense in July 2016.  When (our stakeholders) asked the inevitable question, when will you reconsider the FID? Our answer was: We will be in construction...

Surerus and Macro joint ventures selected by TransCanada to build Coastal GasLink pipeline

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – TransCanada Corp. announced today that it has conditionally awarded contracts to the Surerus Murphy and Macro Spiecapag joint ventures, as well as SA Energy Group and Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction Inc. to build the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline. TransCanada said that the contracts are conditional pending a positive final investment decision by LNG Canada to...

LNG Canada awards construction contract to Japanese and U.S. firms: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO, JAPAN — The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Japan-based JGC Corp and U.S. firm Fluor have won a contract to design and build the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project for an estimated $14 billion. Nikkei has not named sources in its article, but says that LNG Canada should begin liquefying natural gas for shipments to China, South Korea and...

One man is dead after a well site explosion south of Grande Prairie

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - The Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating after a well site explosion Tuesday night. The explosion happened at around 7:20 p.m. south of Grande Prairie near Musreau Lake. One 50-year-old male was found deceased on scene, one male was transported to a hospital in Grande Prairie with non-life-threatening injuries, and a third male was not physically injured. All three were...

LNG Canada confirms awarding of engineering and procurement contract

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - LNG Canada has confirmed that it has awarded the contract to design and build its proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Kitimat to the joint venture comprised of U.S.-based Fluor Corp. and Japan-based JGC Corp. In a post on its Facebook page, LNG Canada said that the contract is conditional on the project's partners...

OGC investigating well blow-out north of Fort St John

var _bp = _bp||; _bp.push({ "div": "Brid_46233069", "obj": {"id":"15803","width":"16","height":"9","video":"366573"} }); FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The OGC is investigating a natural gas well blow-out north Fort St. John. Commission Investigating Natural Gas Well Incident The BC Oil and Gas Commission is investigating after Saguaro Resources experienced a natural gas well blow-out at a remote site approximately...

Kinder Morgan suspends non-essential spending with Trans Mountain Pipeline

CALGARY, A.B. - Kinder Morgan Canada Limited has announced that it is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. KML also announced that under current circumstances, specifically including the continued actions in opposition to the Project by the Province of British Columbia, it will not commit additional shareholder resources to the Project. However, KML will...

Officials respond to H2S leak near Baytree Alberta

BAYTREE, A.B. - The Spirit River RCMP have just released information about suspected H2S release near Baytree Alberta. According to the RCMP, shortly after 1:30 p.m. on March 9, fire, police and EMS as well as industry safety personnel responded and soon determined that the release was a singular event and did not present an ongoing safety or health concern. The monitoring...

BIV reporter says LNG Canada preparing FID documents ahead of construction this year

VANCOUVER, B.C. — LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said today at a forum in Vancouver that his company is preparing final investment documents with plans to start construction on a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal near Kitimat later this year. Business in Vancouver reporter Nelson Bennett tweeted earlier today that Calitz spoke at the Globe Forum 2018 at the...

TransCanada anticipates North Montney Mainline construction to start next month

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Officials with TransCanada Corp. say that construction on the North Montney Mainline natural gas pipeline is anticipated to start some time next month. In a presentation to the Peace River Regional District Board last week, Catie Underhill with TransCanada’s Community Relations Department said that the company anticipates that the initial phase of construction on the project...

Judge orders Blueberry River First Nations to hand over industry agreements ahead of Treaty infringement trial

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A BC Supreme Court judge has ordered the Blueberry River First Nations to produce documents containing any impact benefit agreements pertaining to industrial development on the First Nations’ traditional territory ahead of a major trial scheduled to begin in almost two months. Nearly three years ago, the Blueberry River First Nations sued the B.C. government,...

NEB approves application for two new pipelines in Northeast B.C.

CALGARY, A.B. - The National Energy Board has approved the application to expand the existing Spectra Energy Transmission project. The application consists of three projects, the Aitken Creek Looping project, the Spruce Ridge Expansion project and upgrades to existing compressor stations. The Aitken Creek Looping project consists of 13 kilometres of 24-inch pipe. The Spruce Ridge Expansion near Chetwynd would see...

Northern B.C. gas pipeline designed to supply LNG industry wins NEB approval

CALGARY, A.B. - The National Energy Board has approved construction of a natural gas pipeline originally intended to supply the Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal near Port Edward, B.C., even though that $36-billion project was cancelled last July. The NEB says it will grant an amendment to Nova Gas Transmission Ltd., a subsidiary of Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., to remove the...

Worksafe B.C. fines Peace River Hydro Partners $310,000

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Worksafe B.C. has fined Peace River Hydro Partners over $310,000 after they discovered employees were being exposed to large amounts of silica dust. According to Worksafe B.C., staff inspected a tunnelling operation at the Site C dam on May 8, 2018, and discovered Peace River Hydro Partners did not have an up to date exposure...

Enbridge sells natural gas assets in Northeast B.C.

CALGARY, A.B. - Enbridge has announced the sale of its Canadian natural gas assets including those in Northeast B.C. The company said that its natural gas gathering and processing business in the Montney, Peace River Arch, Horn River and Liard basins in B.C. and Alberta are being sold to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners for a cash purchase price of CAN $4.31 billion,...

Over 600 vehicles participate in Oil and Gas Rally held in Grande Prairie

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - A rally in support of Alberta's oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides. ``We aren't just a monumental cash cow for the government. We provide opportunities for families across the country,'' Bernard Hancock, known as...

Conuma Coal reopening Willow Creek Mine

CHETWYND, B.C. — Conuma Coal Resources announced today that it will be reopening the Willow Creek Mine west of Chetwynd, nearly five years after the mine was idled. The mine was previously open between 2010 and 2013 when it was owned by Western Coal, which was bought by Walter Energy. In 2013, Walter Energy idled the mine, the first of...
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