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Minister rescinds new gas plant regulation

In an announcement late Wednesday Polak said "I would like to acknowledge First Nations concerns about amendments to the Reviewable Projects Regulation under the Environmental Assessment Act. Our government apologizes for failing to discuss the amendment with First Nations prior to its approval.” First Nations from around the Province are in Fort Nelson for an LNG Summit. When they heard...

Alberta and B.C. left with limited options to escalate trade war

CALGARY, A.B. - British Columbia Premier John Horgan held off on ratcheting up a trade war with Alberta Wednesday, but experts say both provinces still have a few limited options to raise the stakes. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has already deployed some of the weapons in the province's arsenal to protest B.C.'s proposed restriction on bitumen shipments when she announced a...

Northern MPs dispute impact of Pacific Northwest LNG

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- Local MP Bob Zimmer is challenging a northwestern B.C. MP's support of LNG projects, specifically Pacific NorthWest LNG, and the economy in the north. In an op-ed penned by Zimmer, the member of parliament for Prince George - Peace River - Northern Rockies, he scrutinized new democrat Skeena - Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen for acting...

CNRL hires advisors for Montney holdings sale

The oil producer first indicated in March it is looking to sell or develop a partnership to develop its vast holdings in the Montney shale gas region. That means monetizing around a quarter of its holdings in the Graham Kobes area, which is rich in natural gas liquids.  CNRL is considering either outright selling the land, or entering a joint-venture with...

Oil price rise insufficient to boost Canadian oilpatch spending, analysts agree

CALGARY — A recent surge in oil prices will boost the bottom line of Canadian oil and gas producers but remains well below the minimum level needed to encourage increased investments in the oilsands or conventional oil and gas, energy analysts say. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude prices recovered Wednesday to US$52.14 per barrel after sliding Tuesday but stopped short of...

Pipelines, UN, immigration feature as protest convoy reaches Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, O.N. - A convoy of Canadians fed up with the Liberal government rolled into Ottawa Tuesday with demands as varied as their vehicles. The United We Roll convoy began in Red Deer, Alta., on Valentine's Day and made its way east over four days with stops for rallies along the way. After four days of cross-country driving, the convoy...

Russian scientists caution against building LNG site on Lelu Island

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Another group has come out against the building of an LNG facility on Lelu Island over concerns of harm to wild salmon. The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs says a trio of Russian scientists, along with a conservationist, are finishing up a tour of B.C. and have voiced their concerns about Pacific NorthWest LNG's potential to...

Minister Bill Bennett talks LNG and Site C at B.C. Energy Conference

Bennett compared the burgeoning LNG industry to the work of W.A.C. Bennett – to which has no relation - in this region, and pointed out that he also faced public doubt and criticism of the need for the dams on the Columbia and Peace Rivers.  “They were probably right at the time; they probably didn't need that power, but that’s...

Oil and gas land rights sales show signs of steady improvement

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though it may be less than ten percent of January’s, February’s oil and gas land rights sale was still a one hundred percent improvement over the same month a year ago. February’s petroleum and natural gas land rights sale netted a total of $3,727,424.33 for two leases and nine drilling licenses. Four companies put up...

BC funds two programs to provide LNG skills training to Aboriginal workers

In response to an expected increase in demand for workers within the LNG industry, the B.C. government is investing in two new programs to ensure Aboriginal workers can better access jobs generated by LNG development. $387,000 will be provided for the North Central LNG Strategies Program to help 112 members of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation and Mcleod Lake Indian...

Environmental Assessment for Prince Rupert LNG project begins

The project includes a liquefied natural gas facility on Prince Rupert’s Ridley Island as well as a port to export the LNG internationally. It would be developed in two phases, with a capacity of up to 21 million tonnes a year when all three trains are operational.  The project has been proposed by BG Group Canada, with Spectra Energy selected to...

Deloitte finds buyer for Grande Cache coal mine

GRANDE CACHE, A.B. — A new buyer has been found for Grande Cache Coal after the coal mine in Western Alberta went into receivership nearly a year ago. The mine, which is located near the town of 3,500 in the Rocky Mountains, closed in December 2015 because of low coal prices. Grande Cache Coal went into receivership last January after...

Alberta producers could play role in BC oil and gas rights sale this week

British Columbia reaches the halfway point in calendar year monthly sales of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights this week. This month's sale is set for Wed., June 20. Each of the last two sales has generated less than $300,000 in bonus bids, and the five month total this year is just over $5 million. That means the province is on pace...

Not a lot spent for lots of properties in October’s petroleum land rights sale

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though there was a decent number of properties that were on the auction block in this month’s petroleum and natural gas land rights sale, there wasn’t a lot of money spent for them. In Wednesday’s auction, the provincial government netted $2,135,976.01 from the sale of five drilling licenses and eight leases. Overall, there were six...

Suncor Energy says driverless trucks will eliminate a net 400 positions

CALGARY — Suncor Energy says its deployment of driverless hauling trucks at its oilsands mines in northern Alberta will result in a net loss of about 400 full-time equivalent positions. Chief operating officer Mark Little says implementation will remove the need for about 500 people now involved in operating the bitumen ore haulers at Suncor's Base Camp and Fort Hills mines. But he...

Federal government finalizes regulations to reduce methane emissions

CALGARY, A.B. - The federal government said Thursday it has finalized regulations that should reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by close to half. The regulations include flexibilities to reduce costs while ensuring industry meets the target of reducing methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025, it said. Announced by Environment Minister Catherine...

Geoscience BC publishes mineral composition study in Northeast B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — New data was revealed by Geoscience BC at the AME Roundup conference on Tuesday about the mineral composition and the potential to support mining in Northeast BC. The Search Phase III project data highlights where mineral deposits may be with more accuracy than ever before, which will help the mining sector, communities, First Nations, and governments...

Keyera Corp to build $470 million sour gas processing plant near Grande Prairie

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - Keyera Corp. will move forward with phase one of a new $470 million sour gas processing plant near Grande Prairie. The first phase of the project includes a 150 million cubic feet per day sour gas processing plant with acid gas injection capabilities and 25,000 barrels per day of condensate processing facilities, as well as a...
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