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Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be "off the table" when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf...

Haisla Nation signs land agreement for potential LNG terminal

It also allows for the foreshore lease of up to 102 hectares of submerged lands for the berthing facility. Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, says this agreement will create new jobs and opportunities throughout the province. "This agreement builds on our strong partnership with the Haisla Nation, and it is the key to unlocking the vast potential of...

Notley says moving some NEB operations to Ottawa is ‘dumb’

EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says that a proposal to move part of the National Energy Board’s operations to Ottawa is “dumb,” and that she’s opposed to the proposal. A federal panel that is looking into the modernization of the NEB made the proposal to move the NEB's board of directors, the government co-ordination office, electricity transmission staff,...

Industrial natural gas users put backup plans in action ahead of winter shortage

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources. The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province's largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means...

Morneau, Notley to talk Trans Mountain; Singh suggests enlisting Supreme Court

OTTAWA, O.N. - The federal government won't negotiate an end to the Trans Mountain pipeline crisis in public, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday as he prepared to sit down with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in hopes of getting the Kinder Morgan project back on track. Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, waded into the impasse in Ottawa by proposing that the...

Enbridge and CPPIB sign renewable power deal, create joint venture

CALGARY, A.B. — Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to buy 49 per cent of the pipeline company's interests in a group renewable power assets for $1.75 billion. Enbridge says the agreement will see the creation of a joint venture that includes all its Canadian renewable power assets, as well as the Cedar...

Washington wants Canada to improve spill plan for U.S. spur of Trans Mountain

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's Department of Ecology wants the Canadian government to fix what it calls ``deficiencies in critical areas'' of its spill response plan for a spur of the Trans Mountain pipeline that runs through the state. When Canada purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and assets for $4.5 billion, it also bought the Puget Sound line, which carries Alberta...

East China Sea slick fire from sunken oil tanker burns out

BEIJING — The fire from a sunken Iranian tanker ship in the East China Sea has burned out, a Chinese transport ministry spokesman said Monday, although concerns remain about possible major pollution to the sea bed and surrounding waters. The spokesman, who identified himself only by his surname, Zhao, said the fire ceased around noon. Earlier footage showed huge clouds...

The Vancouver Sun: LNG uncertainty leads to lower economic growth forecast

The report says natural gas drilling and exploration has slowed down because of arising questions about the future of LNG in other parts of B.C. In contrast, the author of the Vancouver Sun article, Mike Hager, makes reference to CEO of North Peace Savings and Credit Union, Mitchel Chilcott as saying in a written statement that “LNG and several other...

Petronas now officially a partner in LNG Canada

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – LNG Canada says that Petronas is now an official partner in the consortium that is proposing to build a $40 billion liquified natural gas export terminal in Kitimat. At the end of May, the Malaysian state-owned energy giant announced that one of its subsidiaries had signed an agreement for a 25 percent stake in LNG...

B.C. heading to court in Alberta to stop fuel restriction law; may seek damages

VICTORIA, B.C. - British Columbia is preparing to file a lawsuit as early as next week to have Alberta's new fuel restriction law declared unconstitutional. Attorney General David Eby says B.C. will file its lawsuit in the Court of Queen's Bench in Alberta. He says B.C. will apply for an injunction and seek damages if Alberta uses the new law to...

Provincial government and Blueberry River First Nations negotiate trial adjournment

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province announced today that it and the Blueberry River First Nations have agreed to adjourn a pending treaty infringement trial until mid-October after a series of productive negotiations between the two parties recently. Nearly three years ago, the Blueberry River First Nations sued the B.C. government, claiming that the cumulative impact of industrial development...

“I would put money on it — it’s going ahead,” says Kitimat mayor on LNG Canada

KITIMAT, B.C. – A recent increase in activity in the North Coast community of Kitimat is raising optimism that the Shell-led partnership invested in LNG Canada will be making a positive final investment decision in a proposed $40-billion liquefied natural gas export facility this year. Bloomberg News is reporting that recent develops in the community, including signs that people are...

Spectra Energy Westcoast Connector Pipeline under Provincial Environmental Review

That means it has entered an extensive, 180 day review process, which includes a 45-day public comment period which will begin one week from today, on May 14th, and end on the 27th of next month. Doug Bloom is President, of Spectra’s Canadian LNG business, and he says the application, “draws on the benefit of our nearly six decade legacy...

Shell Canada president optimistic about LNG Canada FID

CALGARY, A.B. — The president of Shell Canada said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Shell and its partners in LNG Canada will make a positive Final Investment Decision later this year. According to Natural Gas World, Shell Canada president Michael Crothers made the statement at the ARC Energy Investment Forum ‘Playing to Win’ in Calgary on May 9th. Speaking to executives...

Engaging in energy literacy, Science World coming to Fort St. John

“We will be presenting a live, interactive, engaging show on the science of energy that will take the participants through a series of demonstrations from where energy comes from... how it is stored, whether that’s in the water table, in plants that go into fossil fuels; how it is released and how it is transported,” President and CEO of...

Wet’suwet’en strike tentative deal with RCMP allowing access to prevent raid

HOUSTON, B.C. - Hereditary leaders of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation have reached a tentative deal with RCMP, quelling some fears of escalation following a raid on a nearby checkpoint earlier this week. The chiefs say members will abide by a court injunction granting the Coastal GasLink pipeline company access to a bridge that had been blocked, if RCMP agree not...

Emission-cutting policies expected to close refineries, new report says

CALGARY — The Carbon Tracker Initiative says about 100 of the world's refineries may be forced to shut down in the next 18 years due to shrinking fuel demand as carbon emissions reduction policies are implemented. But the London-based environmental group says Canadian refineries are among the most likely to remain open as they pay less for the oilsands crude they use, which means...
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