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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,...

Ships must keep 400 metre distance as part of new rules to protect killer whales

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced sweeping new rules to protect endangered southern resident killer whales off the coast of British Columbia. Starting June 1, the minimum distance ships must keep from all killer whales will double to 400 metres, although commercial whale-watchers can apply for authorization to view whales other than southern residents from...

Pipeline operator Enbridge reports $1.89B Q1 profit, beats expectations

CALGARY, A.B. - Enbridge Inc. topped expectations as it reported a first-quarter profit of $1.89 billion. The pipeline company says the profit amounted to 94 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31. The result was up from $445 million or 26 cents per share a year ago when the company was hit by a number of one-time charges. On an...

First Nation tells court it should have been consulted after artifacts found

HOUSTON, B.C. - Members of a northern British Columbia First Nation are arguing in court that they should have been consulted on an archaeological mitigation plan prepared by a natural gas company on their traditional territory. The Unist'ot'en house group of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and hereditary chief Knedebeas filed an application for judicial review in B.C. Supreme Court on...

Controversial environment review bill faces major changes in Senate as clock ticks

OTTAWA, O.N. - Canadian senators are trying to make more than 100 amendments to the government's environmental-assessment bill that overhauls how major energy and transportation projects are reviewed. The Liberals want Bill C-69 to fulfil a 2015 election promise to update a review process they say has meant more work for lawyers than for energy workers. Provincial premiers, energy-industry leaders and...

Provincial Government provides funding to Geoscience BC

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Government is funding Geoscience BC with $5 million as part of Mining Month. According to the Government, this funding is to help attract investment, create jobs and gather data by supporting Geoscience B.C.'s minerals, energy and water earth science research. Providing bridge funding to Geoscience B.C. was one of 25 accepted recommendations brought forth by the...

Athabasca Oil reports $206.8M Q1 profit compared with $93.3M loss a year ago

CALGARY, A.B. - Athabasca Oil Corp. reported a profit of $206.8 million in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its Leismer pipelines and Cheecham storage terminal in northern Alberta. The company says the profit amounted to 39 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a loss of $93.3 million or 18 cents per...

Canadian Natural reports $961M Q1 profit up from $583M a year ago

CALGARY, A.B. - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. reported a first-quarter profit of $961 million, up from $583 million in the same quarter last year, as it benefited from higher prices due in part to Alberta's mandatory production curtailments. The oilsands producer says the profit amounted to 80 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a...

Enbridge CEO says changes to Bill C 69 are ‘critical’ for Canadian energy sector

CALGARY, A.B. - The CEO of Enbridge Inc. says it's ``critical'' to Canada's energy future that substantive changes are made to proposed federal legislation to revamp how big resource projects win federal approval. Speaking after his company's annual shareholders' meeting in Calgary, Al Monaco says there are three or four major problem areas in Bill C-69 that must be addressed. His...

Macro signs construction contract for Saturn Compressor Station

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Macro Enterprises Inc. has been awarded a contract for the construction of the Saturn Compressor Station. The Saturn Compressor Station is a single-unit greenfield compressor station located near Dawson Creek that is part of the NOVA Gas Transmission Limited North Montney Mainline Project, a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Limited. According to Macro, the lump-sum contract value...

Pro pipeline protesters chant outside natural resources minister announcement

CALGARY, A.B. - Hundreds of pro-pipeline protesters rallied outside a Calgary office tower during a clean energy announcement by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi. The protest by the group Canada Action attracted about 300 people who chanted ``build that pipe'' and carried signs that called on the federal government to kill Bill C-69. The legislation would repeal the Canadian Environmental...
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