Mike De Souza, Carolyn Jarvis, Emma McIntosh & David Bruser

Nov 1, 2018 - Cleaning up Alberta's fossil fuel industry could cost an estimated $260 billion, internal regulatory documents warn.

The staggering financial liabilities for the energy industry’s graveyard of spent facilities were spelled out by a high-ranking official of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in a February presentation to a private audience in Calgary.

Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Murray Sinclair
October 30, 2018

CALGARY — A Manitoba senator says a proposal by Alberta's United Conservatives to pick up the legal tabs of pro-pipeline First Nations is an example of age-old "divide-and-conquer" tactics.

Leader Jason Kenney touted the proposed legal fund in a Calgary speech this month as part of his party's multi-pronged "fight-back strategy" against anyone wishing to shut down Alberta's energy sector.

Michael Potestio
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses a convention of Western Canadian United Steelworkers in Kamloops on Oct. 31, 2018. Photograph By DAVE EAGLES/KTW
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley sees no need to punish B.C. as her government awaits the completion of a new National Energy Board review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Notley was in Kamloops on Wednesday to address a United Steelworkers convention at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, where she stressed the importance of the project.
Gillian Steward
United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has promised, if elected premier of Alberta, to create a tax-payer funded war room to fight environmentalists who target the province’s oil production.  (JEFF MCINTOSH / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Oct. 30, 2018

Surely Jason Kenney, Alberta’s Conservative leader isn’t serious, surely he’s just joshing, when he talks about his latest ploy to promote Alberta oil.

Stephen Hunt

A new report co-written by Gil McGowan, the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour and co-chair of Alberta's energy diversification advisory committee, suggests the province could reap an economic bonanza from the LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility being developed in northern British Columbia.

McGowan spoke to David Gray about the report on the Calgary Eyeopener Tuesday. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Q: Why is this such good news for Alberta?


The past year has seen intense political fighting between Alberta and British Columbia centred on pipeline development, the actions of protesters, and environmental issues more broadly. Given the importance of the issues involved, the authors re-examined the results of a survey of residents of Alberta and BC, conducted between February 9, 2017 and March 9, 2017 by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta.

Perrin Grauer and Ainslie Cruickshank
Trans Mountain terminal Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and federal members of Parliament say the National Energy Board is repeating the same flawed process that resulted in its approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being rejected by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Speaking in Vancouver on Tuesday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said the Trans Mountain project has been “a real stinker from the very beginning.”

Canadan Press

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is proposing Ottawa get into the crude-by-rail business — at least temporarily — so that producers in her province can get a better price for their oil. 

“We are in the midst of putting together a specific business case that we'll be taking to the federal government late this week, early next week, where we lay out the specific costs,'' Notley said Monday following a meeting with energy industry leaders in Calgary.


One week ago, the price American refineries will pay for a barrel of Alberta bitumen fell to just below US$30. A seismic jolt raced through the tar sands/oil sands industry, because that price would barely allow even the biggest, most profitable operators to recover operating costs.


[Webside editor: Watch Tzeporah Berman's speach to the Alberta Teachers Conference here.]

To invest in Alberta’s oil industry, or back away slowly, was the question at the crux of a rift between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and environmentalist and policy adviser Tzeporah Berman last weekend.


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