Oil - Pipelines

30/11/18
Author: 
Robyn Allan

November 26th 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is aggressively advancing a false narrative about heavy oil’s deep discount. She presents the problem in two parts, neither of which stand up to scrutiny.

First, Notley purports that the abnormally wide price spread affects every barrel of heavy oil leading to millions of dollars a day in losses to the Canadian economy. And second, that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is crucial. Neither of these claims are supported by the facts.

28/11/18
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk
In 2007, an Alberta government warned that bitumen prices could eventually fall so low that the government’s royalty revenues — critical for its budget — would be at risk. Photo via Government of Alberta.

Bitumen prices are low because the province has ignored at least a decade of warnings.

The Alberta government has known for more than a decade that its oilsands policies were setting the stage for today’s price crisis.

25/11/18
Author: 
Kelvin Gawley

Two anti-pipeline activists accused of criminal contempt of court want a different judge

November 22, 2018

A pair of anti-pipeline protesters have asked a B.C. Supreme Court judge to recuse himself from ruling on their criminal contempt of court case due to a “reasonable apprehension of bias.”

24/11/18
Author: 
Robyn Allan

Nov. 23, 2018

When it set out to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, Kinder Morgan knew it faced serious marine transport safety hurdles. In February 2013, Kinder Morgan Canada president, Ian Anderson told the National Energy Board that, “One of the greatest challenges I believe in providing British Columbians with the confidence and trust will be confidence and trust that the tanker traffic industry itself can be operated safely through that port.” (paragraph 1176)

23/11/18
Author: 
Eugene Kung
During the 2016 NEB Trans Mountain review, the public was shut out of regulatory hearings. Community members rallied outside the venue while the hearing room remained relatively empty. (Photo: Eugene Kung)
November 21, 2018

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results…"

23/11/18
Author: 
Emma McIntosh & David Bruser
The Base Mine Lake with Syncrude's Mildred Lake Mine can be seen in the background north of Fort McMurray, Alta., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Photo by Codie McLachlan/Star Metro Edmonton

November 23rd 2018

The toxic waste of the Canadian oilpatch has been quietly spreading in the boreal forest since bitumen mining began near Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta in the 1960s.

The mix of clay, water, toxic acids, metals and leftover bitumen has sprawled in artificial ponds to cover an area twice the size of the city of Vancouver.

22/11/18
Author: 
David Ljunggren and Rod Nickel and Julie Gordon

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER — Canada’s federal government is considering a proposal from its main oil producing province of Alberta to share the cost of buying rail cars to move oil stuck in the region because of a lack of pipeline capacity, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

21/11/18
Author: 
Holly McKenzie-Sutter
Husky Energy's SeaRose FPSO at Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador.Courtesy Husky Energy

Regulatory board CEO says no oil sheens were spotted on the water Monday or Tuesday, meaning the oil has broken down to the point that it can't be cleaned up

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — It’s now impossible to clean up Newfoundland’s largest-ever oil spill that leaked into the ocean last week, according to the regulatory board that oversees the province’s offshore activities.

21/11/18
Author: 
Donald Gutstein 

From the new book on Canada and global warming: ‘The Big Stall.’

14 Nov 2018

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