Tar Sands

02/07/20
Author: 
The Canadian Press
The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an appeal by B.C. First Nations challenging federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, the Burnaby portion of which is pictured in June 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

First Nations were seeking to challenge federal government's re-approval of pipeline expansion project

 
 
The Supreme Court of Canada will not allow an appeal from a group of First Nations in B.C. looking to challenge the federal government's second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
27/06/20
Author: 
Carol Linnitt

Documents obtained by The Narwhal reveal Canada Action, an organization that promotes the natural resources industries while criticizing the environmental movement, receives funding from the oil and gas sector

27/05/20
Author: 
Charlie Smith 
The Christina Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray is owned by one of the big five, Cenovus, which all are majority foreign-owned. CENOVUS
 May 11th, 2020
 
The Canadian fossil-fuel sector and its political allies, including Alberta premier Jason Kenney, repeatedly drive home the point that Canadian environmental groups receive foreign funding.

But some of these same groups have turned the tables on the industry with a new report showing that foreign-controlled operational profit from the Canadian oilsands nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016 to 58.4 percent.

19/05/20

Late last week, Bloomberg reported that a US$320-billion Saudi wealth fund controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had snapped up shares in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Suncor Energy, becoming CNRL’s eighth-largest and Suncor’s 14th-largest owner. The fund made its move after CNRL’s shares lost 43% of their value this year, and Suncor’s dropped 46%, compared to a 15% decline across the Standard & Poors/Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index. 

14/05/20
Author: 
Geoff Dembicki
Deborah Lawrence, formerly Deborah Rogers, warned of the shale gas and oil crashes, and called Teck Frontier’s proposed new oilsands mine ‘uncommercial even at relatively high oil prices’ years before it was cancelled. Photo: submitted.

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 is making many bearish about bitumen. Deborah Lawrence’s past pessimism has proven unpopular, and correct.

Geoff Dembicki reports for The Tyee. His work also appears in Vice, Foreign Policy and the New York Times.

Deborah Lawrence used to be a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch. Over the past decade, the independent economic analyst has developed a reputation for telling oil investors what they don’t want to hear.

20/04/20
Author: 
Larry MacDougal/THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Kearl Oil Sands project plant, belonging to Imperial Oil Ltd. (parent company Exxon Mobil), near Fort McMurray, Alberta is seen in this file photo from June 13, 2017.

Apr. 18, 2020

Health officials in British Columbia and Saskatchewan are advising people to self-isolate if they’re returning from an area of Alberta where an oil sands site is suffering from a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority said in a statement that it and the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority have begun a contact tracing investigation into new cases of the novel coronavirus in the province’s north that are related to cross-boundary travel.

17/04/20
Author: 
Dean Bennett
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the Covid-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. File photo by The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

April 16th 2020

 

Alberta has reached almost 2,000 cases of COVID-19 and is now dealing with an outbreak at an oilsands facility.

14/04/20
Author: 
Gabriel Friedman
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage and Premier Jason Kenney see a need for $20 billion to $30 billion injected into the province's oil sector. IAN KUCERAK/POSTMEDIA

April 13, 2020

Hopes for as much as $30 billion to help sector survive double hit

Alberta’s Minister of Energy Sonya Savage expects the federal government to announce a “liquidity package” this week that would help oil and gas companies in her province survive through the severe price collapse caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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