Report says new rail terminals will be built in the Pacific Northwest to transport Alberta oil.
By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, Nov 11, 2015
There is some soul searching going on in the oilpatch this week in the aftermath of the U.S. rejection of Keystone XL. Would a carbon tax have changed things? A gentler hand with the politics? How much of the U.S. decision was connected to increases in their own domestic production?
What they aren’t asking is how to get oilsands product to market. Because it’s getting there, in ways both obvious and unexpected. The oilsands have lots of problems, like low prices and high costs. But right now, market access is pretty far down the list. Read the rest of this entry
U.S. president says Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expressed ‘disappointment’ pipeline won’t proceed
CBC News/The Associated Press, Nov 6, 2015
The Obama administration has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, capping a seven-year saga that became an environmental flashpoint in both Canada and the U.S.
Speaking from the White House on Friday, Obama said Keystone “will not serve the national interests of the United States.”
Obama said the State Department rejected the proposed pipeline, saying it would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to the U.S. economy. Read the rest of this entry
Company may be waiting for a more favourable political climate, analyst says
CBC News, Nov 2, 2015
TransCanada Corporation has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the presidential permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.
The company sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, saying it believes there is sound precedent for making the request to pause the review.
That adds a new wrinkle to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years, involving a proposed pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Read the rest of this entry
By Global News/The Canadian Press, Oct 19, 2015
CALGARY – An energy company with a troubled safety history is facing seven charges related to a 2013 pipeline spill that leaked roughly 1.8 million litres of contaminated water near Zama City, Alta.
Apache Canada Ltd. has been charged under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act and the Pipeline Act.
An investigation earlier this year by the Alberta Energy Regulator found that between June 2013 and October 2014 the company had six pipeline incidents that caused loss or damage to public lands and potential environmental impact.
‘The river is much more variable than you would think based on measurements since 1950s’
By Emily Chung, CBC News, Sept 21, 2015
The river that provides water to the oilsands industry is much more prone to multi-year droughts than modern records show, suggesting that the industry’s current level of water use may not be sustainable, a new study suggests.
The oilsands industry needs 3.1 barrels of fresh water to produce a barrel of crude oil from oilsands mining and 0.4 barrels of fresh water to produce a barrel of crude oil from oilsands drilling, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Read the rest of this entry
With cuts more likely to come in the fall.
By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, Aug 31, 2015
Less than a year ago, Alberta was still complaining of a labour shortage. Schools couldn’t find bus drivers, job vacancy rates were the highest in the country.
It’s no secret that the situation has changed.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year, 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production. CAPP pulled the number together by canvassing its members, reviewing Statistics Canada numbers and working with the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. Read the rest of this entry
CTV News/The Canadian Press, August 18, 2015
EDMONTON — New research suggests that this week’s restrictions on withdrawing water from the Athabasca River for oilsands use are a preview of what the industry will face under climate change.
Alberta’s energy regulator has suspended a total of 73 temporary industry licences to take water from the Athabasca because of low flows.
Alberta oil pipeline cleanup covers area of 2 CFL football fields
CBC News, July 18, 2015
In the wake of a massive pipeline leak in northern Alberta, a First Nations group in the area is worried more spills will happen unless environmental standards are tightened.
“If we continue to accept that these types of incidents are the status quo of development we are also accepting the illegal abrogation of the rights and title of First Nations,” Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said Saturday. Read the rest of this entry