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Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Canada’s precarious relationship with its vast oil riches flared up again Thursday after a federal court struck down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of a key pipeline, reviving fears about the country’s ability to get its resources to market. While the government pledged to press ahead... 

Trudeau moves Sohi to Natural Resources, Carr to head up International Trade Diversification

By: Mariaan Webb     18th July 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday announced significant changes to his Cabinet, moving around several current Ministers, appointing four new ones and creating three new portfolios. Amarjeet Sohi has been moved from the Infrastructure portfolio to Natural Resources, succeeding... 

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with pipeline builder and operator Kinder Morgan to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and associated controversial expansion project for C$4.5-billion, in the clearest-yet government signal that the oil expansion project is of... 

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia “irreparable harm” and could “injure human health and safety in remote communities”, the provincial government argued in a statement of claim filed in Alberta's... 

Shell sells out of Canadian Natural position for C$4.3bn

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its entire stake in Calgary, Alberta-based company Canadian Natural Resources in a deal valued at about C$4.3-billion. Shell has reached agreement with underwriters Goldman Sachs & Co, RBC Capital Markets,... 

Taxpayers federation to seek intervenor status in pipeline, carbon tax lawsuits

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) will seek standing as an intervenor in two upcoming court reference cases launched by the governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. In British Columbia, the provincial government is asking the courts if they have the power to regulate oil shipments,... 

Canadian feds to intervene in BC reference question

By: Henry Lazenby     4th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Thursday that it will intervene in the constitutional reference case filed by the government of British Columbia under the British Columbia Constitutional Questions Act. “We are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and will intervene on the question in order to defend our... 

Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion investment untenable – CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 The CEO of Kinder Morgan Steven Kean has conceded that the C$7.4-billion twinning of the existing Kinder Morgan crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia “may be untenable for a private party to undertake”. He made the comments during the company’s first-quarter conference call on... 

Poll shows divided British Columbia opinions for/against Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 A slim majority of Canadians and British Columbians have come forward in favour of the proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan’s diluted bitumen pipeline connecting Canada’s Alberta oil patch with new markets in the Far East, via the West Coast. A new survey conducted by the nonprofit Angus Reid... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday his government would ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built and added the C$7.4-billion project is not a threat to Canada’s West Coast. Trudeau reiterated the government’s position in two separate radio... 

British Columbia further hamstrings oil pipeline development

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2018 The coalition British Columbia provincial government has moved the goal post for crude oil pipeline operator Kinder Morgan yet again, adding another hurdle to the seemingly insurmountable legal obstacles that stand in the way of the company twinning its existing pipeline between Alberta's oil... 

NEB declares Trans Mountain Pipeline exempt of Burnaby bylaws

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 Canada’s federal endowed National Energy Board (NEB) issued an order on Thursday, declaring that Kinder Morgan’s C$7.4-billion Trans Mountain Expansion project is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws as the company prepares to begin construction. 

Altiplano delivers first bulk-sample ore to toll mill

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2017 TSX-V-listed explorer Altiplano Minerals has shipped the first 100-t sample of ore taken as part of a bulk sample at the Farellon copper/gold mine, in Chile, for toll milling. The Edmonton, Alberta-based miner said on Tuesday that since the Comet Joint Venture (CJV), in which it has earned a 50%... 

Altiplano earns half of Comet JV; starts bulk sample

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2017 Exploration junior Altiplano Minerals has earned a 50% stake in the Comet Joint Venture (CJV) with Comet Exploration, which is conducting exploration on the Farellon and Maria Luisa copper/gold development projects, in Chile. Headed by John Williamson, co-founder of Kaminak Gold, which discovered... 

British Columbia govt digs in against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd November 2017 The British Columbia provincial government has reiterated its opposition against the flow of oil over its soil. While proponents for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion project have argued that the expansion of Canada's ability to reach new markets in Asia needs to be designated as a... 

British Columbia govt outlines actions to block Kinder Morgan crude pipeline expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 The newly installed coalition government of British Columbia has outlined its plans to stop an expansion of the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline that transports Alberta crude oil to Vancouver, on Canada's West Coast. Last year, the federal government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, approved... 

Trump clears way for Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2017 Recently installed US President Donald Trump has cleared the way for the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built in the US, after signing off on executive orders on Tuesday that overturned the Obama administration’s efforts to block these... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Keystone’s death means record oil revival for Canadian railways

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2016 Keystone was the great hope for opening US markets further to Canadian crude. Now that it’s dead, the railways are going to make not just a comeback, but transport more oil than ever before. The Keystone XL pipeline was set to carry heavy Canadian crude south from Hardisty, Alberta’s oil hub,... 

First Nation ramps up opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 A First Nation based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas was in New York on Thursday to beseech “dozens” of Kinder... 

More crude supply disruptions as wildfires threaten Cenovus's Pelican Lake ops

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2016 Canadian oil sands producer Cenovus Energy has shut down its Pelican Lake operations, in Alberta, as a wildfire approached less than 1 km from the plant. The Calgary, Alberta-based company said Wednesday that by 21:00 local time on Tuesday, it had safely evacuated 18 staff members to a temporary... 

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2016 Even as the Alberta wildfires continued to rage out of control, oil sands major Suncor Energy announced at the weekend that it had started a safe and staged restart in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), with initial production from its Firebag in situ facility starting early last... 

Down 25% year-on-year, Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index expected to rally in March

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2016 Despite Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index recording its fourth consecutive monthly decline in February when it edged down 0.3% month-on-month, and down 25% year-on-year, analysts expected the index to rally significantly in March. According to a press release commodity prices had rebounded... 

British Columbia unable to support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2016 The British Columbia provincial government has stressed that it cannot support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project based on information submitted to the National Energy Board (NEB) panel reviewing the project. The provincial government stated on Monday that, during the course of the... 

Alberta puts a price on carbon in sweeping climate change mitigation reforms

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2015 The fossil-energy rich Western Canadian province of Alberta on Sunday announced a far-reaching climate change plan that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable energy, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone and sets emissions limits for oil sands. "This is the day we step up, at... 

Formal resource assessment commissioned for Red Moon's Newfoundland project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2015 Eastern Canada-focused explorer Red Moon Potash has tasked consulting engineering firm Apex Geoscience of Edmonton, Alberta, to undertake a formal resource assessment of its Captain Cook halite (rock salt) deposit, in western Newfoundland. The report would seek to establish a maiden resource... 

Scotiabank Commodity Price Index falls to lowest level since 2005

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2015 Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index has plunged by 10.5% month-on-month in August to a reading of 91.3, which placed it 13.9% below the April 2009 bottom during the last recession and the lowest level since early 2005. "While many commodity prices, including key base metals, remain well above the... 

Mining company secures logistics end point

29th May 2015 In April this year Canada metals and mining company Teck Resources announced that it had secured storage and terminal service capacity. This was announced as an important step of Teck’s marketing and logistics plan for its 36 000 bbl/d share of bitumen production from the Fort Hills oil sands... 

Mindoro to delist from the ASX

By: Henry Lazenby     28th May 2014 Mindoro Resources, which has four joint-venture (JV) agreements with TVI Pacific to develop nickel/iron projects in the Philippines, on Wednesday announced that it had applied to delist from the ASX. The Edmonton, Alberta-based firm said its decision to delist was based on the low trading volume... 

Agata Mining JV gets Philippine nod of approval

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2014 Site development for the Agata direct-shipping iron-ore project, located in Agusan del Norte, Mindanao, the Philippines, is set to start in May after joint venture (JV) partners TVI Pacific and Mindoro Resources on Monday received the declaration of mining project feasibility (DMPF) and clearance... 

TVI Pacific starts nickel hydroxide production from Philippine project

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2014 Calgary-based TVI Pacific, which is working to earn a 60% interest in the Agata iron/nickel laterite project, in the Agusan del Norte province, Philippines, has produced nickel hydroxide product (NHP) at its pilot plant. The company reported on Monday that a pregnant leach solution was passed... 

Mindoro Resources announces significant new investor

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2014 TSX-V- and ASX-listed Mindoro Resources’ Philippine projects got a significant confidence boost when the company last week announced that Prime Resources Holdings (PRHI) had acquired a 13.33% interest at A$0.02142 a share, through a secondary trade in the market. PRHI is a company allied with... 

Chinese distributor to sell LNG as fuel in Western Canada

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2013 A Chinese-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) distributor on Tuesday revealed plans to build, own and operate two LNG liquefaction plants in Western Canada, strategically located to service the on-road trucking market and other high-horsepower applications, including marine, rail, mining, and oil... 

CN to tap growing shale demand with new Alberta frack sand terminal

By: Henry Lazenby     4th July 2013 Canadian National Railways (CN) is looking to take advantage of growing North American demand for shale gas, announcing on Wednesday it would start serving a new state-of-the art frac sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, in November. The new 8 ha facility was being built by Di-Corp,... 

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