National Newswatch

Reports say oil and gas methane emissions higher than previously thought

Apr 27 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Two new reports from environmental groups say methane emissions in Canada's oil and gas sector are higher than previously thought, as debate continues on how urgently they need to be reduced. The David Suzuki Foundation partnered with St. Francis Xavier University on a study that found methane emissions from oil and gas sites in British Columbia to be […]

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Profits made of sand: Specialty sand market heats up as oil, gas drilling rebounds

Mar 30 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Signs of the Canadian oil and gas industry's recovery from a punishing two-year downturn are emerging in unlikely places, including fine grains of sand. Demand for the especially round and crush-proof type of sand used to help extract shale oil and gas is climbing, as more drilling rigs get fired up and operators pump higher amounts of sand into wells, say industry watchers, who […]

Oilsands deal latest sign cheap crude driving away international majors

Mar 9 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — Royal Dutch Shell's deal to sell off most of its Canadian oilsands holdings shows the waning appeal of the higher-cost sector for foreign investors at a time of soft crude prices and abundant global supply. The megadeal announced on Thursday has Netherlands-based Shell and Houston-based Marathon Oil both making big divestments of their Alberta oilsands assets. Canadian Natural Resources is spending $12.74 billion in cash and shares to […]

Oilsands deal latest sign cheap crude driving away international majors

Mar 9 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — Royal Dutch Shell's deal to sell off most of its Canadian oilsands holdings shows the waning appeal of the higher-cost sector for foreign investors at a time of soft crude prices and abundant global supply. The megadeal announced on Thursday has Netherlands-based Shell and Houston-based Marathon Oil both making big divestments of their Alberta oilsands assets. Canadian Natural Resources is spending $12.74 billion in cash and shares to […]

India rejects extension on pulse imports in blow to Canada’s largest market

Feb 24 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — India has rejected a long-standing exemption on pest treatment for peas and lentils in a blow to Canada's top export market for the crops. Federal Agriculture Minister spokesman Guy Gallant confirmed the Indian government has not granted another six-month exemption that would have crops fumigated on arrival, rather than before export, as has been allowed for more […]

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TransCanada refiles application in Nebraska for Keystone XL pipeline route

Feb 17 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — TransCanada is once again seeking approval of its Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska in the latest move to push the polarizing project forward since getting a nod from U.S. President Donald Trump. The energy company says the application it filed with the Nebraska Public Service Commission Thursday is the clearest path to achieving route certainty, adding […]

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TransCanada refiles application in Nebraska for Keystone XL pipeline route

Feb 17 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — TransCanada is once again seeking approval of its Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska in the latest move to push the polarizing project forward since getting a nod from U.S. President Donald Trump. The energy company says the application it filed with the Nebraska Public Service Commission Thursday is the clearest path to achieving route certainty, adding […]