National Newswatch

The growing problem of oil and gas companies not paying local taxes or landowners

May 6 2019 — Kyle Bakx — Months before its demise, Trident Exploration made a plea to landowners to accept half of the payment it had promised to have the company’s natural gas wells on rural properties throughout Alberta. The Calgary-based firm explained it was in dire financial straits and needed help to stay afloat. Many of the landowners (mostly farmers) rejected […]

Oilpatch hopes investment flows back to Alberta after big Kenney win

Apr 17 2019 — Kyle Bakx — After four years of declining investment in Alberta’s oil and gas sector, the industry is hopeful a swift change in government will bring an equally quick return of fortunes for the oilpatch. Voters showed Rachel Notley’s NDP the door on Tuesday; Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party will now have a majority government. It’s exactly what […]

Jason Kenney loves the oilpatch but keeps criticizing oil company CEOs

Apr 8 2019 — Kyle Bakx — ‘I’m a bit surprised that Jason Kenney apparently thinks he doesn’t need them,’ says expert. The way Jason Kenney talks, he seems to be running for the position of the Alberta oilpatch’s top cheerleader, its main defender, or maybe even its saviour. Kenney hardly goes more than 30 seconds on the campaign trail without talking […]

Morneau meets face-to-face with Indigenous leaders to hear TMX pipeline ownership pitch

Mar 28 2019 — Kyle Bakx — An Alberta Indigenous group is optimistic about its chances of one day owning the Trans Mountain oil pipeline after a private meeting with the federal finance minister on Wednesday. The federal government bought the existing pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion last summer. Constructing the expansion pipeline could cost more than $7 billion. A […]

Canada lobbying American administration as pipeline delays mount

Mar 14 2019 — Kyle Bakx — Canada’s natural resources minister wants his American counterpart to step up and help on stalled pipelines, calling the long-delayed Keystone XL project “very important” to both countries. Amarjeet Sohi met with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on Wednesday in Houston at the CERAWeek energy conference. The focus was on TransCanada’s Keystone XL project and […]

On the world stage, Canadian oil majors promote a carbon tax

Mar 13 2019 — Kyle Bakx — Executives from a pair of Canadian oilsands companies extolled the virtues of a carbon tax on one of the largest stages for the global energy sector. Climate change is one of the dominant topics of this year’s CERAWeek, a conference in Houston sometimes dubbed the Super Bowl of the world’s energy sector. This year’s conference […]

The unintended consequences of Alberta’s mandatory oil production cut

Dec 15 2018 — Kyle Bakx — One of Canada’s largest oil companies is listing a series of potential pitfalls from the Alberta government’s decision to impose a mandatory cut to oil production in the province. On Friday, as part of its announcement to investors of 2019 capital spending, Suncor outlined how the production cut could negatively affect the company. While the […]

Oilsands companies pull back on production as ‘crisis’ hits sector

Nov 2 2018 — Kyle Bakx — With no immediate relief in sight from a collapse in Canadian oil prices, Alberta oilsands companies are beginning to turn down the taps and produce less oil. Low prices for Canadian crude are causing a chill throughout the industry — from the oil majors, to the small service companies. Cenovus announced on Wednesday it would […]

Bargain price oil: How long will it last?

Oct 18 2018 — Kyle Bakx — As oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan continues to sell at record discounts, American refineries are enjoying lucrative profit margins at the expense of Canadian oil producers. The sharp drop in oil prices began in late September and is expected to continue for roughly another month. The culprit is limited export pipeline space and refinery maintenance […]

Hundreds of faulty pipeline parts could expand or break

Sep 20 2018 — Kyle Bakx — The National Energy Board has found hundreds of parts currently being used on major oil and gas pipelines are not as strong as previously thought and could expand or break if put under enough pressure. The parts are pipeline fittings, similar to those found in home plumbing such as elbows, tees and reducers, however they […]

How hydrogen could shake up Canada’s energy sector

Aug 19 2018 — Kyle Bakx — A few decades ago there was hype around hydrogen because of how one day it may replace gasoline and diesel as the fuel most use to fill up their tanks. The use of hydrogen is still in its infancy, but it’s growing in Canada. The potential is significant for how the most abundant element in […]

Oilpatch eager to ship more oil by rail as pipeline capacity at limit

May 1 2018 — Kyle Bakx — Trains may start hauling raw bitumen as a solid material. With no capacity to spare on pipelines out of Alberta, oilpatch leaders are desperately waiting for when they’ll be able to ship more crude on rail lines. Imperial Oil reduced oilsands operations in recent months as the company had no way of sending oil to […]

‘There’s a ton riding on this’: Enbridge pipeline project dealt blow in Minnesota

Apr 25 2018 — Kyle Bakx — Enbridge’s oil pipeline was old, unreliable and prone to leaking. It’s proposed replacement had federal approval in Canada and a presidential permit in the United States. That’s why compared to the other oil export projects proposed from Alberta — TransCanada’s Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion — this pipeline was assumed to face […]

Trans Mountain project no industry game-changer but may get federal funding anyway

Apr 18 2018 — Kyle Bakx — Canadians shouldn’t be surprised the federal government is considering financial assistance for energy giant Kinder Morgan to build the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline. Ottawa has invested in large oilpatch projects before. But some experts question why the government would back the proposed pipeline in Alberta and B.C., which is hardly as significant as past projects […]