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Why CAPP’s math on Alberta royalty review doesn’t add up

Why CAPP’s math on Alberta royalty review doesn’t add up

Rachel Notley attacked by PCAA, Wildrose for proposing Alberta royalty review Math is indeed hard for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), whose fear-mongering against an Alberta royalty review has proved to be both arithmetic-challenged and and an affront to voters. The idea of an Alberta royalty review – a la Ed Stelmach in 2007 – […]

May 4, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
CAPP unleashes PR popgun when it really needs cannons

CAPP unleashes PR popgun when it really needs cannons

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) should get down in trenches with Big Green opponents Canada’s Energy Citizens, a new CAPP PR campaign intended to counter years of aggressive opposition by environmentalists, is a dud. Before I explain why it’s a dud, let me begin this column by stating the obvious: In the debate over the Alberta oil […]

April 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rachel Notley has to explain how to replace Northern Gateway

Rachel Notley has to explain how to replace Northern Gateway

Rachel Notley vows to withdraw Alberta support for Northern Gateway NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she won’t support the Northern Gateway pipeline if she becomes premier. Fair enough, but then she owes voters an explanation of how oil producers will move 525,000 bbls/day of Alberta crude to market. “Gateway is not the right decision. I think that there’s just […]

April 25, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Dear Gregor Robertson: So, what does a world class oil spill response look like?

Dear Gregor Robertson: So, what does a world class oil spill response look like?

English Bay response time was “world class” and 3 hours, 10 minutes less than mandated response time – Gregor Robertson wrong on the facts About the time Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was flogging the poor response time on Wednesday’s English Bay release of 17 barrels of bunker fuel from the MV Marathassa, the Canadian Coast Guard was […]

April 13, 2015 | By | 9 Replies More
Oil by rail debate needs Big Green to change tune on pipelines

Oil by rail debate needs Big Green to change tune on pipelines

More Big Green protests aren’t going to reduce oil by rail shipments – or danger of another Lac Megantic tragedy Robert Sankey is an hereditary chief of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, on the northern coast of BC. He supports an aboriginal pipeline project because his people don’t want oil by rail through their traditional territory. […]

March 12, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Time to replace ‘bomb train’ tanker cars in Canada, USA

Time to replace ‘bomb train’ tanker cars in Canada, USA

Transport Safety Board says even current upgraded tanker car standards are inadequate for oil by rail transport Recent Ontario oil by rail accidents argue convincingly that the unsafe Class 111 tanker cars – dubbed “bomb trains” – comprising the vast majority of both the Canadian and American fleets should be replaced in short order to prevent another […]

March 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Eagle Spirit Energy shows Enbridge, Kinder Morgan how it’s done

Eagle Spirit Energy shows Enbridge, Kinder Morgan how it’s done

Lax Kw’alaams near Prince Rupert throwing initial support behind Eagle Spirit Energy Calvin Helin and Eagle Spirit Energy are quietly giving Enbridge and Kinder Morgan lessons in how to navigate the tricky shoals of BC First Nations pipeline politics. Northern Gateway (Enbridge) is often whispered about in the plus-15s of corporate Calgary as “dead pipeline walking.” It […]

March 6, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Trans Mountain pipeline: More lessons on how to lose a PR war

Trans Mountain pipeline: More lessons on how to lose a PR war

Trans Mountain project starting to look a lot like hapless Northern Gateway The City of Vancouver is hopping mad. Not long ago, it submitted 597 questions for Kinder Morgan to answer about the Trans Mountain expansion. Only 49 per cent were answered. Score one for Vancouver. And the City of Burnaby and its political brawler […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Obama arguments against Keystone Xl pipeline are flawed

Obama arguments against Keystone Xl pipeline are flawed

If Canadian producers keep investing in new technology, Keystone XL could lower GHG intensity of heavy crudes refined on Gulf Coast President Barack Obama vetoed a Congressional bill supporting the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, falling back on his oft-repeated arguments the TransCanada project is bad for the environment. But does his argument stand up to scrutiny? Each side […]

February 25, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Is the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund model right for Alberta?

Is the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund model right for Alberta?

Greg Poelzer argues for Norwegian sovereign wealth fund for Canada, Max Fawcett says model won’t work Should Canada and Alberta have Norwegian sovereign wealth fund style investments? In a new study, Saskatchewan academic Greg Poelzer argues in the affirmative, but energy journalist Max Fawcett tells Beacon Energy News that Alaska is the better model. Poelzer is the author […]

February 23, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More