Energy

New natural resources minister invested in hedge fund with energy holdings
Publish Date: 24-MAR-2014 10:53 AM
New Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford holds investments in an elite hedge fund that trades securities in the energy sector he will now oversee. According to his conflict of interest disclosure, Rickford owns an unspecified number of units in the Waratah One Fund, an investment vehicle administered by Toronto firm Waratah Advisors. 
 
Government accused of muzzling scientists on forest issue
Publish Date: 21-MAR-2014 02:55 PM
The Alward government is being accused of muzzling its scientists and ignoring their advice in moving ahead with a new Crown lands policy that allows for a 21 per cent increase in cutting softwood in public forests. Green party Leader David Coon and a former wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are raising the concerns as the debate about the new policy continues to rage more than a week after it was unveiled. 
 
Federal funding cuts to science felt in university research labs
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:39 PM
Changes to scientific funding at the federal level are taking their toll on the work done in some University of Western Ontario research labs. Christopher Pin — an associate professor in the university’s department of pediatrics, oncology, and physiology and pharmacology — has experienced the repercussions first-hand as grants available through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) shrink. 
 
Nouveau-Brunswick : étude d’impact du gaz de schiste sur l’eau (French only)
Publish Date: 17-MAR-2014 10:23 AM
L'Institut de l'énergie du Nouveau-Brunswick investira plus de 500 000 $ dans une étude sur les eaux souterraines afin d'évaluer les répercussions possibles du développement des gaz de schiste sur la qualité de l'eau des puits des particuliers. Le président intérimaire de l'organisation, David Besner, a affirmé lundi que les citoyens s'inquiètent de l'impact du développement des ressources sur leur approvisionnement en eaux souterraines. Il a fait valoir que ces données scientifiques doivent contribuer à mieux comprendre les enjeux sur la qualité de l'eau. 
 
Enbridge Line 9 pipeline reversal approved by energy board
Publish Date: 06-MAR-2014 09:04 AM
The National Energy Board has approved energy giant Enbridge's plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of a pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years. The green light for the Calgary-based company is subject to certain conditions and requirements.  
 
Lac-Mégantic : un pétrole d’une « grande volatilité » (french only)
Publish Date: 06-MAR-2014 09:01 AM
Des analyses rendues publiques jeudi par le Bureau de la sécurité des transports (BST) confirment que la haute volatilité du pétrole transporté par la Montreal Maine & Atlantic a joué un rôle déterminant dans l'incendie qui a ravagé le centre-ville de Lac-Mégantic. 
 
Feu vert à l’inversion du pipeline Enbridge vers Montréal (French only)
Publish Date: 06-MAR-2014 08:58 AM
L'Office national de l'énergie a donné son feu vert à l'inversion du pipeline 9 d'Enbridge vers Montréal, jeudi. L'organisme réglementaire a publié une décision de près de 200 pages en toute fin de journée pour confirmer sa décision. Enbridge peut donc inverser le flux de son oléoduc de 639 kilomètres entre North Westover et Montréal, qui coule actuellement d'Est en Ouest. La compagnie pourra aussi hausser la capacité de la conduite de 240 000 barils par jour à 300 000. 
 
Bruce Power pushes $15-billion upgrade with lead shareholders
Publish Date: 28-FEB-2014 08:30 AM
Bruce Power is working to secure the commitment from its two leading shareholders – TransCanada Corp. and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) – for a 15-year, $15-billion project to refurbish six Candu reactors at its Lake Huron site. The effort comes after Saskatoon-based uranium giant Cameco Corp. reached an agreement in January to sell its 31.6-per-cent stake in the nuclear power operator to OMERS’s Borealis infrastructure unit. That would leave the provincial pension fund with a 56.1-per-cent stake in Bruce Power, although TransCanada – currently at 40 per cent – and other small shareholders are still reviewing their right of first refusal to take up the Cameco shares. 
 
Chalk River reactor will need to prove its ongoing worth to survive
Publish Date: 28-FEB-2014 08:24 AM
The fate of the venerable NRU nuclear research reactor at Chalk River rests on it delivering innovative scientific and economic benefits once medical isotope production ceases in 2016, the head of AECL said Thursday at the Canadian Nuclear Association’s annual Ottawa conference. Earlier, Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver told the several hundred nuclear industry delegates the government hopes to complete its reorganization of AECL into a government-owned contractor-operated (GoCo) partnership next year. He gave no details about which private parties are in the running. 
 
TransCanada : toutes les lacunes ne sont pas corrigées (French only)
Publish Date: 25-FEB-2014 08:56 AM
TransCanada, l’entreprise qui prévoit construire l’oléoduc Énergie Est qui s’étendra sur près de 1000 km au Québec, a cerné la majorité des dangers et des risques de son réseau actuel, mais certains aspects ne sont toujours « pas conformes », conclut un rapport de l’Office national de l’énergie.  
 
TransCanada pipeline safety practices need to improve finds NEB audit
Publish Date: 24-FEB-2014 08:47 AM
A National Energy Board audit has found room for improvement when it comes to TransCanada's pipeline safety practices. Although the federal energy watchdog is "of the view that the processes presently used by TransCanada have identified the majority, and most significant, of its hazards and risks," it says the company is still breaking the rules in some areas. 
 
Feds need to do more to fight climate change, finds deputy ministers’ report
Publish Date: 21-FEB-2014 08:17 AM
A secret report from a committee of federal deputy ministers stresses the need for the federal government to further combat climate change and manage the risks that threaten Canadian communities, government infrastructure, food security and human health. The report from the Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment to the Clerk of the Privy Council Wayne Wouters also identifies priority areas for potential “government intervention” on energy and environmental innovation, including taking action on unconventional oil and gas, water and next-generation transportation. 
 
Leaks in the natural gas system releasing potent greenhouse gas
Publish Date: 14-FEB-2014 03:22 PM
The vast network of natural gas wells, pipes and processing facilities across the U.S. and Canada is "leaky" and needs a fix, according to a new study. Government authorities are underestimating how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is escaping into the atmosphere from the natural gas system, says the report, entitled Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems, that was released Thursday by journal Science. 
 
Ewart : Budget ignores rail and marine safety
Publish Date: 13-FEB-2014 03:26 PM
Getting Canadian oil and gas to lucrative global markets "is a priority" for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, but this week's budget didn't include new funding commitments in response to recent federal reports on improving rail and oil tanker safety. The budget did allocate $28 million over two years to the National Energy Board to help review project applications - TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline was named specifically - so they are completed within the two-year time limit set by Ottawa. 
 
RCMP, intelligence agency accused of spying on pipeline opponents
Publish Date: 06-FEB-2014 09:04 AM
Environmental and aboriginal groups opposed to Enbridge Inc.’s proposed pipeline across British Columbia say federal law enforcement agencies are spying on them and they want the “intimidating and anti-democratic” practices stopped. In a news conference on Thursday, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association announced it has filed complaints with the agencies overseeing the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.  
 
Environmental health risks of Alberta oilsands probably underestimated: study
Publish Date: 03-FEB-2014 08:42 AM
A new study suggests the environmental health risks of oilsands operations in Alberta’s Athabasca region have probably been underestimated. Researchers say emissions of potentially hazardous air pollution that were used in environmental reviews done before approving some projects did not include evaporation from tailings ponds or other sources, such as dust from mining sites. 
 
Keystone XL oil pipeline clears major hurdle
Publish Date: 31-JAN-2014 03:25 PM
The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada moved a significant step toward completion Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. 
 
Why NEB’s Gateway Report is Vulnerable to Legal Assault
Publish Date: 20-JAN-2014 11:01 AM
The federal Joint Review Panel report recommending Ottawa approve Northern Gateway has a number of flaws, errors and misrepresentations. The issues are serious enough that several environmental groups and two First Nations have asked the federal court for a judicial review. 
 
Harper government gave big oil pipeline companies $400 million to go green
Publish Date: 23-DEC-2013 08:30 AM
Canadian taxpayers have given more than $400 million to some large oil, gas and pipeline companies in recent years to support green projects that are also boosting the industry's environmental credentials. An analysis of federal accounting records by Postmedia News shows that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has offered these subsidies to money-making companies such as Shell Canada, Suncor, Husky Energy and Enbridge to pursue projects in biofuels production and wind energy as well as new technology to capture carbon pollution and bury it underground. 
 
Les opposants à Northern Gateway prennent le fédéral pour cible (French)
Publish Date: 21-DEC-2013 08:25 AM
Les opposants au projet Northern Gateway, qui a reçu jeudi soir le feu vert de la commission fédérale d’examen, préviennent que la guerre qu’ils ont menée jusqu’ici contre la réalisation de l’oléoduc dans l’ouest du pays visera désormais le gouvernement fédéral, à qui revient la décision définitive dans ce dossier.