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Huge merger in Canada, latest of several in oil/gas industry

A deal announced this weekend between two of the biggest oil companies in Canada will create the third largest oil and gas producer in the country and second largest refiner. The merger between Canadian rivals Cenovus Energy and Husky Energy »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics

Huge oilsands project cancelled in light of protests over resource development

Even as protests continue over a proposed natural gas (Coastal GasLink) line in northern B.C., and continued opposition to an oil pipeline (TransMountain) from Alberta to the Pacific, a huge oilsands mine project has been cancelled. Teck resources said the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Major pipeline project approved, but…

Yesterday afternoon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Trans Mountain pipeline project had been approved by cabinet. The multi-billion dollar and highly controversial project would triple crude capacity from the Alberta oilfields to a tanker facility on the »


Advances in oil sands technologies make Canada 4th largest producer of crude oil in 2018

Rapid technological advances in the exploration and production of Alberta’s oil sands have propelled Canada to become the world’s fourth largest producer of crude oil in 2018, behind the U.S., Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to a new report. In »

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Canadian oil company fined (again) for migratory bird deaths

The Syncrude company operating in the western province of Alberta’s oilsands region, has been fined $2.7 million dollars for causing the deaths of 31 blue herons. A large containment pond for a mixture of bitumen, water and other chemical byproducts »


Syncrude outage expected to boost heavy oil prices

A production shutdown at one of Canada’s largest oil sands facilities is expected to drive up the prices for Canadian heavy oil while freeing up pipeline space for exports of oil products from Western Canada. Syncrude Canada has said its »

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Financial institution backing out of new tar sands, fossil fuel projects

Europe’s largest international financial institution, HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company) has made a major announcement today. The worlds seventh largest lender said it will no longer finance any new developments dealing with Canada’s tar sands, Arctic drilling or »

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Expert says NAFTA trade deal means Canada can’t limit emissions

The trade talks continue with senior members of the Canadian, American, and Mexican governments to work out details on renewal of the North American Trade Agreement. It’s being called “NAFTA 2.0 For People or Polluters?” The international trade talks now »

Environment & Animal Life

Wood Buffalo listed among threatened World Heritage Sites

The conservation outlook for Wood Buffalo National Park has been downgraded to one of “significant concern” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group representing about 10,000 world experts lists the risks facing this World Heritage »

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Controversial major pipeline project cancelled

In an announcement today, the CEO of Trans-Canada pipelines said the so-called “energy east” and “eastern mainline” pipeline projects have been called off. The project would have seen a pipeline stretching from the oil sands project in Alberta and oil »