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Railing against soaring gas prices, Republicans in Congress cite Keystone XL decision

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WASHINGTON — Republicans are resurrecting the long-dead Keystone XL pipeline expansion in an effort to blame President Joe Biden for soaring gasoline prices.
The controversial cross-border project, cancelled by Biden on his first day in office, is pl…

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Look to next-gen oil and gas leaders to end North America’s energy stalemate

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WASHINGTON — North America’s polarizing pipeline battles have seen many venues — from the Prime Minister’s Office and the U.S. State Department to the windswept plains of Nebraska and Minnesota to judge’s chambers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. bord…

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Canada-U.S. Commons committee exploring latest cross-border pipeline flashpoint

WASHINGTON — The latest pipeline dispute between Canada and the United States is back on the agenda in Ottawa. 
Enbridge vice-president Vern Yu is scheduled to appear today before a special House of Commons committee exploring Canada-U.S. ties. 
Enbri…

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Spartan Delta buys Inception Exploration and oil and gas assets for $148 million

Calgary producer Spartan Delta Corp. says it has agreed to buy private rival Inception Exploration Ltd. and two packages of oil and gas assets in northwestern Alberta for a total of $148 million in cash and shares.The company, founded last spring thro…

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TC Energy plans net zero emissions for Keystone XL even as project’s future in doubt

CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. has announced a plan for its Keystone XL project to achieve net zero emissions when it is placed into service, even as the future of the pipeline expansion appeared in doubt.Transition documents suggest Joe Biden will kill th…

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TC Energy invites bids for Keystone pipeline space as plans advance for Keystone XL

CALGARY — The Calgary company building the Keystone XL pipeline is inviting oil shippers to bid for capacity expected to be made available when it opens in about two years despite a vow by the incoming U.S. president to halt the project.
TC Energy spo…

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Dawn of Biden era offers new opportunities, old challenges for Canada-U.S. relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Donald Trump has anything in common with Canada, it might be this: a shared craving for the attention of the American people that at times can border on the pathological. 
Both could go through withdrawal symptoms in the new year…

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Environmental groups keep fighting KXL despite Biden’s promise to block pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Critics of Canada’s most controversial cross-border pipeline projects aren’t taking their demise for granted under president-elect Joe Biden. 
A new report from the U.S.-based Rainforest Action Network says two of them — Keystone XL…

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‘No government contracts’ for companies that don’t manufacture in U.S., Biden vows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Now that he’s the president-elect, Joe Biden is doubling down on his promise that economic recovery efforts in the United States will remain a made-in-America endeavour. 
Biden, who was vice-president when Canada last confronted a D…

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Yukon government says it doesn’t support U.S. permit for exploration in Arctic

WHITEHORSE — The Yukon government says it does not support a permit for an oil drilling exploration project in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, although experts fear the United States administration will push ahead with the plan. Yukon E…

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Markets concerns about contested U.S. election fading with Biden lead in polls

TORONTO — Stock market investors are breathing a little easier despite potentially facing higher taxes as the possibility of a contested U.S. presidential election appears to be fading, say investment experts.
With nine days to go before election day,…

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TC Energy’s Girling Retires as Keystone Pipeline Battle Goes On

CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. says chief executive Russ Girling will retire at the end of this year.
The pipeline company says he will be replaced by chief operating officer Francois Poirier who will be promoted to the top job on Jan. 1, 2021.
Poirier wil…

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Wilks Brothers formalizes Calfrac takeover offer ahead of vote on restructuring plan

CALGARY — Texas-based Wilks Brothers LLC says it is making formal the $26.1-million takeover bid for Calfrac Well Services Ltd. it proposed last week, while continuing to urge shareholders to reject a management reorganization plan.
The company, which…

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Enbridge wins approval to restart east leg of Line 5 pipeline through Great Lakes

CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. says it will restart the east segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac after winning approval from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Michigan Circuit Court.
The Calgary-based company sh…

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Cardinal Energy cleaning up after 320,000 litres of oil and produced water spills

SWAN HILLS, Alta. — A large spill of crude oil and produced water at a Cardinal Energy facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.
The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.
It says 320,0…

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Trump wields presidential power on energy projects such as stalled Keystone XL

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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is eager to jump-start energy projects such as the TransCanada Keystone XL oil pipeline, and he’s taken action to assert executive power over such infrastructure.
The president last month issued a new permit fo…

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Michigan pipeline replacement setback raises fears for existing conduit

CALGARY — A move by the governor of Michigan to halt work on a project to replace Enbridge Inc.’s 65-year-old Line 5 pipeline is raising fears that the recently elected Democratic administration could also try to shut down the existing pipeline.
Analy…

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Canadian oilfield services firms bringing in more revenue from U.S. operations

CALGARY — Analysts say Canadian oilfield services companies with operations in the U.S. are now earning more of their revenue south of the border than they have for at least six years.
In a report, AltaCorp Capital says that trend is expected to conti…

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Devon Energy says it intends to exit Canadian oilsands sector

CALGARY — Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.
Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. announced after markets closed Tuesday that it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets and its Barnett Shale holdi…

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CEOS for Royal Bank, Enbridge, call for better balance in energy policies

TORONTO — The CEOs of Canada’s largest bank and its largest pipeline company say the country needs an energy strategy that will better balance environmental and Indigenous goals with the need to develop its abundant oil and gas resources.
But Royal Ba…

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Valero Energy Reports 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.
A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bank…

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Enerplus focuses $600-million budget on growing North Dakota oil production

CALGARY — Enerplus Corp. says it will increase spending and production this year while continuing to focus on its North Dakota Bakken light oil play.
The mid-sized producer says it plans to spend between $565 million and $635 million this year, with t…

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Indigenous groups still want to buy stake in Trans Mountain after court setback

Harold Frazier, (C) Chairman of the Cheyenne River Reservation wears his Lakota headdress and holds a staff just outside of Fort Laramie, Wyoming, U.S., April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

VANCOUVER — Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that halted construction and potentially set the project back for years.
The Federal Court …

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Walmart Canada orders 30 more Tesla semi-trucks as it aims to shed diesel

TORONTO — Walmart Canada is buying more Tesla semi trucks as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint by having its entire fleet powered by alternative energy by 2028.
The Canadian subsidiary of the U.S.-based retail giant says it will acquire 30 of the…

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Significant court decision could determine Trans Mountain’s fate: experts

VANCOUVER — A court decision expected Thursday could determine the fate of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and further define Canada’s duty to consult with First Nations, experts say.
The Federal Court of Appeal is to rule on a case …

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Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline now $1.9B higher, Kinder Morgan says

OTTAWA — Kinder Morgan Canada documents say expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will cost the federal government another $1.9 billion beyond the company’s original construction estimate and will take another full year to complete.
The figure is incl…

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Ottawa fails to secure new buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline

OTTAWA — The federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing to quickly flip the project to another private-sector buyer.
Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan had been working with the government t…

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Kinder Morgan subtracts capital gains tax to cut ‘net price’ for Trans Mountain

CALGARY — Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says the actual price the federal government will pay for its Trans Mountain pipeline system and expansion project will be hundreds of millions of dollars less than the $4.5 billion it announced in May.
In a regulat…

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Canada, U.S. express concern at NATO over Russian pipeline into Germany

The Trudeau government and the Trump administration have found common ground at the NATO summit — shared concern over a proposed Russian pipeline that would cross through the Baltic Sea into Germany.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Can…

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Canada’s goal is to become world’s cleanest producer of LNG: Carr

OTTAWA — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada’s pathway to a clean energy future includes not only transitioning to renewable sources of energy but also technology that makes traditional fossil fuels cleaner to both produce and burn.
That p…

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Canadians sign letter opposing U.S. Arctic drilling in wildlife sanctuary

Thousands of Canadians and one territorial government are asking American regulators not to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife sanctuary that is home to a crucial transboundary caribou herd.
The request comes in a letter delivered Tuesday, the …

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Indigenous protesters in Washington declare Trans Mountain won’t be built

Cedar George-Parker addresses the crowd as protesters opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension defy a court order and block an entrance to the company's property, in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday April 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his life to defending Indigenous people and their traditional territories. It was the one-year anniversary of a shooting at his high school that killed four of his classmates in…

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Canada’s Oil and Gas Workers Still Mainly Old White Males Despite Diversity Gains: Study

CALGARY — A new study shows that Canada’s energy sector workforce became larger and more diverse from 2006 to 2016, but remains predominantly the domain of older, white men.
PetroLMI says the number of people directly employed in oil and gas grew by a…

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Canada’s billions in fossil fuel subsidies to go under the microscope

OTTAWA — The federal government has taken a step towards fulfilling it’s promise to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies by agreeing to finally explain how much it actually spends on them.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr was in Argentina on Thursday w…

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Canadian Oil Production Expected to Rise: Industry Association Predicts

CALGARY — Canada’s oil production is expected to increase by 1.4 million barrels per day by 2035, despite an ongoing “competitiveness gap” that discourages investment, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Total Canadian oil pr…

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New U.S. Pipeline Expected to Lower Natural Gas Prices in Central Canada

CALGARY — Central Canadian consumers can expect to pay less for natural gas to heat their homes as a new pipeline connects shale gas from the northeastern United States to the Dawn storage hub near Sarnia in southwestern Ontario.
The Rover Pipeline la…

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Trudeau to talk Trans Mountain pipeline with Indigenous leaders in B.C.

ROSEDALE, B.C. — The prime minister is expected to meet with Indigenous leaders in British Columbia today, including a First Nations chief who has been a vocal supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Justin Trudeau will be in the Fraser Va…

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Key Kinder Morgan executives offered $1.5-million retention bonuses

CALGARY — Kinder Morgan Canada is paying $1.5-million bonuses to two senior executives to ensure they stay with the company as its Trans Mountain pipeline system is sold to the federal government in a $4.5-billion sales agreement.
The company says it …

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ConocoPhillips Fined $180,000 for 2016 Leak of Condensate in Northwest Alberta

FILE PHOTO: Logos of ConocoPhillips are seen in its booth at Gastech, the world's biggest expo for the gas industry, in Chiba, Japan, April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo - RC11AEA51EE0

CALGARY — Oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips Canada is being fined $180,000 for a 2016 pipeline leak that spilled a light petroleum liquid in a remote area of northwestern Alberta.
The Alberta Energy Regulator says the leak of 380,000 litres of conde…

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No Suitors Emerge for Pipeline Project Stake as Kinder Morgan Deadline Looms

CALGARY — With just over a week remaining until the May 31 deadline set for abandoning its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, no suitors have publicly emerged to step into builder Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shoes.
Analysts and observers say they rema…

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Explosion at Husky Refinery in Wisconsin Sends Several People to Hospital

Dark smoke rises from Husky Energy oil refinery following an explosion in Superior, Wisconsin, U.S., April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Robert King/Duluth News Tribune

CALGARY — A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a Wisconsin refinery owned by Calgary-based Husky Energy Inc. on Thursday, injuring several people and causing a blast that one worker described as sounding like a sonic boom.
No fatalities …

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‘We Can’t Give Up:’ First Nations to Fight Alaska Drills on Caribou Calving Land

Canadian First Nations are gearing up to fight new U.S. oil-drilling interest in the calving grounds of a caribou herd key to Indigenous physical and cultural survival.
“We will continue to fight,” said Chief Wanda Pascal of the Tetlit Gwich’In in For…

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Kinder Morgan CEO says political solution needed for Trans Mountain project

CALGARY — Kinder Morgan is open to discussing an investment in its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Alberta government if there’s clear assurance that the project can actually be completed, the company’s chief executive said Monday.
Alberta Pr…

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Trump Tells Another Tall Tale, This One on the Keystone XL Pipeline

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has just regaled another audience with a tall tale involving Canada, this one about a conversation involving the Keystone XL pipeline he insists never happened.
Spoiler alert: it did happen, in his office, with came…

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Cenovus cuts oilsands production due to price differential, pipeline constraints

CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. said Thursday it has been running its oilsands operations at reduced production rates and storing excess barrels due to wider-than-normal light-heavy oil price differentials and pipeline capacity constraints.
The company …

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14 protesters arrested at Trans Mountain work site in Burnaby, B.C.

BURNABY, B.C. — RCMP say more than a dozen people protesting the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline have been arrested at a construction site in Burnaby, B.C.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge granted the company an injunction last week restricting pro…

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Enbridge, TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to U.S. tax ruling

CALGARY — Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.
Both Ca…

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Canadian Government ‘determined’ to see Trans Mountain pipeline expanded: minister

VANCOUVER — Canada’s natural resources minister says Ottawa is determined to see the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded, despite an interprovincial dispute on whether the project should go ahead.
Jim Carr said the federal government approved the project…

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