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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has moved to end an escalating crisis over Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. 

Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion investment untenable – CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 The CEO of Kinder Morgan Steven Kean has conceded that the C$7.4-billion twinning of the existing Kinder Morgan crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia “may be untenable for a private party to undertake”. He made the comments during the company’s first-quarter conference call on... 

Poll shows divided British Columbia opinions for/against Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 A slim majority of Canadians and British Columbians have come forward in favour of the proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan’s diluted bitumen pipeline connecting Canada’s Alberta oil patch with new markets in the Far East, via the West Coast. A new survey conducted by the nonprofit Angus Reid... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 Kinder Morgan Canada has placed nonessential activities and related spending at the project on hold. 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government will ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built. 

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday his government would ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built and added the C$7.4-billion project is not a threat to Canada’s West Coast. Trudeau reiterated the government’s position in two separate radio... 

British Columbia further hamstrings oil pipeline development

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2018 The coalition British Columbia provincial government has moved the goal post for crude oil pipeline operator Kinder Morgan yet again, adding another hurdle to the seemingly insurmountable legal obstacles that stand in the way of the company twinning its existing pipeline between Alberta's oil... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Canada’s federal National Energy Board has issued an order declaring that the project need not comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws as the company prepares to begin construction. 

NEB declares Trans Mountain Pipeline exempt of Burnaby bylaws

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 Canada’s federal endowed National Energy Board (NEB) issued an order on Thursday, declaring that Kinder Morgan’s C$7.4-billion Trans Mountain Expansion project is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws as the company prepares to begin construction. 

Altiplano delivers first bulk-sample ore to toll mill

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2017 TSX-V-listed explorer Altiplano Minerals has shipped the first 100-t sample of ore taken as part of a bulk sample at the Farellon copper/gold mine, in Chile, for toll milling. The Edmonton, Alberta-based miner said on Tuesday that since the Comet Joint Venture (CJV), in which it has earned a 50%... 

Altiplano earns half of Comet JV; starts bulk sample

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2017 Exploration junior Altiplano Minerals has earned a 50% stake in the Comet Joint Venture (CJV) with Comet Exploration, which is conducting exploration on the Farellon and Maria Luisa copper/gold development projects, in Chile. Headed by John Williamson, co-founder of Kaminak Gold, which discovered... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 The provincial coalition government of British Columbia has again outlined plans to stop the project. 

British Columbia govt digs in against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd November 2017 The British Columbia provincial government has reiterated its opposition against the flow of oil over its soil. While proponents for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion project have argued that the expansion of Canada's ability to reach new markets in Asia needs to be designated as a... 

British Columbia govt outlines actions to block Kinder Morgan crude pipeline expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 The newly installed coalition government of British Columbia has outlined its plans to stop an expansion of the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline that transports Alberta crude oil to Vancouver, on Canada's West Coast. Last year, the federal government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, approved... 

Commonwealth Games too costly – Mbalula

By: African News Agency      14th March 2017 The expectation that the South African government would have to provide more money than Cabinet had approved for the Commonwealth Games could not be sustained in the current economic environment, the Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said. Mbalula was speaking at the Moses Mabhida... 

Trump clears way for Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2017 Recently installed US President Donald Trump has cleared the way for the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built in the US, after signing off on executive orders on Tuesday that overturned the Obama administration’s efforts to block these... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project. 

Line 3 replacement programme, Canada and the US

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved approved Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project. 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Keystone’s death means record oil revival for Canadian railways

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2016 Keystone was the great hope for opening US markets further to Canadian crude. Now that it’s dead, the railways are going to make not just a comeback, but transport more oil than ever before. The Keystone XL pipeline was set to carry heavy Canadian crude south from Hardisty, Alberta’s oil hub,... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 A First Nation, based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. 

First Nation ramps up opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 A First Nation based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas was in New York on Thursday to beseech “dozens” of Kinder... 

More crude supply disruptions as wildfires threaten Cenovus's Pelican Lake ops

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2016 Canadian oil sands producer Cenovus Energy has shut down its Pelican Lake operations, in Alberta, as a wildfire approached less than 1 km from the plant. The Calgary, Alberta-based company said Wednesday that by 21:00 local time on Tuesday, it had safely evacuated 18 staff members to a temporary... 

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2016 Even as the Alberta wildfires continued to rage out of control, oil sands major Suncor Energy announced at the weekend that it had started a safe and staged restart in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), with initial production from its Firebag in situ facility starting early last... 

Down 25% year-on-year, Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index expected to rally in March

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2016 Despite Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index recording its fourth consecutive monthly decline in February when it edged down 0.3% month-on-month, and down 25% year-on-year, analysts expected the index to rally significantly in March. According to a press release commodity prices had rebounded... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     19th February 2016 The project proposes a 980 km expansion of the pipeline. 

British Columbia unable to support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2016 The British Columbia provincial government has stressed that it cannot support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project based on information submitted to the National Energy Board (NEB) panel reviewing the project. The provincial government stated on Monday that, during the course of the... 

Alberta puts a price on carbon in sweeping climate change mitigation reforms

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2015 The fossil-energy rich Western Canadian province of Alberta on Sunday announced a far-reaching climate change plan that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable energy, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone and sets emissions limits for oil sands. "This is the day we step up, at... 

Formal resource assessment commissioned for Red Moon's Newfoundland project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2015 Eastern Canada-focused explorer Red Moon Potash has tasked consulting engineering firm Apex Geoscience of Edmonton, Alberta, to undertake a formal resource assessment of its Captain Cook halite (rock salt) deposit, in western Newfoundland. The report would seek to establish a maiden resource... 

Scotiabank Commodity Price Index falls to lowest level since 2005

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2015 Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index has plunged by 10.5% month-on-month in August to a reading of 91.3, which placed it 13.9% below the April 2009 bottom during the last recession and the lowest level since early 2005. "While many commodity prices, including key base metals, remain well above the... 

Long-term benefits or deferred externalities?

By: Riaan de Lange     18th September 2015 I am writing this column having just returned from a concert at which one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Madness, was a headline act. It is with some irony that I contemplate the news of a mere 24 hours before. The city of Durban, my much beloved hometown, was... 

Durban named as 2022 Commonwealth Games host 

By: African News Agency      2nd September 2015 The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Wednesday announced in Auckland, New Zealand, that Durban will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, making South Africa’s third largest city the first African city to host the event. The announcement was made by British sports administrator Louise Martin‚... 

Even in the supposedly precise world of engineering, miscalculations arise 

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2014 Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that are too wide for many of the... 

Even in the supposedly precise world of engineering, miscalculations arise

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2014 Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that are too wide for many of the... 

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