Elsie Ross

Elsie started at JWN in 1997 as a reporter for the Daily Oil Bulletin. Prior to that, she spent 15 years at the Calgary Herald as a reporter including the City Hall and education beats (but never business) and later as a copy editor. Elsie is currently the associate editor of the Daily Oil Bulletin. Her interests include midstream (pipeline) companies and politics.

  • Balance Sheets A Priority For Integrated Oil Companies

    Integrated oil companies that sharply reduced their capital budgets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic say they will continue to focus on their balance sheets for the rest of this year although some say spending could rise next year.

    July 8, 2020, 7:08 AM MDT

  • In-Service Dates Revised For Six NGTL Projects

    Based on its recent capacity optimization open season, TC Energy Corporation has revised in-service dates for six projects on its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) System, including the North Central Corridor expansion and the Groundbirch Mainline Loop’s Sunrise and proposed Saturn sections.

    June 26, 2020, 6:14 AM MDT

  • Higher Gas Prices On The Horizon But Tough Fall Forecast

    While natural gas producers likely will see stronger prices in 2021, the next few months will continue to be challenging as the global glut of gas continues to weigh down prices in the wake of reduced COVID demand, analysts are predicting.

    June 25, 2020, 7:36 AM MDT

  • Net Zero Crucial To Oil And Gas Industry, Says O’Regan

    The Canadian oil and gas industry needs “net-zero” emissions which has now become a tool for competitiveness, not only a tool for the environment and the “right thing to do,” Canada’s natural resources minister said Monday.

    June 23, 2020, 6:42 AM MDT

  • Ottawa Trying To ‘Get It Right’ On Energy Company Aid: Natural Resources Minister

    Although the federal government still has “a ways to go” in delivering assistance to the beleaguered oil and gas industry, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said Monday it is working to “try to get it right.”

    June 23, 2020, 11:26 AM MDT

  • Energy Industry Spending Down 31 Per Cent In 2019; To Decline Further For 2020: AER

    Total Alberta capital expenditures in oil, natural gas and oilsands fell by 31 per cent in 2019 to $18.9 billion from $27.5 billion in 2018 although global capital spending was up, says the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in its annual energy outlook.

    June 9, 2020, 6:39 AM MDT

  • WCS Expected To Average US$19/bbl In 2020, Says AER

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in its annual energy outlook is forecasting a 57 per cent drop in its base case price for Western Canadian Select (WCS) to US$19/bbl in 2020 from $44.28 bbl in 2019.

    June 9, 2020, 6:54 AM MDT

  • AER Energy Outlook Forecasting Lower Demand For Pentanes Plus In 2020

    Alberta demand for pentanes plus is expected to decline by 4.8 per cent this year as a result of lower oilsands demand brought on by low oil prices from falling demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in its annual energy outlook.

    June 9, 2020, 9:54 AM MDT

  • Let’s Talk About Exploration: Altura Eyeing Medium Oil Prospect Near Strathmore

    In what has become a rarity at this year’s virtual annual meetings, junior Altura Energy Ltd. Thursday talked to its shareholders about an early stage medium oil exploration play.

    June 5, 2020, 6:21 AM MDT

  • Well Site Clean-Up Program Funding Draws Overwhelming Demand: Alberta Energy Minister

    The Alberta energy department has reviewed and processed more than 6,600 of the more than 36,000 applications it received for the first round of the federally-funded Site Rehabilitation Program and money is flowing to oilfield service contractors, Energy Minister Sonya Savage said Wednesday.

    June 4, 2020, 6:05 AM MDT

  • Contested Case Hearing To Be Held For Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Water Permit

    Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement project faces a further permitting delay with a decision by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), following a public comment period, to conduct a contested case hearing regarding the company’s 401 water quality certificate permit.

    June 3, 2020, 3:20 PM MDT

  • West Path Delivery Project 2022 Proposed By NGTL

    NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) is seeking Canada Energy Regulator (CER) approval for the West Path delivery 2022 project with a targeted in-service date of November 2022 for the entire project.

    June 2, 2020, 9:53 AM MDT

  • Pieridae Still Confident Of AER Approval Of Shell Licence Transfers

    Pieridae Energy Limited’s chief executive says Shell Canada Limited remains committed to the transfer of its South Foothills licences to Pieridae and that Shell will be working  with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to complete the process.

    May 28, 2020, 2:45 PM MDT

  • Environmental Monitoring Requirements Temporarily Suspended Due To Pandemic

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has temporarily suspended some environmental monitoring requirements that are difficult for workers to perform safely while complying with current public health orders due to COVID-19.

    May 22, 2020, 10:59 AM MDT

  • NGTL Bid To Abandon Etzikom Pipelines Denied By CER

    The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has denied an application from NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) for leave to abandon the Etzikom pipelines that are part of the NGTL System in southeastern Alberta and terminate firm shipper contracts, determining it is not in the public interest.

    May 21, 2020, 11:45 AM MDT

  • Trans Mountain Expansion Poses ‘Very Low’ Risk To Coldwater Reserve Water Supply, Study Concludes

    A hydrogeological study filed with Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has demonstrated that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion poses a “very low” risk to water sourced by wells on the Coldwater Indian Reserve No. 1 near Merritt, British Columbia, says the company.

    May 20, 2020, 10:17 AM MDT

  • TC Energy Stands By Economic Importance Of Keystone XL Despite Biden Opposition

    The Keystone XL pipeline remains an important North American energy infrastructure project that will create thousands of high-quality jobs in a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty and unemployment, says TC Energy Corporation.

    May 19, 2020, 10:55 AM MDT

  • Refined Product Demand Picking Up At Prince George Refinery, Says Tidewater

    Over the past week or so, Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. has seen a significant improvement at its Prince George refinery in rack prices for gasoline and diesel along with increased demand, the company’s chief executive said Thursday.

    May 15, 2020, 6:11 AM MDT

  • Regulator To Reconsider Geographic Focus Of Trans Mountain Detailed Route Hearing

    The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) says it will reconsider and establish the geographic focus of a detailed route hearing in British Columbia for the Trans Mountain expansion and issue a ruling after receiving additional comments.

    May 14, 2020, 10:09 AM MDT

  • Trans Mountain Seeks Change To Detailed Route Hearing; Cites Risk To In-Service Date

    Warning that regulatory delays are jeopardizing its ability to start construction of its expansion project in priority areas by July 2020, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC has asked the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to reduce the scope for a detailed route hearing in British Columbia.

    May 13, 2020, 10:39 AM MDT

  • Keyera Offering Short Term Concessions To Some G&P Customers

    As producers slash their capital programs, Keyera Corp.  is working with its natural gas gathering and processing customers, where appropriate, to develop mutually beneficial solutions to help keep their volumes flowing in the short term, says a company executive.

    May 13, 2020, 3:58 PM MDT

  • Federal Aid Program For Large Companies Wins Alberta, Industry Support

    The Alberta government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) have welcomed Monday’s announcement by the federal government of a new multi-sector bridge financing program to help large employers, although they caution the details remain to be worked out.

    May 12, 2020, 6:20 AM MDT

  • New Bridge Financing Program To Help Large Employers

    The federal government today announced some long awaited assistance for Canada’s largest employers in all sectors, including those in the oilpatch, to help them keep from going under and to position them for a rapid economic recovery.

    May 11, 2020, 11:36 AM MDT

  • Diversified Asset Base Will Be Key To Recovery, Pembina AGM Told

    Pembina Pipeline Corp. is ready to recover from the economic downturn and has the ability to make money despite the current circumstances — including the price of oil — company shareholders heard Friday.

    May 11, 2020, 6 AM MDT

  • Enbridge CEO Says Heavy Oil Demand Likely To Lead Recovery

    Heavy oil is expected to lead the way as refinery demand gradually picks up in the United States Midwest and other regions later this year and refineries look  to take advantage of available capacity on the Canadian Mainline,  the chief executive of Enbridge Inc. said Thursday.

    May 8, 2020, 12 AM MDT

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