Maurice Smith

Maurice is the DOB's technology editor. He has reported on emerging energy industry technology for over 15 years, including more than a decade as editor of New Technology Magazine. Maurice joined JWN in 2001 as a Daily Oil Bulletin reporter after gaining 11 years of experience writing for and editing newspapers in British Columbia.

  • Alberta Start-ups In Global Race To Grab A Piece Of Booming Lithium Supply Chain

    Not so long ago, in situ oilsands production was little more than a dream in the eye of Alberta’s petroleum producers. Years of government and industry-funded research cracked that nut with the development of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) that has created a multibillion-dollar industry paying dividends to both producers and governments for two decades.

    April 1, 2020, 6 AM MDT

  • Newly Branded Ovintiv Brandishes Lower Drilling Costs, Higher Cash Flow To Validate Anadarko Basin Buy

    Oklahoma’s Anadarko Basin has been a challenging play, one that has sent some small explorers into bankruptcy and caused investment to flee. But by applying its extensive knowledge and experience to the basin’s Stack and Scoop fields, Ovintiv Inc. says it has now unlocked the acreage it acquired in the $5.5 billion acquisition of Newfield Exploration Co. in 2018.

    January 30, 2020, 11:27 AM MST

  • Originator Of ‘Triple Bottom Line’ Defends Extinction Rebellion Cause, Looks To Update Capitalism

    When Extinction Rebellion protesters descended on streets and bridges outside the London offices of Volans Ventures consulting agency, the company’s co-founder and executive chairman, John Elkington, chose not to rage about the disruption and economic cost of the protests.

    January 6, 2020, 8:47 AM MST

  • Activist Investors Winning Major Concessions On Climate: Panel

    When two modest investment funds from the U.K. and the Netherlands took their climate change concerns to one of the world’s biggest oil companies last year, it would have been easy to view it as a David and Goliath mismatch — with the supermajor unlikely to take marching orders that would impact its worldwide operations from players with a tiny fraction of its shares.

    December 23, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • Provinces Near Methane Emissions Equivalency Deals

    With federal methane emissions reductions rules set to come into effect in January, oil and gas producing provinces seeking to apply their own equivalence regulations to supersede the federal ones have run out of time to avoid at least initial implementation of the federal rules.

    December 16, 2019, 12 AM MST

  • New AER Program Encourages Innovation To Reduce Emissions Compliance Costs

    Alberta's energy regulator is encouraging companies to innovate to further reduce the cost of emissions compliance. 

    December 16, 2019, 5:43 AM MST

  • Extensive Electrification, Methane Reductions Hold Keys To Canada’s LNG Success: Report

    By leveraging its abundant renewable energy resources and incentivizing production of the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG), Canada can develop its LNG industry while meeting its climate goals, concludes a report examining the unique “green” advantages the country possesses.

    November 27, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • Extensive Electrification, Methane Reductions Hold Keys To Canada’s LNG Success: Report

    By leveraging its abundant renewable energy resources and incentivizing production of the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG), Canada can develop its LNG industry while meeting its climate goals, concludes a report examining the unique “green” advantages the country possesses.

    November 26, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • Extensive Electrification, Methane Reductions Hold Keys To Canada’s LNG Success: Report

    By leveraging its abundant renewable energy resources and incentivizing production of the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG), Canada can develop its LNG industry while meeting its climate goals, concludes a report examining the unique “green” advantages the country possesses.

    November 25, 2019, 6:51 AM MST

  • Extensive Electrification, Methane Reductions Hold Keys To Canada’s LNG Success: Report

    By leveraging its abundant renewable energy resources and incentivizing production of the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG), Canada can develop its LNG industry while meeting its climate goals, concludes a report examining the unique “green” advantages the country possesses.

    November 22, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • Extensive Electrification, Methane Reductions Hold Keys To Canada’s LNG Success: Report

    By leveraging its abundant renewable energy resources and incentivizing production of the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG), Canada can develop its LNG industry while meeting its climate goals, concludes a report examining the unique “green” advantages the country possesses.

    November 21, 2019, 11:22 AM MST

  • Digital And Emissions Reductions Technologies Headline PTAC Showcase Event

    Digital and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation technologies could be key to solving the challenge of reducing operational costs and implementing more efficient processes to improve overall company performance and safety given the current state of the market, according to Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC).

    October 28, 2019, 11 AM MDT

  • Gas Plant Retrofit Option Could Get Alberta In On Ground Floor Of Future Hydrogen Economy

    There has been a resurgence in interest in hydrogen as the clean fuel of the future, driven by rapidly falling costs of renewable energy and technology advances that are forecast to make “green” hydrogen production cost competitive with natural gas derived hydrogen in a decade.

    October 10, 2019, 11:16 AM MDT

  • Electric Vehicle Transition Set To Take Bite Out Of Oil Demand

    Anyone doubting the auto industry’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) might want to digest the impact of the world’s biggest auto conglomerate doubling down on electrification of its entire fleet.

    October 8, 2019, 12 AM MDT

  • As Climate Pressure Mounts, Canada At Risk Of Falling Behind

    The push to cut greenhouse gas emissions may be receiving a shot in the arm recently with growing student protests, Green New Deal awareness and promotion in the U.S., and United Nations sponsored scientific reports and high level meetings, such as those taking place in New York this week, seeking to address climate change.

    September 25, 2019, 8:37 AM MDT

  • Attacking Opponents No Substitute For Tackling Carbon Emissions: Analyst

    Alberta has every right to be proud of the innovation and entrepreneurial prowess that has created, in many ways, a world-leading oil and gas sector. But that success doesn’t give it the right to disregard environmental limits and carry on business as usual in an increasingly climate conscious world, says the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

    September 25, 2019, 7:19 AM MDT

  • Investor Pressure, Technological Change Pushing Big Oil To Electrify: European Majors Leading The Charge

    Long-term energy industry growth lies in electricity supply and distribution as changing technology and climate concerns drive strategy to electrify everything, an energy analyst told a Calgary conference last week.

    September 24, 2019, 12 AM MDT

  • Cryptocurrency Mining Upside Offered To Struggling Natural Gas Producers

    A cryptocurrency mining company is offering long-suffering natural gas producers a potentially lucrative alternative to perennially low commodity prices — by setting up their own natural gas-fuelled Bitcoin mining operations.

    July 22, 2019, 6:07 AM MDT

  • Proposed Large Emitter Regulation Fleshed Out In Review Process

    Having scrapped the carbon tax, the Alberta government is moving ahead to make changes to the large emitter regulations that will ease the burden for the oil and gas industry when it comes into force Jan. 1.

    July 18, 2019, 11:11 AM MDT

  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Could Offer Alberta Advantage To Oilpatch

    Alberta may have the talent, high-level expertise and the data to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning (AIML) for the oilpatch, but the industry remains short on the leadership, commitment to invest and worker engagement across the enterprise to fully benefit from the digital transition, speakers to an Oil Sands Innovation Summit panel said recently.

    July 2, 2019, 8 AM MDT

  • Already A Leader In Cleantech Innovation, Oilpatch Looks To Further Reduce Emission Intensity While Resisting Federal Intrusion

    The oil and gas industry is an unrecognized leader in cleantech investment and on its way to producing some of the cleanest natural gas in the world, speakers to an innovation panel at the Global Petroleum Show said Wednesday.

    June 13, 2019, 11:41 AM MDT

  • New Technology Plays Offer Growth Opportunity In New Era Of Capital Flexibility

    IHS Markit is forecasting 40 per cent production growth in light oil production in the next three to five years that will come not from the usual suspects — like the Montney, Duvernay and Spirit River — but from surprisingly profitable plays flying under the radar.

    June 5, 2019, 6 AM MDT

  • Tech Innovation, National Energy Strategy Could Insulate Oilpatch From Climate Exposure: Forum

    Technological innovation and a national energy strategy could catalyze change for the oil and gas industry struggling to emerge from the deepest downturn in a generation, according to PwC Canada's 2019 Energy Visions report.

    May 27, 2019, 12 AM MDT

  • Rising Geopolitical And Climate Risks, Trump Factor Threats To Watch

    After taking a back seat to the sensation of the shale gas and tight oil revolution, geopolitics appears ready to rise again as a major threat multiplier for the oil industry in an age of heightened nationalism, hyper partisanship, a breakdown in international norms and institutions, and a growing climate divide.

    May 27, 2019, 12 AM MDT

  • Canada Punching Below Its Weight On Massive Shale Opportunity: Forum

    Despite holding all the most important ingredients for a bourgeoning shale gas and tight oil sector — including the resources, the technology and the talent — Canada is missing the bus on the unconventional revolution sweeping across the U.S., a PwC Canada forum heard Wednesday.

    May 23, 2019, 2:20 PM MDT