Regulatory

  • Energy Extraction Industry Used Less Water Than Allocated In 2017

    The energy industry in 2017 used only about 260 million cubic metres (25 per cent) of the 1.05 billion cubic metres which it had been allocated and 0.18 per cent of the province’s non-saline available water, says the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in its new water use performance report.

    February 7, 2019, 9:55 AM MST

  • Crescent Point Withdraws Complaint Against TEML Westspur Pipelines

    A complaint to the National Energy Board (NEB) by Crescent Point Resources Partnership regarding the Westspur Pipeline which is owned and operated by TEML Westspur Pipelines Limited has been withdrawn.

    February 6, 2019, 11:07 AM MST

  • Senate Committee Supports Taking Bill C-69 On The Road

    The energy and environment committee of the Canadian Senate has unanimously supported a motion from Alberta Senator Paula Simons that it travel to other regions of Canada to seek feedback on Bill C-69.

    February 6, 2019, 12:08 PM MST

  • AER Releases Water Use Performance Report

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has released its 2017 water use performance report and for the first time it includes company level information for hydraulic fracturing and enhanced oil recovery.

    February 6, 2019, 11:33 AM MST

  • New Research Grades Earthquake Risk In Northeast B.C. Montney: Geoscience BC

    A report and maps released by Geoscience BC today provides new information about where there is an increased potential of amplification of ground motion from earthquakes associated with hydraulic fracturing and fluid disposal in northeastern British Columbia’s Montney play.

    February 6, 2019, 10:14 AM MST

  • Hearing Set For CNRL Proposed Fuel Gas Pipeline

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has set a revised date and location for a public hearing on a pipeline application from Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

    February 5, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • Kinder Morgan Gets OK To Start Up Elba LNG Export Plant

    February 5, 2019, 9:02 AM MST

  • Turning Emissions Reductions Into Profits: Opportunities Await Companies Taking A Lead On Methane Mitigation

    Slashing methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents both challenge and opportunity. Today, the DOB features Part 5 in a five-part series, written by our technology editor Maurice Smith, that examines how to turn emissions reductions into profits. Part 1 is available here. Part 2 is available here. Part 3 is available here. And Part 4 is available here.

    February 1, 2019, 11:08 AM MST

  • Dates Set For Coastal GasLink Jurisdictional Arguments

    A National Energy Board jurisdictional hearing on the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. pipeline will wrap up April 29-May 3, 2019, in Calgary with oral summary argument followed by CGL’s oral reply argument.

    February 1, 2019, 6:02 AM MST

  • Oilpatch Not Standing Still As Onus To Cut Methane Emissions Approaches

    Slashing methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents both challenge and opportunity. Today, the DOB features Part 4 in a five-part series, written by our technology editor Maurice Smith, that examines the multipronged efforts underway to uncover the quickest and most cost-effective solutions to get there. Part 1 is available here. Part 2 is available here. Part 3 is available here.

    January 31, 2019, 10:58 AM MST

  • Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of AER, Orphan Well Fund

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) can legally require a trustee for a bankrupt energy company to fulfill abandonment obligations prior to distributing funds to creditors, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

    January 31, 2019, 7:57 AM MST

  • Allegations CGL Is Not In Compliance With Pre-Construction Permitting Requirements Are ‘False,’ Says Company

    Fully approved and permitted construction activities on the Coastal GasLink pipeline are progressing with grading and clearing well underway, along with road maintenance and cleanup.

    January 31, 2019, 12 AM MST

  • Canada Poised To Become A Leader In Methane Detection And Mitigation Technology Deployment

    Slashing methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents both challenge and opportunity. Today, the DOB features Part 3 in a five-part series, written by our technology editor Maurice Smith, that examines the multipronged efforts underway to uncover the quickest and most cost-effective solutions to get there. Part 1 is available here. Part 2 is available here.

    January 30, 2019, 11:01 AM MST

  • Trans Mountain Claims Stand.earth Attempting To Further Delay Project

    A notice of motion from Stand.earth asking the National Energy Board (NEB) to review its decision to exclude the indirect impacts of greenhouse gases in its reconsideration of the Trans Mountain expansion should be denied, says the company.

    January 30, 2019, 3:59 AM MST

  • In Situ Abandonment Better Option Than Removal, Say Deep Panuke, SOEP Operators

    The Deep Panuke and Sable Offshore Energy Project pipelines onshore and offshore Nova Scotia should be abandoned in place, project operators have told a National Energy Board (NEB) hearing into the abandonments.

    January 30, 2019, 6:56 AM MST

  • Husky Preparing For Production Restart At White Rose

    Husky Energy Inc. is preparing to move ahead with remediation and production restart activities at the White Rose Field, offshore Newfoundland.

    January 30, 2019, 10:22 AM MST

  • Industry Determined To Reach Methane Emissions Reduction Target; Environmental Groups Cast Doubt

    Slashing methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents both challenge and opportunity. Today, the DOB features Part 2 in a five-part series, written by our technology editor Maurice Smith, that examines the multipronged efforts underway to uncover the quickest and most cost-effective solutions to get there. Part 1 is available here.

    January 29, 2019, 11:07 AM MST

  • Producers Keen On Area-Based Closure Program

    A new voluntary area-based closure program that enables Alberta oil and gas producers in a particular area to co-ordinate their abandonment programs for inactive wells, facilities and pipelines is gaining traction, says an industry spokesman.

    January 29, 2019, 7:31 AM MST

  • Orphan Well Abandonment Inventory Climbs To 1,778 In 2017-2018

    The downturn in the oil and gas industry has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of orphan properties and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) is responding to the challenge, the association says in its 2017 annual report.

    January 29, 2019, 7:38 AM MST

  • Decision In RedWater Case To Be Released Jan. 31

    The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday morning will release its long-awaited decision in the RedWater case that could determine who should be responsible for the abandonment of wells in the case of an operator’s insolvency.

    January 29, 2019, 6:21 AM MST

  • High Ground Energy Proposing Nine Pad Multi-Well Viking Project

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued notice of a public hearing for a Viking formation project proposed by High Ground Energy Inc. about 38 kilometres south of Provost in east-central Alberta.

    January 29, 2019, 9:27 AM MST

  • B.C. Regulator Launches Mediation Pilot Project

    The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) is launching a new mediation service to provide an additional level of support for land owners in cases where land owners and companies are not able to agree on remedies for complaints and site restoration post permit.

    January 29, 2019, 11:30 AM MST

  • New Methane Regs Built On Extensive National, International Collaboration

    Slashing methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents both challenge and opportunity. Today, the DOB starts a five-part series, written by our technology editor Maurice Smith, that examines the multipronged efforts underway to uncover the quickest and most cost-effective solutions to get there.

    January 28, 2019, 10:01 AM MST

  • NEB Told Coastal GasLink Directed Separately From Other TransCanada Subsidiaries

    The Coastal GasLink pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from northeast British Columbia to the LNG Canada facility at Kitimat, is directed and managed separately from other TransCanada Corporation subsidiaries, says Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd.

    January 28, 2019, 10:26 AM MST

  • Trans Mountain Urges Caution In Changes To Approval Conditions For Expansion

    The National Energy Board (NEB) should be cautious in accepting amendments to conditions of approval for the Trans Mountain expansion, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC has warned. 

    January 28, 2019, 11:53 AM MST