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Jun 18, 2014

Pipeline go-ahead raises risks for Canada’s Conservatives

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Its decision to approve development of the controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline could cost Canada’s governing Conservatives critical support in British Columbia, where they will need a strong showing in the 2015 election to secure another majority in Parliament.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have lots to lose in the Pacific Coast province, where they have 21 of its 36 seats in the House of Commons. As well as the seats they hold, they are banking on picking up some of six new seats, in Vancouver’s suburbs and elsewhere, that British Columbia will get for next year’s election.

Jun 18, 2014

Canada approves Enbridge pipeline to West Coast

VANCOUVER/OTTAWA, June 17 (Reuters) – The Canadian
government approved the construction of Enbridge Inc’s
Northern Gateway pipeline on Tuesday, setting the stage for a
barrage of lawsuits and demonstrations by environmental and
aboriginal groups opposed to the project.

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford announced the
decision in a statement that was widely expected. He said
approval of the proposed pipeline, which would link Alberta’s
oil sands with a Pacific port, was contingent on Enbridge
meeting more than 200 conditions set out by a regulatory panel.

Jun 17, 2014

Foes of Canada’s Pacific pipeline vow legal blitz

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Opponents of Enbridge Inc’s proposed Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline are vowing to ramp up their legal challenge to the politically charged project if Canada lives up to expectations and approves its construction.

With a Tuesday deadline looming, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government appears ready to bless the C$7.9 billion ($7.3 billion) project despite fierce resistance from aboriginals and environmental groups.

Jun 12, 2014

Canada builds LNG army for West Coast, may come up short

VANCOUVER, June 12 (Reuters) – The Canadian province of
British Columbia is on the brink of a liquefied natural gas
boom, but a shortfall of thousands of workers is imperiling
billions in investment dollars.

More than a dozen LNG export terminals are being considered
for the Pacific coast province, and analysts expect three to
five will go ahead. They will also need hundreds of miles of
pipeline and thousands of wells, which use the same fracking
technology that has transformed the U.S. natural gas
industry.

May 14, 2014

Canada revamps pipeline safety rules ahead of new projects

VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled new rules on
Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead
of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from
Alberta’s oil sands to coastal ports for export.

The new legislation will give Canada’s energy regulator, the
National Energy Board (NEB), more power to enforce compliance on
safety and the authority to step in to lead spill response if a
company is unwilling or unable to do so.

May 7, 2014

Woodfibre LNG, British Columbia sign deal on natgas export proposal

VANCOUVER, May 7 (Reuters) – Singapore-based Woodfibre LNG
signed a letter of intent on Wednesday with the province of
British Columbia, advancing the company’s goal of making its
first liquified natural gas shipments to Asia by early 2017.

Backed by Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto’s RGE Group,
Woodfibre LNG is an often overlooked front-runner in the race to
build Canada’s first LNG export terminal. The letter of intent
ensures that the company and the province will cooperate on the
proposed project.

May 7, 2014

Enbridge new Gulf Coast capacity seen online in few months

VANCOUVER, May 7 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc ,
Canada’s largest pipeline company, said on Wednesday its
Flanagan South and Seaway expansion projects in the United
States aimed at more than doubling capacity to Gulf Coast
refineries were on track to begin operating in the next few
months.

Enbridge also reported adjusted quarterly earnings fell
slightly but still beat estimates as higher deliveries were
offset by lower tolls and a lack of revenue from Line 9B in
Ontario, which is being reversed.

Apr 24, 2014

Canada to decide in June on proposed Enbridge oil pipeline-minister

VANCOUVER, April 24 (Reuters) – Canada will meet a mid-June
deadline for its final decision on whether to authorize the
construction of Enbridge Inc’s proposed Northern
Gateway crude oil pipeline, a government minister said on
Thursday.

“Of course we’ll meet our deadline, there’s a statutory
deadline that we have to respect,” Minister of Employment and
Social Development Jason Kenney told reporters at an event in
Calgary.

Apr 23, 2014

McDonald’s Canada freezes use of foreign worker plan

VANCOUVER, April 23 (Reuters) – The Canadian unit of
McDonald’s Corp has suspended all of its applications
under the country’s temporary foreign worker program as its
undergoes a third-party audit on its use, the restaurant chain
said on Wednesday.

The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in
media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian
government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign
workers when there are no local residents available.

Apr 22, 2014

Canada aims to ease whale protection as pipeline decision looms

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada has recommended taking humpback whales off the “threatened” species list, two months before the government is due to decide whether to approve a proposed pipeline that would lead to half a million barrels of oil being shipped through their Pacific marine habitat every year.

The Department of the Environment released a document over the Easter holiday that recommends the North Pacific humpback whales should now be labeled a “species of special concern.”

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      "I currently cover mining and minerals out of the Toronto bureau, where I focus on uranium, silver, platinum, lithium and REEs. Prior to moving to the mining sector, I worked as an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile and before that, I freelanced in Eastern Europe and spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands."
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