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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

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

“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

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.”

Apr 21, 2014

Keystone backers keep their faith in embattled pipeline plan

CALGARY/VANCOUVER April 21 (Reuters) – Six years after
applying to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada’s frustrated
oil industry appears steadfast in its support of the plan even
though Washington has again delayed a decision on whether to
approve the politically charged project.

The reason is simple: A massive new pipeline to the U.S. Gulf
Coast remains the most elegant solution for producers looking to
export burgeoning supplies of crude from Canada’s oil sands to
the United States. TransCanada Corp’s $5.4 billion
pipeline would seamlessly pump enough crude from Alberta to
Texas to meet 4 percent of total U.S. demand.

Apr 21, 2014

Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline

KITIMAT, British Columbia, April 21 (Reuters) – Just a few
miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a
massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline,
Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession
from the company could win his support for the project.

Amos, the former chief of the Haisla Nation on the northern
coast of British Columbia and a community leader, has argued for
years that the risk – no matter how small – of an oil spill in
these waters outweighs any reward the controversial project
might offer.

Apr 14, 2014

Emboldened Canada pipeline opponents push for referendum

VANCOUVER/CALGARY, April 14 (Reuters) – Opponents of
Canada’s Northern Gateway pipeline, bolstered by a coastal
town’s vote against the project, said on Monday they will now
push harder for a provincial referendum they hope would kill
Enbridge Inc’s plan to move oil sands crude to Asian

Residents of Kitimat, located in British Columbia’s remote
northwest, voted against the proposed project on Saturday, with
58.4 percent of residents opposed in the non-binding poll. The
small town is where the terminal facilities for the C$7.9
billion ($7.21 billion) pipeline would be built.

Apr 13, 2014

Canadian town says ‘no’ to Enbridge pipeline in vote

KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) – Residents of the British Columbia town of Kitimat voted against the Northern Gateway pipeline project in a blow to Enbridge Inc’s efforts to expedite the flow of crude from Canada’s landlocked oil sands to high-paying markets in Asia.

The final tally, which came after a month of election-style campaigning in the small town where the pipeline terminal would be built, was more decisive than expected, with 58.4 percent of residents voting “no” and 41.6 percent “yes”.

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