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Jul 18, 2014

U.S. EPA pushes ahead with plan to block Alaska copper mine

July 18 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators laid out
proposed protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed on
Friday that would effectively block the development of the
Pebble deposit, which could be one of the world’s largest copper

In a 214-page document posted to its website, the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to restrict the
use of certain waters in the region for disposal of dredged or
fill material associated with mining the Pebble deposit.

Jul 8, 2014

Steelhead LNG joins Canada natural gas export race

VANCOUVER, July 8 (Reuters) – A closely held Canadian
company has waded into British Columbia’s crowded liquefied
natural gas (LNG) export fray with a plan to build a $30 billion
terminal on Vancouver Island.

Steelhead LNG said on Tuesday it had applied to Canadian
regulators for permission to export up to 30 million tonnes of
LNG a year for 25 years, joining a list of fourteen companies
vying to build projects in the Pacific Coast province.

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

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

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      "I am based in Vancouver, where I focus on energy, foreign investment and the city's 'west west' housing market. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I primarily covered the Canadian mining industry out of Toronto. Before that I was an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile, where I had the opportunity to visit the Atacama desert and a giant copper mine for stories. Before becoming a journalist, I spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands, where I swam with sea turtles and hiked through sleeping volcanoes."
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