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Jun 11, 2013

Encana names former BP executive as CEO

CALGARY, Alberta, June 11 (Reuters) – Encana Corp
named former BP Plc executive Doug Suttles as its new
president and chief executive on Tuesday as Canada’s largest
natural-gas producer searches for a new course following years
of strategic missteps.

Suttles, a nearly three-decade veteran of the oil and gas
sector, is taking the reins from interim CEO Clayton Woitas, a
board member who replaced former CEO Randy Eresman temporarily
when Eresman left the company unexpectedly in early January.
Suttles was also named an Encana director.

Jun 5, 2013

Penn West names new CEO, sets dividend cut and layoffs

TORONTO/CALGARY, June 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s Penn West
Petroleum Ltd named a former Marathon Oil Corp
executive as CEO and said it would slash its dividend, cut 10
percent of its staff and review strategic options such as asset
sales and joint ventures.

The Calgary-based oil and gas producer said late on Tuesday
that it had appointed former Marathon Chief Operating Officer
David Roberts as president and chief executive officer,
effective June 19. He replaces Murray Nunns, who will retire
from the company on July 1.

May 31, 2013

British Columbia rejects Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

CALGARY, Alberta, May 31 (Reuters) – The government of
British Columbia said on Friday it cannot support construction
of Enbridge Inc’s C$6 billion ($5.8 billion) Northern Gateway
pipeline project because it believes the company has not
adequately spelled out how it would respond to oil spills from
the line.

In its final written submission to the Joint Review Panel
charged with recommending whether the project should proceed,
the province’s Liberal government said Enbridge’s response plans
for land and marine spills from the line which will carry
525,000 barrels of oil sands crude from Alberta to the port of
Kitimat, have not yet been firmed up.

May 15, 2013

Liberal win in Canada’s British Columbia may raise pipeline odds

CALGARY, Alberta, May 15 (Reuters) – The surprise
re-election of the ruling Liberal party in the Canadian province
of British Columbia might give a boost to energy industry plans
to build oil pipelines to Canada’s Pacific coast, lines the
Liberals’ opponents had pledged to block.

Although polls had widely forecast a resounding victory for
the left-leading New Democratic Party after 12 years of Liberal
rule, voters returned the government of Premier Christy Clark to
power with a strengthened majority, although Clark lost her own
seat to an NDP challenger.

May 8, 2013

Enbridge concedes pipeline expansion plans may face opposition

By Scott Haggett and Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay

(Reuters) – Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Canada’s largest pipeline company, said on Wednesday it is still hoping for speedy regulatory approval for a planned expansion of an oil pipeline to the United States despite the prolonged delays faced by the rival Keystone XL line.

The company, which said its first-quarter operating profit rose nearly a third, is seeking an amended presidential permit for its plan to double the size of its 400,000 barrel per day Alberta Clipper pipeline, which takes oil sands crude from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin.

Apr 30, 2013

Suncor shares jump 5 pct on dividend hike, earnings beat

CALGARY, Alberta, April 30 (Reuters) – Shares of Suncor
Energy Inc jumped nearly 5 percent on Tuesday after
Canada’s largest oil and gas producer took steps to increase
returns to shareholders and reported first-quarter earnings that
surpassed expectations.

Suncor said late on Monday it would raise its quarterly
dividend 54 percent to 20 Canadian cents per share from 13 cents
and launch its repurchase plan to buy back C$2 billion ($1.97
billion) of its own shares, which will run from May 2 until
September 19.

Apr 26, 2013

TransCanada sees Keystone XL delayed till second-half 2015

CALGARY, Alberta, April 26 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp
, Canada’s No. 2 pipeline company, said on Friday its
long wait for U.S. government approval of its controversial
Keystone XL project will further delay completion of the
pipeline and push its cost above the company’s $5.3 billion

TransCanada, which reported a 27 percent rise in
first-quarter profit on Friday, is waiting for the Obama
administration to issue a presidential permit for construction
of the line, which is designed to carry 830,000 barrels a day of
Canadian and U.S. crude oil to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico

Apr 24, 2013

Cenovus says asset sale delayed by weak markets

CALGARY, Alberta, April 24 (Reuters) – Cenovus Energy
, Canada’s No. 2 independent oil producer, said on
Wednesday that the sale of some of its Saskatchewan oil
properties put on the block earlier this year has been delayed
by a “down draft” in the country’s capital markets.

Cenovus, whose first-quarter operating profit topped
expectation with a 15 percent rise, said the smaller companies
that are the likely buyers for its Saskatchewan Bakken and Lower
Shaunavon assets are finding it difficult to find money to
finance the purchase.

Apr 9, 2013

Agrium sweeps proxy vote, Jana cries foul

CALGARY, Alberta, April 9 (Reuters) – Canadian fertilizer
company Agrium Inc said on Tuesday its entire slate of
directors had been elected to its board, defeating a rival slate
nominated by dissident U.S. shareholder Jana Partners.

Jana, the hedge fund that is Agrium’s biggest single
shareholder, said the vote was tainted and should be
investigated. Agrium said the result was “fair and square”.

Apr 4, 2013

CP Rail says 400 barrels of oil spilled in Ontario, not four

April 4 (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
raised its estimate of the amount of oil spilled in a derailment
in northern Ontario a hundred-fold on Thursday, and said 400
barrels (16,800 gallons) had leaked from two tanker cars, up
from its initial estimate of four barrels.

CP Rail spokesman Ed Greenberg said the size of Wednesday’s
spill, the company’s second in a week, was not evident when
crews first arrived at the remote site of the derailment near
White River, Ontario, about 700 kilometers (400 miles) northeast
of Toronto.

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