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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.

Mar 26, 2013

Water escapes Suncor oil sands pond into Athabasca River

CALGARY, Alberta, March 26 (Reuters) – Contaminated water
may have spilled into the Athabasca River from a broken pipe at
Suncor Energy Inc’s oil sands project in northern
Alberta, sparking new fears about pollution of the river from
the massive oil sands developments along its banks.

The Athabasca is the main source of drinking water for
aboriginal and other communities downstream and has been the
subject of several controversial reports on its water quality.

Mar 7, 2013

Canadian Natural mulls shale-gas property sale or partnership

By Scott Haggett

(Reuters) – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Canada’s largest oil producer, said on Thursday it may sell part of its massive British Columbia shale-gas holdings or find a partner to develop the property.

The company, which on Thursday reported a 58 percent drop in fourth quarter profit, said it will look for a buyer or find a partner with liquefied natural gas expertise for 250,000 acres of land it holds in the prolific Montney shale gas field in northeastern British Columbia, about a fourth of all its property in the region.

Mar 6, 2013

Canada’s Talisman Energy forecasts lower output, spending in 2013

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Talisman Energy Inc (TLM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday it will cut spending this year by a fourth, lower production and sell some of its Canadian shale-gas properties, as Canada’s No.6 independent oil producer looks to reduce debt and boost its shares.

The company said it would focus its global operations on its activities in North America, Colombia and Asia, which account for 90 percent of its output, and sell or find joint-venture partners for $2 billion to $3 billion of its assets over the next 18 months.

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