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Suncor warns oil cutbacks mandated by Alberta government pose safety, operational risks

Forced Alberta government crude oil production cuts next year will result in "unintended consequences" that could include increased safety hazards for its employees, Suncor Energy Inc. warned Friday.

Despite forced cuts, Calgary oil and gas giant forecasts production will grow 10% in 2019

The Canadian Press · Posted: Dec 14, 2018 8:34 AM MT | Last Updated: an hour ago
Suncor says it expects to have average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019.

Forced Alberta government crude oil production cuts next year will result in "unintended consequences" that could include increased safety hazards for its employees, Suncor Energy Inc. warned Friday.

Despite the cuts that begin Jan. 1, Canada's largest integrated oil and gas company forecasts production will grow by 10 per cent in 2019 on a stand-pat budget of between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion.

Integrated companies like Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. are opposed to the curtailments which are supported by bitumen producers like Cenovus Energy Inc.

The cuts announced by Premier Rachel Notley earlier this month are intended to bring industry output in line with pipeline capacity to drain trapped oil from the western Canadian market and reduce resulting steep discounts for crude oil.

"In the short term, the government of Alberta action has resulted in winners and losers in the market, shutting in valuable upgrading throughput and has made transporting crude oil out of the province by rail uneconomic," Calgary-based Suncor said in a news release.

It added it is co-operating with the government and Alberta Energy Regulator and "working hard" to minimize associated contractor layoffs.

"Suncor has made long-term strategic investments to mitigate risk and create economic value and jobs for Albertans and Canadians," Suncor president Mark Little said in the news release that pointed out the company is largely insulated from low local prices by its Canadian upgrading and refining assets and firm pipeline contracts.

The province said it will order the suspension of 325,000 barrels per day or about 8.7 per cent of overall oil production for about the first three months of 2019 before reducing the cuts for the rest of the year. The cuts only affect producers with more than 10,000 bpd of output, limiting curtailments to about 25 companies, mainly in the oilsands.

Suncor said it will suffer from a "disproportionate allocation" of production cuts, adding it assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 per cent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019.

In an email, Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal refused to release the company's cutback number for competitive reasons as it would reveal too much detail about anticipated first quarter production.

Throttling back production during the coldest months of the year — when it typically operates full out without stopping for maintenance — could increase risks to safety and reliability, the company warned.

"Suncor will not put the safety of our employees and contractors at risk," it stated.

Suncor said the cutbacks will result in higher operating costs per barrel, could affect the supply of crude oil to Alberta upgraders and refineries, may raise issues with its contracted pipeline commitments and could cause problems with the in-house consumption of diesel produced at its oilsands mines.

The company said it is also concerned with how its constraint number will account for an unplanned outage at its 58 per cent owned Syncrude mine and upgrader earlier this year and the gradual ramp up of production at its new 194,000-bpd Fort Hills oilsands mine throughout 2018.

The company said it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day next year, up from about 730,000 boepd in 2018.

Suncor's guidance matched analyst projections, with researchers at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. saying in a note it is "the 'just right' bowl of porridge for an uncertain outlook."


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I guess April 1st came early in Whistler.  However if they are serious, they will quickly initiate horse drawn transportation to their ski site, along with horse powered lifts.  

‎Today, ‎December ‎14, ‎2018, ‏‎9 minutes ago

Mayor of B.C. ski town sends letter to energy companies asking them to pay for effects of climate change

‎Today, ‎December ‎14, ‎2018, ‏‎9 minutes ago | Tyler Dawson

EDMONTON — The mayor of Whistler, B.C., the ski resort town near Vancouver and a major destination for international travellers, has written to 20 international energy companies — including two with bases in Canada — asking for money to compensate for the effects of climate change on the community.

The letter, dated Nov. 15 and signed by Mayor Jack Crompton, requests that the companies “begin taking financial responsibility for the climate-related harm caused in our community by (their) products.”

“We are writing to ask your company to commit to pay a fair share of the costs of climate change being experienced by Whistler. Communities around the world are increasingly expecting you to take responsibility for your products,” says Crompton’s letter. “We look forward to discussing how you will do so.”

The list of companies to which Crompton sent the letter includes Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and the Calgary offices of PetroChina. The other recipients include four Russian companies, including Gazprom, owned by the Russian government, five from the United States, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and companies based in countries like Italy, Brazil and France.

In the copy of the letter addressed to CNRL president Tim McKay, Crompton argues that Whistler, with around 12,000 permanent residents — and a few thousand seasonal workers — will bear a heavy burden as a result of climate change. In 2018, the letter says, the town spent $1.4 million on “wildfire protection” and predicts that climate modelling means less snow will fall on the ski area, harming the main local industry.

CNRL declined the Post’s request for comment, but talk of the letter has bounced around downtown Calgary in recent weeks, eliciting chuckles from those who work in the oil and gas industry. In the energy publication BOE Report, Terry Etam wrote: “Whistler spends heavily to attract tourists from around the world, perhaps you would like to step up and declare your responsibility for, and contribution to, increased CO2 emissions?”

In a statement to the Post — provided in response to a request for an interview with the mayor — Crompton acknowledged that Whistler “benefits greatly from visitors who are able to travel here because of fossil fuels.”

Most visitors to the town — it receives three million annually, the letter says —  motor along the Sea to Sky Highway, which was expanded for the 2010 Winter Games. More than 22,000 cars travel the highway each day, according to the municipality’s transportation report. And Whistler’s 12,000 residents themselves have more than 7,000 registered passenger vehicles.

“Our goal was not to ignore our own role in climate change but to encourage change and action on climate change,” said Crompton’s statement.

Cameron Proctor, the chief operating officer of PrairieSky Royalties, a firm that manages royalty lands, told the Post they were disappointed in the tone of the letter sent to CNRL and, as a result, was no longer going to attend a major investor conference CIBC is putting on in Whistler in January.

“We think that there’s a lot of misinformation energy floating around out there about Canadian energy,” Proctor said. “There’s not a lot a lot we can do today to correct that misinformation … but one thing we can do is vote with our feet and vote with our wallets.”

CNRL spokeswoman Julie Woo confirmed Friday that they’ve backed out as well, but she had no additional comments when asked why they had made that decision. Gibson Energy, as well, told the Post they were no longer going to attend the conference.

In a video posted on Facebook Thursday night, Crompton said the purpose of the letter was to join a call to action on climate change. “I sincerely regret that anyone felt unwelcome,” he said.

West Coast Environmental Law, a firm which has helped draft letters for other municipalities, worked with Whistler on the letter and provided mailing addresses for the energy companies. Andrew Gage, a lawyer with the firm, said the goal was to start a conversation about who ought to pay for the effects of climate change. Other jurisdictions have tried more heavy-handed tactics; San Francisco and Oakland, for example, actually sued oil companies in a high-profile case that a U.S. federal judge dismissed earlier this year. This, Gage said, hasn’t yet happened in Canada, but the firm is hopeful it will.

“We have massively increasing costs that communities are facing due to climate change,” Gage said. “I guess the question is, how are we as taxpayers going to pay for these huge, increasing costs?”

The municipality has not received any responses to its letters.

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Sort of under the heading of do not **bleep** on your own door step.

Oilpatch stays home from B.C. conference after Whistler mayor calls for climate-change compensation

Cenovus is the latest energy company to opt out of a investment conference in Whistler, B.C., after the mayor of that community called on Canadian Natural Resources to help compensate them for the costs of climate change.

CIBC tells clients it is considering the location of its conference held annually in Whistler

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Resort backtracks on energy bill

  • Calgary Herald
  • 15 Dec 2018
  • RYAN RUMBOLT On Twitter: @RCRumbolt

The oil and gas portion of an investors conference in Whistler has been scrapped after the resort town’s mayor demanded fossil fuel companies pay for costs associated with climate change.

Mayor Jack Crompton posted a video apology to Facebook on Thursday after Postmedia reported on his letter to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

“I sincerely regret that anyone felt unwelcome here,” he said. “We recognize there are hundreds of thousands of Canadians who work directly and indirectly in the oil and gas sector and they are very proud of the work they do.”

In the letter, Crompton asked CNRL pay a “fair share” of the town’s “costs of climate change,” including part of a $1.4-million wildfire protection budget.

But the apology hasn’t stopped investors from cancelling their trips to Whistler for the 21st annual CIBC Whistler Institutional Investor Conference in January, and Postmedia has learned CIBC has cancelled the oil and gas sector’s part of the conference.

“The Canadian energy industry has been a global leader of responsible energy development,” CIBC said in a statement. “We are committed to our clients in the energy sector as they play a key role in driving the Canadian economy.”

Crompton acknowledged in his apology how the resort community depends on fossil fuels and said Whistler has “a responsibility to respond to the climate change challenge ourselves, and do it locally.”

In a lengthy response to Crompton, CNRL president Tim McKay said on Thursday that the company shares Whistler’s concerns about reducing greenhouse gas emissions but emphasized how Canadian producers have already taken “meaningful action” against climate change.

“At Canadian Natural, we have invested $3.1 billion since 2009 in (research and development) and technologies to continuously improve our environmental performance and deliver results,” McKay said.

Those improvements include scaling back corporate greenhouse gas “emissions intensity ” by 18 per cent since 2013 and a reduction of 17.9 million tonnes of CO2, “the equivalent of taking 3.8 million cars off the road,” over the last five years, he said.

Calgary-based royalty management company Prairie Sky Royalty Ltd. backed out of the conference before CIBC’s cancellation. Andrew Phillips, president and CEO, said the decision not to attend this year’s event was a direct response to Crompton’s letter.

“We’re just showing support and solidarity for the many producers in Canada that have an exceptional track record of producing some of the world’s most ethical and clean energy,” Phillips said.

Brett Harris with Cenovus energy said the company also planned to stay away from the conference “to take a stand against these nonstop unfounded attacks on our industry.”

Fifteen other B.C. municipalities have sent similar letters to oil and gas producers under an initiative by West Coast Environmental Law.

The firm’s campaign started as a motion to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities during its annual meeting this year, but the motion was defeated.

The West Coast Environmental Law campaign carried on with the letter-writing program to “demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies,” the campaign website reads.

Andrew Gage, a lawyer with the firm, said the goal was to start a conversation about who ought to pay for the effects of climate change.

CNRL was the only Canadian company to receive the Whistler letter, but similar requests for funding from the resort were sent to 19 international producers, including British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and Devon Energy.

“Our intent was to join that call to action,” Crompton said in the Facebook video. “Our aim was never to make anyone feel unwelcome in Whistler.”

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce declined to comment on the impact CIBC’s dropping the oil and gas section of the conference will have on the local business community.

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Regarding the price of Alberta oil, I am scratching my head over everyone complaining that the price of WCS was so low, yet when the NDP government stepped in and said they were taking action, lo and behold, the price triples in just over a week.

Could someone please explain how that isn't manipulation?

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45 minutes ago, deicer said:

Regarding the price of Alberta oil, I am scratching my head over everyone complaining that the price of WCS was so low, yet when the NDP government stepped in and said they were taking action, lo and behold, the price triples in just over a week.

Could someone please explain how that isn't manipulation?

It's supply management. 😀

Re price tripling in a week, not finding that …. where did you find that info? Closest I can find is this article.

Western oil price rally unlikely to last after curtailments begin: expert panel

It's unlikely a dramatic improvement in western Canadian oil prices since Alberta announced forced production curtailments two weeks ago will continue after the cuts begin on Jan. 1, 2019, a panel of experts agreed Thursday.

'I would not expect the differential to stay as low as it was on Tuesday'

The Canadian Press · Posted: Dec 13, 2018 5:13 PM MT | Last Updated: December 14
An expert panel says it's unlikely the dramatic improvement seen in western Canadian oil prices since Alberta announced forced production curtailments two weeks ago will continue after the cuts begin on Jan. 1, 2019. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

It's unlikely a dramatic improvement in western Canadian oil prices since Alberta announced forced production curtailments two weeks ago will continue after the cuts begin on Jan. 1, 2019, a panel of experts agreed Thursday.

The difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices had widened to as much as $52 US a barrel in October before recovering to about $25.50 US on Dec. 3, the day after the announcement by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

The differential tightened to as little as $10.25 US on Tuesday this week and was flat at $12.25 US on Thursday for barrels to be delivered in January, according to Calgary trader Net Energy.

That's actually slightly lower than what analysts consider a normal or typical discount based on transportation costs and the difference in quality between WCS and WTI.

"I expect there's going to be a lot of variance in the short-term over the next couple of months where the price bumps around trying to seek what its natural level should be," said Kent Fellows, research associate in energy and environmental policy at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, after a panel discussion on the topic in downtown Calgary.

"I would not expect the differential to stay as low as it was on Tuesday."

Audience member Gordon Tulk argued that Alberta has surrendered to pipeline opponents by reducing production and will be forced to extend cuts beyond the program's end date because the federal government's Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board will make it impossible to build new pipelines.

"We are surrendering to the federal government and the powers that are pushing the federal government politically," he said later, adding the curtailments amount to the province "kneecapping" its own industry.

"We've now put a ceiling on our production," he said.

But the panellists disagreed, with Trevor Tombe, assistant economics professor at the School of Public Policy, pointing out the province's goal is for a modest $4 US per barrel improvement in 2019 and it has set a firm end date of Dec. 31, 2019, for the curtailment program.

"Curtailing forever makes no sense at all," he said.

"Curtailing to avoid shipping out on expensive transportation modes (like rail or truck) makes sense ... It's better not to ship today and ship tomorrow on a new pipeline."

Current prices in Western Canada are based on speculation about what the market will look like in January and that will change, said Grant Bishop, associate director of research for the C.D. Howe Institute.

He said it's unclear how much of the wide price differentials over the past several months was caused by flaws in the way Canada allocates tight pipeline space, for instance, adding those factors may continue to influence prices even as production falls.

Alberta is depending on the federal government to show more leadership on the pipeline file and clarify what Bill C-69 will look like when implemented, said panellist Marla Orenstein, natural resources director for the Canada West Foundation.

Market access for Alberta crude is expected to improve when Enbridge Inc.'s Line 3 replacement project starts up in late 2019. Two other pipelines, the Trans Mountain expansion and the Keystone XL project, are both in limbo after being stalled by court decisions in Canada and the U.S.

Crude-by-rail shipments reached a record high of 270,000 barrels per day in September. Tombe said predictions that they could grow to as much as 700,000 bpd next year are unlikely now because the production cuts will reduce the need.


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39 minutes ago, deicer said:

Pls select WCS on this chart.

When the chart pops up on the right, it indicates the price for WCS on Nov. 26/18 was $12.38usd, and the price on Dec. 3/18 was $27.95usd.

I see that but wouldn't simple math say the Dec 3 price should have been 37.14 to reflect triple?

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2 minutes ago, deicer said:

My apologies on the math.


No worries but I knew about the site and could not find the triple number so I thought perhaps you had a different site showing that information.  Now when you look at the futures for Jan, there are numbers there close to triple the 12.38 number. 

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On 12/15/2018 at 2:38 PM, Malcolm said:

No worries but I knew about the site and could not find the triple number so I thought perhaps you had a different site showing that information.  Now when you look at the futures for Jan, there are numbers there close to triple the 12.38 number. 

I went back and those were the prices in USD.  If you look at it in CAD, it is three times the price.  That is what I saw.  No big deal, just trying to clear the confusion in my head.

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Seems that the citizens of Quebec do not agree with the politicians. 


Poll says Quebecers like Alberta oil

‎Today, ‎December ‎19, ‎2018, ‏‎1 hour ago | Mike Tarasko

QUEBEC – A new poll out of Quebec shows people there actually want Alberta oil, despite what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

The poll found 66 per cent of respondents would prefer to get oil from western Canada, far ahead of the U.S. (7 per cent), Algeria (3 per cent), Nigeria (1 per cent) and the Middle East (1 per cent).

READ MORE: Pro-oil rally brings large crowd in front of Calgary City Hall

Germain Belzile is the senior associate researcher with the Montreal Economic Institute, which commissioned the poll from Leger.

“There seems to be a disconnect between the political-class and the ordinary citizen,” said Belzile. “Not very different from the results we got last year and the year before, people like oil from western Canada and they prefer it from oil from somewhere else,” he said.

On top of the desire to get oil from western Canada, the majority of decided respondents in the poll said pipelines are the safest method of transporting oil.

That’s despite the fact just days ago Trudeau said there is no desire for a pipeline through Quebec.

READ MORE: Quebecers criticize western oil but buying more gasoline, SUVs, bigger homes: report

Quebecers also have an appetite for developing their own oil resources, with more than half saying they’d prefer that over bringing it in from anywhere.

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The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) commissioned Leger to poll Quebecers on their opinions regarding various energy-related issues.

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Media release:
Poll: Quebecers prefer oil from Western Canada

Montreal, December 19, 2018 – In the wake of the Quebec Premier’s recent statements about Alberta oil, which have sown discontent in Western Canada, a Leger poll conducted for the MEI and released today shows that a large majority of Quebecers prefer to get oil from Western Canada than from anywhere else in the world.

Indeed, 66% of respondents favoured Western Canadian oil, versus just 7% who preferred to import oil from the United States, followed by Algeria (3%), Nigeria (1%), and the countries of the Middle East (1%).

“Interestingly for the new Quebec government and its leader, among respondents who identify as CAQ supporters, 79% prefer oil from western Canada,” notes Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI.

Other highlights:

  • 53% of respondents would rather Quebec develop its own oil resources than continue to import the oil it consumes.

“Obviously, Quebecers’ opinions regarding the development and the provenance of oil are very different from what is often heard from certain interest groups and from a portion of the political elite,” points out Germain Belzile.

  • According to 45% of Quebecers, pipelines remain the safest means of transporting oil, far ahead of the other options (14% for tanker trucks, 13% for trains, and 9% for boats).

“Clearly, Quebecers know that there is less risk involved in pipeline transport than in the other common modes of transport. This is as true for Montrealers as it is for people living in rural regions,” says Mr. Belzile.

Over the years, in poll after poll, Quebecers remain just as much in favour of oil and its development.

“Given that both the demand for and the consumption of oil continue to rise, that oil currently accounts for 40% of the primary energy used in Quebec, and that the development of hydrocarbons would therefore be profitable for Quebec, what are we waiting for to change our public policies?” asks Mr. Belzile.

“It’s high time to start weaning the Quebec government off of its dependence on equalization payments by listening to Quebecers and by developing our own resources. The economic situation in Alberta makes it more pressing than ever to let Western Canadian oil pass through our territory, especially given that this oil is highly valued by Quebecers,” concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI.

The online poll was conducted November 9-12, 2018 with a representative sample of 1,005 Quebecers aged 18 years and older. The margin of error is around + or – 3.1%.

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The MEI is an independent public policy think tank. Through its publications and media appearances, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing reforms based on market principles and entrepreneurship.


Interview requests: Pascale Déry, Vice President, Communications and Development, MEI. Tel.: 514-273-0969 ext. 2233 / Cell: 514-502-6757 / E-mail:



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All I want for Christmas is a new pipeline


  • Calgary Herald
  • 24 Dec 2018

As Christmas gifts go, it isn’t what you dreamed of finding under the tree as a child.

But in Alberta the best present all of us with a modicum of common sense are hoping for is the construction of a new pipeline. Glory be, if we announced that to those assorted billions living elsewhere on our planet we’d undoubtedly be branded the most boring bunch of hicks imaginable, even by our dull Canadian standards.

“Come on: really? A pipeline, for heaven’s sake? Like one of those big, long steel tube thingies that go in the ground? And that’s it? That’s your dream?”

Yep, you have to agree it isn’t exactly “give me liberty or give me death” in the heart pumping, cry-from-the-heart rhetoric stakes now, is it?

But thanks to the inaction and duplicity of various levels of government, the deliberate poisoning of minds by well-funded special interest groups, and the sheer, overwhelming ignorance and hypocrisy of too many fellow Canadians, we are indeed wishing upon some strange star to see construction underway on just such an engineering project. West, south, east or north, hey, we’ll take it.

Actually, the well-orchestrated campaign against our pipelines by organizations such as the Tides Foundation environmental bunch, partly funded by the Rockefeller family (don’t you wish they’d take their collective family guilt elsewhere?), are more deserving of grudging respect.

Their purpose is simple and clear and they’ve gone about it with hard-nosed precision allied to some very deep pockets. The goal has nothing to do with boring pipelines, of course, but everything to do with shuttering the entire heavy oil industry of Alberta.

To that end, finding and funding some wellmeaning dupes to stand in front of the occasional earth mover and sing “We shall overcome,” like their great aunt once did on Max Yasgur’s muddy farm half a century ago, is a simple but effective tactic, especially if you can also hitch your star to some aggrieved Indigenous group and take a free ride on the cultural guilt trip.

No, the ones that really frustrate and annoy Calgarians are those blithely taking the huge benefits the energy business brings to Canada and yet contentedly wallow in some weird moral superiority by condemning that very same industry.

Now for our own teenagers that’s fine. We love them and we were once there ourselves. They want to rebel but are aghast if mom doesn’t have supper on the table.

But the premier of Quebec is way beyond his teenage years.

It was Francois Legault who said there was no acceptance in his province for what he called a dirty oil pipeline from Alberta. Somehow he thinks Quebecers are immune from the desires that drive so many other Canadians.

Well, he’s wrong as a recent survey shows the province’s citizens slurping up record amounts of gas while buying more monster SUVs and bigger homes. Yep, while being green is nice, spending the green is even better and Quebecers are among the heaviest users of energy on the planet. Actually, the people of Quebec are a lot smarter than their politicians (another thing the citizens of la belle province have in common with those in Wild Rose land).

Last week, a poll showed a vast majority would prefer oil coming from Western Canada than arriving by tankers from those dubious centres of emancipation and environmental stewardship, such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Algeria, as it does today.

See, there’s hope. It’s just buried under an avalanche of misinformation, political gamesmanship and hypocrisy.

In the end, Alberta will overcome, not some fair-weather protester who will one day buy a truck and, while filling it with 100 litres, will grumble about high taxes.

Still, right now we could do with a helping hand. So remember, you’re never too grown up to search the skies tonight. And, if indeed you spot something, then you know what to wish for. Merry Christmas.

There’s hope ... buried under an avalanche of misinformation ... and hypocrisy.

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Another message for companies investing in Canada....and the irony of the Canada’s environmental rules...

Near Kingston, Ontario lies Amherst Island ... a renowned sanctuary for owls and other birds....

but despite the protests of residents and environmentalists...26 wind turbines have been erected.

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A small piece of energy refining.

Heaviest load in Alberta highway history crawls through Edmonton area

The Alberta government calls the 820-tonne, 96-metre-long piece of petrochemical development equipment the “heaviest load ever to travel on Alberta’s highway network."

Equipment length of a football field being transported from south Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan

CBC News · Posted: Jan 06, 2019 7:33 PM MT | Last Updated: 4 hours ago
The 800,000-kilogram splitter is being transported from an industrial yard in the city's south side, where it was built, to Inter Pipeline's Heartland Petrochemical Complex near Fort Saskatchewan. (Inter Pipeline)


A massive piece of equipment — the size of a CFL football field and the heaviest ever to move on an Alberta highway — is slowly creeping its way toward Fort Saskatchewan.

The huge piece of equipment will crawl through the capital region over the next four days, and its journey north is expected to cause headaches for commuters on city streets and area highways.

The splitter is being transported from an industrial yard in the city's south side where it was built, to Inter Pipeline's $3.5 billion petrochemical development project, the Heartland Petrochemical Complex near Fort Saskatchewan.

The rig began its four-day crawl Sunday night. Around 8 a.m. Monday, the rig was spotted on Highway 14 at a staging area on the east side of Highway 21. 

splitter-from-dacro-industries.jpg Third from right, Transportation Minister Brian Mason stands between representatives from Dacro Industries and Inter Pipeline, a petroleum transportation company. (Government of Alberta)


The Alberta government calls the propylene-propane splitter, equipment for petrochemical industry, the "heaviest load ever to travel on Alberta's highway network." 

The "historic super load" is six times as large as Caterpillar's largest mining truck used in the oilsands, the government said.

The 800,000-kilogram piece of equipment is 96 metres long, Inter Pipeline said in a news release Sunday. 


The splitter separates propylene from propane, which is then processed into a recyclable plastic known as polypropylene. 


It will be moving slower than the speed limit and may be pulled over periodically, the government said.



The load will use the entire width of a two-lane highway, including the shoulder.


At its largest configuration, including all vehicles, the load is 179 metres long, 9.5 metres wide and 13 metres high.


The splitter will take the following route: 

  • Exit Dacro Industries yard, west of 93th Street to 51st Avenue.
  • East on 51st Avenue to Roper Road, continuing east to 75th Street.
  • South on 75th Street to 51th Avenue.
  • East on 51st Avenue to 50th Street at Whitemud Drive, westbound off ramp.
  • Whitemud Drive east to Anthony Henday Drive southbound.
  • Southbound on Anthony Henday Drive to Highway 14.
  • East on Highway 14 to staging area on the east side of Highway 21 and the south side of Highway 14.
  • East on Highway 14 to Range Road 190.
  • North on Range Road 190 to Township Road 510.
  • East on Township Road 510 to Highway 834.
  • North on Highway 834 to Highway 15.
  • West on Highway 15 to Lamont.
  • Continue west on Highway 15 to Range Road 220.
  • Head north on Range Road 220 to site, north of Fort Saskatchewan.

Once installed later this year, the tower will be taller than the ski jump used at Canada Olympic Park in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Inter Pipeline said. 

Once complete in late 2021, the Heartland Petrochemical Complex is scheduled to be Canada's first integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene facility.

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Seems like just yesterday we were told we would be running of out oil  ( and yet today.

Another very large find.

BP Oil rig
Sean Gardner | Reuters
BP Oil rig

BP's investment in next-generation technology just paid off to the tune of a billion barrels of oil.


BP now expects its fossil fuel output from the region to reach 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by the middle of the next decade. Today, it produces about 300,000 boepd, up from less than 200,000 boepd about five years ago.

On Tuesday, the company said it will spend $1.3 billion to develop a third phase of its Atlantis field off the coast of New Orleans. Scheduled to start production in 2020, the eight new wells will add 38,000 bpd to BP's production at Atlantis. The decision comes after BP found another 400 million barrels of oil at the field.

BP made the massive 1 billion-barrel discovery at its Thunder Horse field off the tip of Louisiana.


Executives are crediting their investment in advanced seismic technology and data processing for speeding up the company's ability to confirm the discoveries at Atlantis and Thunder Horse. BP says it once would have taken a year to analyze the Thunder Horse data, but it now takes just weeks.

"We are building on our world-class position, upgrading the resources at our fields through technology, productivity and exploration success," Bernard Looney, BP's chief executive for production and exploration, said in a statement.

Just northeast of Thunder Horse, BP also announced new discoveries at fields near its Na Kika platform.

BP says it plans to develop reservoirs at its Manuel prospect, where Shell holds a 50 percent stake. Producers also found oil at the Nearly Headless Nick prospect near Na Kika, where BP has a 20.25 percent working interest.

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The misleading headline says the usual misleading BS.  To be accurate it should have said, a mere handful of the millions of Canadians support.... etc.

Protesters across Canada support Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camps

  . 100 in YOW, smaller numbers elsewhere and of course in YYC the protestors were way outnumbers by those supporting the LNG pipeline. 

Around 100 people gather on Parliament Hill, protesting RCMP's intervention

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The Site C Dam.

January 14, 2019 2:01 pm

UN panel warns Canada that Site C dam project may violate international agreements

By Staff The Canadian Press

A United Nations committee on eliminating discrimination is warning Canada that continued construction of the Site C hydro dam in British Columbia may violate international agreements.

In a letter to Canada’s ambassador to the UN, the anti-discrimination committee says continuing work on the dam goes against the right to free and informed consent from local Indigenous people.

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The letter says Canada’s own research suggests the contested dam will cause permanent and irreversible damage to the traditional lands of First Nations.

It adds that continuing with the work will violate a 50-year treaty on fighting discrimination, which Canada has signed with 88 other countries.

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Many say Site C will continue the damage to the Peace River watershed begun by the Bennett Dam, which is often blamed for major disruption to water levels across the river delta in Alberta.

B.C. Hydro says the dam, which is currenlty under construction in the northeast, is crucial to the province’s energy future.

You have to wonder why Alberta is not joining the protest. The River does flow out of BC into Albert and the dam will def. change the water flow and of course likely have a negative effect on the wild life etc. and of course if BC can stop our pipeline due to environmental concerns etc then Alberta should have the same rights re the Site C Dam.

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"B.C. Hydro says the dam, which is currenlty under construction in the northeast, is crucial to the province’s energy future."

Of course the dam is 'crucial', just like the one before it and those that will follow.

At the current rate of population growth hydro electric development will never keep up with demand meaning nukes will probably be necessary too.








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