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Canadian Oilpatch Guardedly Optimistic Amid Strong Competition From Booming U.S. Energy Sector

By: Maurice Smith
Published: Daily Oil Bulletin

The Permian Basin is delivering transformational growth for Chevron as it applies advanced technologies and builds drilling efficiencies. Image: Chevron

Amid Trump tax cuts and reduced regulations in the U.S., and robust activity in premium basins like the prolificPermian, Canada’s battered energy sector is looking for some relief. As U.S. output soars to all time record levels, driven by technology partly developed north of the border, Canada risks losing its edge, panelists told the Calgary Energy Roundtable. “No question that Precision [Drilling Corporation] is focusing most of our capital, most of our time, on growth in the U.S. We can pivot quickly, and pivot back here quickly, but for the near future, for 2018 and 2019, maybe even into 2020, until LNG really starts affecting oil and gas services, we expect most of our focus will be on the U.S. and international markets,” said Kevin Neveu, Precision president and CEO. Ian Dundas, presid…

Things are Looking UP

By: Rod Garland

Things are Looking UP
It was somewhere between as much as 2 million years ago and maybe as little as 350,000 years ago that your ancestor and mine may have warmed themselves as they sat around a fire enjoying the delights of a barbequed mammoth steak and possibly staring in hypnotic, wonderment towards the star-filled heavens.
The night sky must have been impressive back then with no pollution from any light source, other than the camp fire, and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to believe that the spectacle was ample replacement for the high definition, wide screen, colour TV that most humans enjoy watching today.
Many anthropologists attribute the ability to cook meals as a major landmark in the acceleration in the growth of the human brain that likely contributed to the unprecedented evolution of our species. Fire and heat were the critical components in our ability to cook the meals, although in recent times I’m thankful for the self-cleaning oven and microwave that…

CEPA key messages: Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

30 AUGUST 2018
Key messages: Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Today the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision on a case involving a series of lawsuits aimed at stopping the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). The nearly two-dozen groups involved in the suit, which included First Nations, environmental groups, and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, asked for the court to overturn the Order in Council approving the project.
Alberta and British Columbia were granted intervenor status on the project, with B.C. supporting the challenge and Alberta not in support.
The Federal Court of Appeal decision can be found here.
These are preliminary, the decision itself is 265 pages and we have not fully studied all implications.
• While it is up to Trans Mountain’s owner to determine what the decision means for the future of TMEP, CEPA is concerned that this decision by the court, combined with ongoing concern about Canada’s compe…

Death by regulation

The writing is on the wall and the numbers are distressing to say the least. Foreign investment is fleeing from Canada and we are becoming an international investment pariah. Sadly, this trend should not surprise anybody as our national regulatory environment for large projects in the energy industry went from onerous to outright obscene. The Trudeau government is obsessed with adding unreasonable requirements for new business ventures and they have pushed things to the tipping point. Private enterprise can no longer do large projects. We are losing billions though lost development and price markdowns due to lack of infrastructure. I spent four years working in the Arctic back in the early 2000s. The area was booming as people trained and looked forward to development of a local industry. There is a massive oil and gas deposit in the Mackenzie Delta that would bring billions if not trillions into Canadian coffers over generations if we could only get the product to market. We spent deca…

Changing the Canadian Resource Story

Today I’d like to introduce you to a new natural resource advocacy program designed for grassroots resource people like us. It’s called ResourcEd Grassroots. It’s brought to us by Steve Simons, Canada's leading authority on the ‘environment versus economy’ division, politicization and positioning that continues to impact natural resource industries.

We’ve all been watching as professional activists dominate the public dialogue on Canadian natural resource development.

I know this has been a point of frustration for many of you. Activists paint a dark picture of our industries that in turn influence public opinion and political decisions. It’s been going on far too long.

Our association continues to look for ways to change the story and provide new ways to advocate for ourselves. Our goal is to change the public dialogue from negative to positive.

I encourage every one o…

Horgan's hypocrisy, Weaver's green energy fantasy hurt all Canadians

By Gwyn Morgan
Contributor: Troy Media
Published: Fort Nelson News

          The political discourse surrounding Canada's oil industry has morphed into a combination of schizophrenia, hypocrisy and fantasy.
       This debilitating countrywide phenomenon is clearly exemplified at both the federal and provincial levels. But it's the recent actions of B.C. Premier John Horgan and his puppet master, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, that earn my nomination for special recognition.
       Horgan wins the political schizophrenia award for filing a court case that would allow the province to stop the export of oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, while simultaneously filing a separate court case aimed at preventing Alberta from reducing the amount of oil shipped through the existing line.
      Alberta Premier Rachel Notley summarized his behaviour succinctly by stating, "They want our oil, but they don't want our oil."
     Then, just two days after the fed…

The Saga of the Three Pipelines test of Ottawa's relevance

By: Gwyn Morgan
Published: Fort Nelson Newspaper

            Canada is endowed with the third largest oil reserves in the world but lack of access to world markets means our oil is sold far below world prices. Each day, this captive market discount hands a $40-million gift to Americans. Adding insult to injury, the discount also drives tens of billions of dollars in Canadian investments to American oilfields.
        Now, after seven years and billions of dollars spent by proponents of three oil export pipelines, hope for revival of Canada's oil industry has come down to one extremely troubled project.
How could this have happened?
        The answer lies in politically-motivated decisions that progressively narrowed those three proposals to what was always the most fraught project. Here is a precis of what I'll call The Saga of the Three Pipelines.
         Enbridge filed regulatory applications for the Northern Gateway pipeline to the north Pacific port of Kitimat in 2010. T…

The Peculiar Case of Fort Nelson

Published: Fort Nelson Newspaper

Streeper gets his message out across the national airwaves and tells Canada what lobby groups are doing to this community
      The Premier of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, when asked if he would turn off the spigot to stop its fuel reaching British Columbia said: "If Alberta is going to turn the taps off the next logical place to come for product is Saskatchewan. This pipeline should be built, it's a federal government decision. Our Nation was built on similar projects, which have strengthened and built Canada. If the province of BC can stop this project the question is: Do we still have a nation?'

     Roy Green, the popular radio host with his own show on Corus Radio Network and syndicated by Global News and described by The Hill newspaper as 'required listening for federal politicians', interviewed Mayor Bill Streeper and Vivian Krause, a researcher who has been exploring the distribution of US funding to First Nations and lobby group…

The Doodlebugs

By: Sharon Stevens
Published: Recorder
Written: 1995

A doodlebugger? What is a doodlebug and where did that name come from? A definitive answer was what I was searching for. But a variety of responses is what I found...
A doodlebug is a southern bug that digs a hole in the ground and stacks the dirt – that's what a doodlebug does is drill a hole and put charges in it and geologists always figured we were never scientific we were just doodlers.
Cecil and Mary Watson
As far as I can recall there used to be a bug that digs a hole in the ground – it would make these little holes and it goes down and kicks up the dirt, and it was called a doodlebug – don't know where or when it started. But when we were here and this idea came up, somebody said, well geophysical people are always digging holes in the ground – Percy Smith ran a seismic service company – he's the one who patented the name Doodlebug with the caricature of a bug.
Ted and Lola Rosza
The word doodlebug came from west T…