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CCEMC Makes $50 Million In Funding Available To Support Cleaner Fossil Fuel Production And Processing
May 16, 2013
Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is offering up to a total of $50 million in funding for projects that can reduce emissions from fossil fuel production and processing.
CNRL To Build Revolutionary GHG-Reducing Biorefinery
May 10, 2013
Canadian Natural Resources Limited and its partners today announced a pilot project for a technology it says has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 to more than 30 per cent across its operations, and can be applied at other industries worldwide.
Investing in environmental sustainability through technology funds and developing strong systems of monitoring environmental improvements are both means of attaining improved social licence and social responsibility for oilsands development, an oil conference heard Tuesday.
Online Oilsands Monitoring Portal Now Available
April 22, 2013
Access to federal and provincial environmental monitoring data on air, water, land and biodiversity in the oilsands is now available through an online data portal (www.JointOilSandsMonitoring.ca).
Keystone Rejection Would Have Little Effect On Reducing GHG Emissions In U.S, State Department Told
April 19, 2013
The life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Canadian oilsands are similar to those from sources of crude that would likely be used in the absence of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, says IHS.
A successful Keystone XL would result in 181 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year if built, far exceeding the U.S. State Department's findings regarding the proposed project, suggests a coalition of environmental organizations' report released this week.
CPAWS Asks Senate To Tighten Sable Island Bill
April 18, 2013
A senate bill that would make Sable Island a national park has easily won support from environmentalists, but one group wants the bill tightened up to prevent any oil and gas activity, including drilling on or beneath the isolated island, Canada's senate heard this week.
Hydrocarbons are key components to Quebec's daily energy needs and the province should recognize that when considering any new energy policies, says the author of a study by a new Montreal think tank.
A potential $40 per tonne carbon tax targeting a 40 per cent reduction in emissions per bbl could have a material impact on the net present value of some greenfield SAGD oilsands projects, says FirstEnergy Capital LLP.
If Canada is going to move towards a low-carbon energy future, the big question is how the country's vast oil and gas resources will be developed with far fewer emissions.
Pembina Report Calls For Ottawa To Boost GHG Emissions Price If It Follows Alberta Model
April 4, 2013
If the federal government is to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target while maintaining its preferred sector-by-sector regulation, it must set policies to reduce oil and gas sector emissions by 42 per cent from projected 2020 figures, says the Pembina Institute.
Biox And Shell Canada Sign Supply Agreement For Biodiesel
March 28, 2013
A supply agreement to send biodiesel to Shell Canada Limited by an inter-terminal pipeline from BIOX Corporation will help Shell Canada achieve its renewable fuels target.
Released Suncor Water Flows To River
March 27, 2013
Suncor Energy Inc. says it has determined that some process-affected water from its oilsands base plant north of Fort McMurray (DOB, March 26, 2013) flowed out of the partially frozen pond and into a regulator-approved discharge point on the Athabasca River.
Suncor Accidentally Releases Waste Water
March 26, 2013
Process-affected water was released from an outfall pond at a Suncor Energy Inc. facility near Fort McMurray Monday and samples have been rushed to a lab for analysis.
The most effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is to impose a carbon tax, according to a University of Calgary School of Public Policy report released this week.
German Environmentalists Press For Halt To Oilsands Research
March 21, 2013
The oilsands research component in a partnership between the University of Alberta and The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative, is in jeopardy.
CAPP Members Recognized For Responsible Energy Development
March 21, 2013
Encana Corporation has received the President's Award in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers' 2013 Responsible Canadian Energy (RCE) awards announced at a dinner Wednesday.
'Social License' A Growing Concern: Consultants
March 14, 2013
The "social license" to operate was the focus for oil and gas executives attending a morning session of the Canadian Energy Research Institute's 2013 Natural Gas Conference in Calgary, earlier this week.
Alberta Environment Recognizes End-Pit Lake Guidelines
March 14, 2013
The government of Alberta's response to an oilsands multi-stakeholder group's recommendations on how to construct end-pit lakes (EPLs) -- a proposed oilsands tailings pond reclamation method -- is to urge operators to at least read the document.
Synodon Inc. has completed the previously announced Arctic survey project for Natural Resources Canada.
Newalta Corporation has signed a contract with Shell Canada Limited to process mature fine tailings (MFT) at the company's Jackpine Mine near Fort McMurray.
Public Confused By Environmentalists' Take On Resource Development, Says Policy Expert
March 5, 2013
Government involvement in energy markets is not always harmful but that's often the case, says an expert on energy and environmental policy from the Fraser Institute.
Alberta Could Take Carbon Policy Lessons From Other Jurisdictions, Says Pembina Institute
March 5, 2013
There is a "big gap" between Alberta's current carbon-management policy and what the province and country must do to reduce emissions and improve Canada's international environmental reputation, says the Pembina Institute in a new report.
B.C. Reviewing Marine Spill Response Preparedness
March 1, 2013
The B.C. Ministry of Environment is contracting Alaska-based Nuka Research and Planning Group to review, evaluate and prepare a report on the current marine oil spill prevention, preparedness and response regime for coastal British Columbia to identify changes needed to support a world-class system.
350.org Recommends Against Expansion Of Oilsands
February 26, 2013
Oilsands development is not conducive to stopping climate change, says a group of environmental scientists, who suggest if the Canadian government is serious about reducing its carbon footprint to levels that will prevent unacceptable global warming, then projects allowing for oilsands expansion, including the Keystone XL pipeline, cannot take place.