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Firefighters from US, South Africa to arrive in Alberta


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Officials say about 1,000 additional fire crews from across Canada, the United States and South Africa will be joining the fight this week against a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray. Alberta wildlife official Chad Morrison said Tuesday the blaze continues to move northeast away from communities and oil sands facilities in northern Alberta. He says cooler ...

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Minnesota regulators to make some key pipeline decisions

Enbridge pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meets Thursday to make some important decisions on how it will proceed with Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota across Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The decisions will also affect Enbridge’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to ...

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Canada says oil pipeline reviews proceed despite process revision

OTTAWA – Canada’s environmental review of existing applications for crude oil pipeline projects is continuing despite the new Liberal government’s plans to make the assessment process more robust, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said on Wednesday. “They have not stopped. The process continues,” he told reporters on a conference call. “There will be a transition as we amend the ways ...

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TransCanada announces new layoffs as crude slump persists

CALGARY, Alberta – Pipeline company TransCanada Corp has announced new job cuts, as slumping oil prices continue to take their toll on its customers, a spokesman said on Wednesday. TransCanada and other energy companies based in the oil-rich Western Canadian province of Alberta have been hammered with thousands of layoffs in recent months due to the slumping global prices. TransCanada, ...

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Canada’s Alberta pledges to do more to price carbon and reduce emissions

CALGARY – Canada’s oil-rich western Canadian province of Alberta said its recent decision to double its price on carbon emissions was only a first step in its efforts to tackle climate change, Premier Rachel Notley said on Thursday. Notley said her left-leaning New Democratic government, which ended 44 years of Conservative rule in a May election, would introduce details of ...

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Shell halts construction on new Alberta oil sands project

CALGARY, Alberta – Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not continue construction of its 80,000 barrel per day Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in northern Alberta because of the lack of infrastructure to move Canadian crude to market, the company said on Tuesday. Shell said the decision to halt the project was also the result of “current uncertainties” and chief ...

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Canada’s Alberta reaches out to industry for economic advice

CALGARY, Alberta – Alberta’s left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government said on Wednesday it was reaching out to prominent energy and other industry executives for advice to revamp the western Canadian province’s struggling economy. Alberta, home to Canada’s oil sands and the largest source of U.S. crude imports, has been hammered by tumbling global oil prices over the past 12 ...

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Aggreko acquires ICS Group

Aggreko, an energy company specializing in “modular, mobile power and related solutions” announced its acquisition of Canadian rental company ICS Group, Inc. Wednesday. The agreement entitles Aggreko to all ICS and ICS-related assets. Established in 1999, Alberta-based ICS specializes in temporary heating, concrete cure and ground thaw solutions for industries such as oil and gas, industrial, and restoration. In a ...

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Nexen expects Long Lake oil sands shutdown to take two weeks

CALGARY – Nexen Energy, the Canadian subsidiary of Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd, is shutting down its Long Lake oil sands operations in northern Alberta in response to an emergency regulatory order, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Nexen estimated the shutdown process would take up to two weeks as it suspends pipeline operations and attempts to demonstrate to the Alberta ...

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Work at site of Nexen spill done on tight schedule – engineering firm

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta – Infrastructure at the site in northern Alberta of one of the biggest oil-related pipeline spills ever on North American soil was installed on a “tight schedule,” according to the firm that developed some of the pipeline’s safety technology. The engineering firm, French-based ITP Interpipe, said in a June 2014 presentation to the Society of Petroleum Engineers ...

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