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Getting gassed

Utilities in Ontario and Quebec are worried gas consumers will suffer if Energy East goes ahead

Read more...Eastern Canadian natural gas utilities that are opposing TransCanada Corporation's planned conversion of its natural gas mainline to instead carry oilsands and other crudes to eastern Canadian refiners and to export markets are misleading the public when they claim gas consumers in Ontario and Quebec are being unfairly treated by the pipeline giant, says one of Canada's top gas industry consultants.

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They'll be back

Chinese SOE activity may have cooled, but that likely won't last

Read more...Consider the record.

In 2010, Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) Sinopec paid US$4.65 billion for nine per cent of Syncrude. A year later, it bought Calgary oil producer Daylight Energy Ltd. in a C$2.1-billion deal. Then another Chinese SOE, PetroChina, bought Athabasca Oil Sands' MacKay River project for $1.18 billion.

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Ground game

CAPP hires a politician to better engage grassroots support for oil and gas development

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It's a sign of the times that the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) hired a professional politician for its top job. After all, it's politics that is at the root of six years of approval delays for the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

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Showdown

Read more...Are smaller Canadian LNG projects ready to take on the supermajors?

Three decades ago, Glen Perry was in the place that many of the current Canadian LNG proponents are today: trying to do a deal.

It was the early 1980s, and Perry and the rest of the team at Dome Petroleum were negotiating with Japanese natural gas and electric utilities. The latter's representatives had spread out across the world in search of lower-cost LNG.

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Cold shoulder

Despite strength earlier this year, Canada's producers now feeling little love from investors

Read more...As the warm evenings of summer wax into the cooler nights of autumn, many of us do what comes natural—we close the window. Sometimes we can hold off a bit if we get a particularly nice Indian summer, but for the most part, by the time Halloween rolls around, we've got the window open just a crack for fresh air.

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Relationships 101

Two CEOs find dramatically different—but equally successful—paths to robust CSR programs

Read more...Despite growing public scrutiny, the business case behind corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives isn't obvious to everyone in the oilpatch. Historically, the world of CSR—with its intricate regulatory obligations and social license expectations—has belonged to producers. But as producers look to their supply chains to support and strengthen their CSR efforts, more service companies are finding their own opportunities to create economic and social value in the communities in which they operate.

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Connecting with communities

Calgary's oil and gas producers are actively supporting grassroots learning and wellness initiatives

Read more...Perhaps community investment can be likened to a bridge—the architectural marvel that spans water, linking two places, and serving as a connector, creating and building community and promoting growth, partnership and exchange on both sides.

And often the connections evolve organically, a symbiosis of sorts, their grass-root genesis bubbling to the surface creating excitement and solutions on all levels.

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