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Trump team issues permit for long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline

Omaha World-Herald

March 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the conclusion of the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate that became a proxy battle over global warming. It marks one of the biggest steps taken to date by the Trump administration to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns.

The 1,700-mile pipeline, as envisioned, would carry oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Federal transport minister lauds Port Alberta concept

Edmonton Journal

July 9, 2015

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt gave a thumbs up Thursday to the concept of Port Alberta, a transportation and shipping hub, planned for the Edmonton International Airport.Edmonton’s Port Alberta transportation hub concept received glowing praise Thursday from federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt.

“The concept and the idea of having an inland port really is gathering steam in the rest of Canada,” Raitt said during a speech in Edmonton hosted by the Alberta Enterprise Group.

Port Alberta, promoted by the Edmonton International Airport and Edmonton Economic Development Corp., sees Edmonton as a major warehousing, logistics, air, road and rail distribution hub.   Read on…


In prosperous oil patch, drillers turn to water recycling to address drought, waste challenges

"This was a dramatic change to the practices that the industry used for many, many years," said Paul Schlosberg, co-founder and chief financial officer of Water Rescue Services, the company that runs recycling services for Fasken Oil and Ranch in West Texas, which is now 90 per cent toward its goal of not using any freshwater for fracturing, or "fracking," as it is commonly known.

Click here for complete article > Calgary Herald

November 11, 2013

When the rain stopped falling in Texas, the prairie grass yellowed, the soil cracked and oil drillers were confronted with a crisis. After years of easy access to cheap, plentiful water, the land they prized for its vast petroleum wealth was starting to dry up.

At first, the drought that took hold a few years ago seemed to threaten the economic boom that arose from hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that uses huge amounts of high-pressure, chemical-laced water to free oil and natural gas trapped deep in underground rocks. But drillers have found a way to get by with much less water: They recycle it using systems that not long ago they may have eyed with suspicion…


Gary Lamphier: Canada poised to retaliate in meat labelling fight

It’s interesting that we’ve got Americans (U.S. meat packers) joined by Canadians suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and being critical of Congress,” says Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson, who will join his provincial counterparts and federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for talks in Chicago.

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

November 2, 2013

Read our lips: we will retaliate, and it will cost you big time.

That’s the blunt message Canada’s agriculture ministers are taking to the North American Meat Association’s annual conference in Chicago this weekend.

With controversial U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules costing Canada’s livestock industry an estimated $1 billion-plus a year, the long-running trade spat is about to get nasty…


EATC planning for the future

While not directly affecting economic growth, these other projects have been increasing the appeal of Eastern Alberta's communities to potential investors, many of which are approached in Ports to Plains conferences, which draws business leaders from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the north to Mexico in the south.

Click here for complete article > Hanna Herald

September 24, 2013

The Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor is working on a new plan to help the area draw in new business and become the centre of economic growth in Alberta.

With 80 communities divided among the three Regional Economic Development Alliances, the EATC has been working to promote the area to the international business community as a place to invest, both in setting up shop and creating jobs.

Currently, the major construction projects taking place within the EATC number 167 and total $119 billion.

Since March of this year the EATC has overseen 173 projects totalling $130 billion.

Most of these have been related to Oilsands development (54 projects totalling $100.5 billion) and pipelines (23 totalling $13 billion) but there have also been 43 infrastructure projects ranging from improving highways to updating water treatment systems and expanding the emergency services of communities along the corridor…


MLA to Ports-to-Plains talk in Texas

“There are still stretches of the highway from here to (Texas) that are still two-lane highways,” he noted. “That’s not the kind of access we need when we look at the growth in oilsands development alone. It’s not just our roads that need to be good, it’s their roads that have to be capable of handling that kind of traffic.”

Click here for complete article > Sherwood Park News

September 30, 2013

Sherwood Park-Strathcona MLA Dave Quest will be talking about many topics during the annual Ports-to-Plains meeting including road conditions between Alberta and Texas as well as projects like Keystone XL. Sherwood Park NewsSherwood Park-Strathcona MLA Dave Quest will be taking a trip to Amarillo, Texas, to speak on behalf of the province at the annual Ports-to-Plains partnership conference being held from Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Thursday, Oct. 3.

The Ports-to-Plains alliance is a non-profit group focused on lobbying to develop the approximately 3,700 kilometre stretch between Lubbock, Texas and Fort McMurray. It started in 2008 and since then the group has been able to raise approximately $1 billion U.S. for improvements along the corridor’s transportation system.

As part of the conference, and because the members of the group are actively focused on improving the roadways between Alberta and Texas, Quest will also be speaking to the Texas Transportation Advisory Committee to provide Alberta’s perspective on some of their road conditions…


Oil Sand: Facing New Challenges – Is Alberta Ready for the next phase of oils sands development

Oil sands mining is big business today, and WWll become bigger in the future. Meanwhile, the industry finds itself in the unenviable posit ion of being a target for criticism from a number of quarters. Success in years to come will depend to a large extent on how it is able to respond.

Click here for complete article > Engineering and Mining Journal

August 2013

Since the 1970s, Alberta has supplied a significant proportion of Canada's hydrocarbon needs, producing a raft of petroleum products from the heavy crude oil and bitumen resources that underlie much of the north of the province. And, while the industry struggled for decades in the face of low international prices for oil produced from conventional sources, rising prices in the 1990 led to a string of new project proposals. Several have been implemented; more have been put on the back burner; and some have failed to materialize for either technical or financial constraints. Today, the oil sands industry produces around 1. 7 mi II ion barrels per day (Mbbl/dl of synthetic crude oil (SCQI and diluted bitumen (dilbitl, 1.4 Mbbl of which are exported via pipelines to refineries across the U.S…


CN, feds eyeing oil-by-rail to Prince Rupert, B.C., in same quantity as Gateway


Government memos suggest that Chinese-owned Nexen is working with CN Rail to ship oil from Alberta, through B.C. and to Asia by tanker. Photograph by: Gordon Beck, The Gazette

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

September 22, 2013

CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.

Internal memos obtained by Greenpeace under the Access to Information Act show the rail carrier raised the proposal last March with Natural Resources Canada…