EDMONTON — The Alberta government has charged an energy company for a massive 2011 oil pipeline spill that fouled land in the northwestern part of the province.
Plains Midstream Canada faces three charges under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The April 2011 breach, about 95 kilometres northeast of Peace River, caused 4.5 million litres of oil to spill onto the land, closed a school in the nearby community of Little Buffalo and created health problems for people in the area.
Big shippers, including Imperial Oil Ltd, Exxon Mobil Corp, Suncor Energy Inc, Marathon Petroleum Corp and Phillips 66, have all filed motions with the regulator in protest
CALGARY — Enbridge Inc and its crude oil pipeline customers are battling over a plan by the company to try to cut the over-booking of capacity on the massive export network that has played a role in the deep discounting of Canadian crude prices.
The National Energy Board handed a conditional approval to a proposal to reverse the flow and expand Enbridge’s controversial Line 9 so it can move western oil to refineries in Ontario and Quebec, and doled out harsh words to activists who disrupted its hearings.
In a 141-page ruling released Thursday, the board said the decision “enables Enbridge to react to market forces and provide benefits to Canadians, while at the same time implementing the project in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.”
Canada’s Enbridge Inc has returned a major section of the 540-km (335-mile) Athabasca oil pipeline to service, after a spill on a smaller line disrupted the flow of oil sands crude and forced Suncor Energy to shut in output in Alberta.
Enbridge said on Monday the southern portion of the 345,000 barrel per day Athabasca pipeline, which carries blended crude to the Hardisty terminal in Alberta, was restarted late on Sunday, but the northern segment remains shut.
Canadian spot oil prices tumbled as Enbridge Inc has imposed mid-month rationing on three of its Canada-U.S. oil pipelines, exacerbating an already-tight export capacity situation.
Western Canada Select, a heavy blend of oil-sands bitumen, fell $2.50 to a $39.50 discount against the U.S. oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate, according to Calgary oil broker Net Energy Inc. Syncrude, a synthetic light oil processed from bitumen, sank 75 cents to a 25-cent discount.
EDMONTON — The Alberta government is ordering more environmental protection work be done on the Primrose oil sands project in northern Alberta.
Earlier this fall, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. was told it must remove most of the water from one of its bitumen leak sites — a small lake — before it freezes.
On Monday, the company was told it must also determine the impact to subsurface groundwater and work to find the root cause of all four bitumen releases.
CALGARY • Enbridge Inc. is working to open a major new pathway to the U.S. Gulf Coast for Alberta bitumen, solidifying a commercial link between the world’s No. 3 crude deposit and the Texas refining corridor that has so far eluded industry planners.
Canada’s largest pipeline company is spending $2.8-billion to “twin” its Spearhead pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla., and another $1.1-billion to nearly triple capacity on its Seaway system between the Midwest storage hub and the Houston area.
VANCOUVER • An inky-blue dawn breaks across Burrard Inlet as the oil tanker British Beech glides into view.
On the bridge of the tugboat Raven, captain Don Westmoreland, 59, peers at a video monitor that registers the vessel’s bearing and speed. “That’s our ship right there,” he says. Two 2,500-horsepower engines barely gurgle as the Raven tethers to the tanker’s stern for the trip under Second Narrows Bridge.
CALGARY – Alberta’s bitumen growth prospects could slow on shortages of a much lighter product as companies opt to send crude directly to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast and in Asia rather than process the stuff at home.