Denmark reports leak in gas pipeline in Baltic Sea

Denmark reports leak in gas pipeline in Baltic Sea

BERLIN (AP) — Denmark’s maritime authority said Monday that a gas leak had been observed in a pipeline leading from Russia to Europe underneath the Baltic Sea and that there is a danger to ship traffic.

The operator of Nord Stream 2 confirmed that a leak in the pipeline had been detected southeast of the Danish island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

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One of the leading advocates for clean coal in Estevan says the community should turn to nuclear, now that SaskPower may not do more carbon capture

One of the leading advocates for clean coal in Estevan says the community should turn to nuclear, now that SaskPower may not do more carbon capture

ESTEVAN – Jim Wilson was heavily involved in trying to make “clean coal” happen in Estevan. And in 2008, the federal government under Conservative Stephen Harper announced $240 million for what would ultimately become the Boundary Dam Unit 3 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project. In 2014, it finally went online. But now, eight years later, no further coal units have had carbon capture installed, and according to the Crown Investments Corporation and SaskPower Minister SaskPower Don Morgan on Sept. 20, the federal Liberal government will not allow any more.

When it comes to shutting down coal in Saskatchewan, they need to just stand up and say, ‘No,’ says RM of Estevan Reeve Jason LeBlanc

When it comes to shutting down coal in Saskatchewan, they need to just stand up and say, ‘No,’ says RM of Estevan Reeve Jason LeBlanc

ESTEVAN – Back in 2019, before he became reeve of the Rural Municipality of Estevan No. 5, Jason LeBlanc was standing in deep snow on Parliament Hill, protesting the carbon tax imposed by the Liberal federal government. And now the largest industry in his RM will likely be largely shut down by the end of this decade, due to that government’s policies against coal-fired power.

On Sept. 20, SaskPower announced it was looking at two areas – Elbow and Estevan – as possible sites for nuclear power development. But at that press conference, Pipeline Online asked Crown Investments Corporation (and SaskPower) Minister Don Morgan if it wouldn’t be cheaper and quicker to just implement carbon capture on SaskPower’s coal facilities, or to rebuild with new ones. He said federal regulations wouldn’t allow that.

PSAC rebrands as “Enserva,” dumping “Petroleum” as part of its name

PSAC rebrands as “Enserva,” dumping “Petroleum” as part of its name

CALGARY – In the last year, the CAODC became the CAOEC. On Sept. 23, PSAC, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, rebranded itself as Enserva. It’s continuing a trend of ditching terms like “petroleum” or “oilwell” in branding, in favour of “energy.”

In a press release on that day, PSAC said, “Canada’s energy industry is transforming, and so is Enserva – today, our association is proud to officially announce our rebrand from our previous identity as the Petroleum Services Association of Canada to our new moniker, Enserva. This exciting rebrand better reflects who our Association is and where we are going.”

German leader seeks energy deals, alliances on Gulf trip

German leader seeks energy deals, alliances on Gulf trip

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived Saturday in Saudi Arabia for the first stop of a two-day, three-country visit to the Middle East aimed at striking new energy deals and forging fresh alliances amid the economic and geopolitical turmoil resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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David Yager: Visit rural Alberta and learn first-hand where the necessities of life come from

David Yager: Visit rural Alberta and learn first-hand where the necessities of life come from

But when I looked at the faces of the 500 people at the oil show banquet, I was struck by the thought that right now, Lloydminster may be the best place to live in the world. 
Food and fuel in limitless supply. Good jobs for everyone who wants to work. Affordable housing. Opportunity. Recreational facilities. Schools. A hospital shared by Alberta and Saskatchewan.  
And the crowd was universally happy, at least that night. After pandemic lockdowns and years of tough times, their oil show was back for the first time in four years. It was a proud and important symbol of a community and industry that was finally and firmly back on its feet. 

Estevan mayor on coal: “The closer we get without any good answers by 2030, the harder it is for everyone in our community. We deserve some answers”

Estevan mayor on coal: “The closer we get without any good answers by 2030, the harder it is for everyone in our community. We deserve some answers”

ESTEVAN – Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig, upon hearing that further carbon capture projects on local coal-fired power plants was “not an option,” according to Crown Investments Corp. Minister Don Morgan, wants to know what the federal government is going to do to help his community. They’re not even responding to emails, he said.

Steel Reef picks up North Dakota assets near existing infrastructure

Steel Reef picks up North Dakota assets near existing infrastructure

CALGARY – On Sept. 19 Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiary Steel Reef US Corp., announced today it has closed a transaction to purchase certain associated gas gathering assets in the Burke and Mountrail Counties of North Dakota from Summit Midstream Holdings, LLC for a total cash consideration of US$40 million.

Canada’s environment minister does not jump to take up UN call for windfall taxes

Canada’s environment minister does not jump to take up UN call for windfall taxes

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault isn’t warming to the idea of combating climate change by imposing a windfall tax on the massive profits being posted by some Canadian oil and gas producers.

During the annual UN General Assembly in New York City this week, Secretary-General António Guterres said fossil fuel companies are making massive profits and should be taxed extra to pay for climate action and deliver help to people struggling with their energy and food bills.

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AIMCo CEO rejects fossil fuel divestment as investment strategy

AIMCo CEO rejects fossil fuel divestment as investment strategy

The CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo) says divesting from fossil fuels is the opposite of what pension funds should be doing if they want to help solve the climate crisis.

Evan Siddall — head of what is one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, with $168.3 billion of assets under management as of the end of last year — said in an interview that AIMCo wants to be a leader in financing the transition to a low-carbon economy, but it won’t do that by divesting from fossil fuels as some global pension funds have done.

Further carbon capture on coal “not an option,” according to CIC Minister Don Morgan

Further carbon capture on coal “not an option,” according to CIC Minister Don Morgan

REGINA – Since the opening of the Boundary Dam Unit 3 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project in late 2014, Saskatchewan’s coal-fired power industry, and Estevan in particular, has been waiting for a clear message from the provincial government whether it would pursue additional carbon capture projects. To date, nothing has come forward, but the minister responsible indicated on Sept. 20 it would not happen.

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Just like Saskatchewan, Alberta has heard nothing from feds on increasing oil production 300 000 bpd, despite minister’s promise to help Europe

Just like Saskatchewan, Alberta has heard nothing from feds on increasing oil production 300 000 bpd, despite minister’s promise to help Europe

LLOYDMINSTER – On March 24, one month after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, federal Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson pledged to Europe that Canada would increase oil production by 300,000 barrels to help with their energy needs. Six months later, it turns out neither the premier of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, or premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney, have seen or heard any action from the federal government on this front.

Devine’s Upgraders, Part 6: Were the Lloydminster and Regina upgraders enormous money losers, or huge successes? The conclusion

Devine’s Upgraders, Part 6: Were the Lloydminster and Regina upgraders enormous money losers, or huge successes? The conclusion

For all the political strife over cost overruns of the two projects as they were built, and their initial struggles, the added provincial royalties in the 21st century made up for that in spades. And the further investment in northwest Saskatchewan’s heavy oil patch has far outstripped the money spent on the Bi-Provincial Upgrader, even when you adjust for inflation.
That, unequivocally, proves the investment in the upgraders was sound, and visionary. It just took a while to get there.

Devine’s Upgraders, Part 5: Were the Regina and Lloydminster upgraders worth it? The two upgraders’ massive impact on provincial revenue

Devine’s Upgraders, Part 5: Were the Regina and Lloydminster upgraders worth it? The two upgraders’ massive impact on provincial revenue

“Any reasonable entrepreneur in North America, if they had these resources, they would have done the same thing. Now, you had to be very determined about it, because it wasn’t easy. And you had the cyclical (nature) to deal with, but a lot of good entrepreneurs and business people, they know cycles. I would say it certainly contributed significantly to Saskatchewan, and it’s not going to change.”
Asked if there was anything he would have done different with regards to the upgraders, Devine said, “I’m sure we didn’t do everything right. But it did work out in the end.