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Canada’s Crude Oil Pacific Exports and Northern Gateway Likely Dead if Proposed Tanker Ban Becomes Law

Canada’s Crude Oil Pacific Exports and Northern Gateway Likely Dead if Proposed Tanker Ban Becomes Law

On Friday, the Canadian government introduced C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Source: oilandgas360.com)It’s no longer living as a temporary moratorium or simply a political threat. On Friday Canada’s federal government introduced legislation that will turn its informal ban on crude oil tanker traffic off the North Coast of British Columbia into law. This…

Towns on the clock: What comes after coal for B.C.’s mining towns?

Towns on the clock: What comes after coal for B.C.’s mining towns?

By Josh Pagé and Liam Britten, CBC News Mining coal for steelmaking has been the way of life — a good life — for coal miners in towns like Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie for more than a century. But there’s also tension there, as coal truck driver Katie Bulger, who originally moved…

Uptick in drilling in northeastern B.C. good sign for Alberta producers

Uptick in drilling in northeastern B.C. good sign for Alberta producers

Increasingly empty industrial yards around the northeastern B.C. city of Fort St. John are a welcome sign for Jennifer Moore. Moore, a regional economic development officer, says the return of parked natural gas drilling rigs and related equipment to the field shows that a recovery is underway for one of…

Resource Development in Northern British Columbia

Resource Development in Northern British Columbia

Here in Northern BC the next 6 months will be busy with numerous projects in the natural resource sector. In the short term there are a number of events that will help set the pace forward for the next 10-20 years of business development. Cambridge House First up is the…

Oil and gas downturns in B.C. and Alberta ease Site C labour force concerns

Oil and gas downturns in B.C. and Alberta ease Site C labour force concerns

VICTORIA – Alberta’s loss is British Columbia’s gain as fears of labour shortages for the construction of the massive Site C dam evaporate amid a slump in the oil and gas industry, says a new report released Tuesday. The slowdown is providing a steady supply of skilled workers for the…

Mining Recruitment in NE BC

Mining Recruitment in NE BC

At a recent Home/Business/Trade show in Chetwynd representatives from Teck www.teck.com, Xstrata www.xstratacoal.com and Walter Energy www.walterenergy.com were attempting to recruit workers for the mines in the area. Even though Walter Energy was shutting down the Willow Creek mine they are still looking for workers at their other mines. Teck is…

Coal mine temp workers ‘exacerbate’ concerns over Chinese investment in B.C.

Coal mine temp workers ‘exacerbate’ concerns over Chinese investment in B.C.

An internal federal review of a decision to grant permits to a Chinese company to bring temporary foreign workers from China for its British Columbia coal mine found the company met or exceeded all requirements. But the November report notes that the sequence of events in HD Mining’s application to…

Echo Hill Coal Mine May Undergo Substituted Environmental Assessment

Echo Hill Coal Mine May Undergo Substituted Environmental Assessment

Hillsborough Resources Echo Hill Coal Mine Project near Tumbler Ridge is the most recent proposal to have the provincial government request a “substituted” environmental assessment. Earlier this month the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office entered into an agreement with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, that means the EAO can apply to handle…

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