There will be talking.
Maybe you heard: Canada’s books took a turn for the ugly over the past few months.
Or, as Finance Minister Bill Morneau put it when he unveiled his government’s fall economic update Friday morning, the economy “tilted to the downside.”
Nexen is investigating why its “failsafe” leak detection system failed to detect what turned out to be a massive spill that leaked 5,000 cubic metres of bitumen, sand and wastewater into an area of northern Alberta so remote the oil and gas company needs to build roads from scratch just to access the spill site.
July 17, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Melissa Ramsay, Global News
Oil and gas company Nexen’s automatic detection system didn’t detect a ruptured pipeline that resulted in a massive bitumen emulsion spill this week, senior vice-president Ron Bailey told reporters in Calgary Friday morning.
The federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelineis somewhat anticlimactic: It’s been expected since a Joint Review Panel gave the project a green light (with 209 conditions) late last year.
But now the gloves come off: A quintet of lawsuits seeking to overturn that review panel decision, put on hold in light of Ottawa’s pending decision, is poised to recommence, likely amid more litigation taking issue with the decision itself.
The federal Conservatives gave the green light Tuesday to one of the biggest energy projects out there – a $6.5-billion pipeline promising to open Alberta’s oilsands to the Asian market at the rate of more than half a million barrels a day.
But they seemed awfully sheepish about it.
March 5, 2014 – Global News
The company whose northern Alberta spills have been oozing bitumen for 10 months nonstop has asked the province to let it start high-pressure steam operations less than a kilometre away from one of the spill areas.