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Trump plans to change environmental laws to get pipelines built

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his final plans to expedite permitting for major infrastructure like oil pipelines and road expansions in Atlanta on Wednesday, a move that environmentalists say will bypass public input.

Court rejects bid to revive permits for new oil and gas pipelines

Billings - A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines.

Alberta scraps production limits to encourage more oil drilling

Edmonton - The Government of Alberta, Canada, is now allowing curtailed operators to drill new conventional oil wells without being restricted by production limits. Existing producing wells will remain under curtailment.

Canada's oil sector needs to reposition itself on climate change

Canada's oil sector needs more pipeline capacity than what is currently under development to meet even its most modest growth projections, but attitudes toward new pipelines are shifting and the energy industry needs to reposition itself to keep pace.

Canada Oil lobby hits out at Environmental minister and Bill C-69

Calgary - The head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) criticized the country’s environment minister Thursday for comments he said shows she is “disrespectful” of the energy industry.

Canada's oil sands still struggling and investors are worried

March has brought a string of setbacks for Canada's struggling tar sands oil industry, including the further delay of two proposed pipelines, a poor forecast for growth and signs that investors may be growing wary.

Effects of fuel theft crackdown in Mexico growing daily

Mexico - The government of Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador has cut off the gas supply in a number of key pipelines transporting fuel from refineries in Mexico, leaving consumers to endure closed gas stations or long lines in the few that are open.

U.S. pipelines in Pennsylvania and Ohio rack up 800 violations

Media - Two pipelines being built across Pennsylvania and Ohio by Energy Transfer and its Sunoco subsidiary have amassed more than 800 state and federal permit violations while racing to build two of the nation’s largest natural gas pipelines.

Permian Basin shale boom raises spectre of global oil glut

The Permian Basin has remained the nation's top producing oil field. However, a lack of crude oil pipelines has slowed growth in the labor market, including other basins such as the Bakken in North Dakota and New Mexico's part of the Delaware Basin.

Alberta is in an 'oil crisis' as prices hit rock-bottom

Calgary - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the current low price of Canadian oil is a "crisis" for Alberta, but brought nothing in the way of new help for the industry during a visit to Calgary on Thursday.

Discounted oil prices costing Canadian economy billions

Canadian oil producers have filled their storage facilities to overflowing while waiting for an answer to their dilemma. The problem is the price discounts on Canada's heavy oil. Pipeline and rail constraints have only made the problem worse.

Pipelines are full - Oil and gas companies turn to trucks, rail

Houston - The U.S. threatens to swamp the world with oil in the next few years. Producers in the Permian Basin are already running into the problem of not having enough pipelines to move their oil and gas to refineries and export terminals on the Gulf coast.

Oil and gas sector drive Canada's economic growth spurt

Ottawa - Canada's Gross Domestic Product grew by half a percent in May, almost twice what economists were expecting, due in part to a strong rebound in the oil and gas sector.

Pipeline bottleneck is choking Canada's economy

Ottawa - While oil production in Canada is surging, profit margins for oil producers are sinking as they strive to stay competitive with U.S. markets. This is because Canada simply does not have enough pipeline capacity to deliver its oil to market.

Insufficient export pipelines hurting Canadian oil producers

Toronto - Canada's oil and gas producers are struggling to stay competitive with their U.S. counterparts because of the policy limitations in expanding pipeline capacity, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute.

Canada oil industry will continue to see losses for much of 2017

The Conference Board of Canada released its 2017 report on the oil industry. The forecast is for continued losses for most of the year, even though financial conditions are better and there's the promise of greater pipeline capacity.

Op-Ed: Arkansas Pegasus pipeline spill questions safety of pipelines

Mayflower - The Pegasus pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas has provided environmentalists with a tool to pressure President Obama to reject the XL Keystone pipeline, a decision to be made by August. The spill questions the safety of pipelines, with good reason.

Op-Ed: Alberta's new oil energy strategy

Calgary - Alberta's Premier Alison Redford earlier this year announced the Alberta government's budget shortfalls due to declining oil revenues. With approvals pending on a pipeline to the West Coast and to the US, a new strategy has been developed.

Op-Ed: Economic benefits are debated as Enbridge hearings resume

Calgary - The Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings resumed on Tuesday, September 4th as Calgary-based Enbridge and the Alberta Government prepare to convince Canadians that the 6 billion dollar pipeline is important to Canada’s economy.

Op-Ed: The Pembina Institute responds to federal environmental cuts Special

Calgary - The Pembina Institute responds to the federal Environmental Emergencies Program cutbacks and consolidation that may compromise environmental emergency responses in future oil spill disasters.

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Map shows the 3 300 pipeline spills and ruptures that have occurred in the US between 2010 and 2015.
Map shows the 3,300 pipeline spills and ruptures that have occurred in the US between 2010 and 2015.
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The C.D. Howe Institute's national offices at 67 Yonge Street, Toronto.
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Dakota Access Pipeline being built in Iowa
Dakota Access Pipeline being built in Iowa
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