Oil & Gas

New Federal Timelines for Energy Project Approvals

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The federal government has proposed controversial new rules to govern approvals for projects, including many Major Energy Projects. The pace and direction of future development of Canada’s energy sector could lie in the balance. Bill C-69 proposes a new 5-stage Impact Assessment process that could easily take… [Read More…] about New Federal Timelines for Energy Project Approvals

No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC, or the Court) has ruled that there is no duty to consult Indigenous groups at any stage of the law-making process.[i]  This is an important ruling as the recognition of a justiciable duty to consult in the legislative process would have… [Read More…] about No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty in Finding No Duty to Consult During the Law-Making Process

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council) definitively answered, by a 7-2 majority, that the duty to consult does not apply to the development, passage and enactment of legislation — an issue previously left open by the Supreme Court. However, by… [Read More…] about Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty in Finding No Duty to Consult During the Law-Making Process

A Steady Judicial Tune Resonates Uncertainty: Federal Court of Appeal Orders Canada to Re-Consult on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Approvals

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Canada once again faces uncertainty in relation to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX), which itself is a harbinger of the continued unpredictability surrounding the state of Canada’s regulatory landscape for major energy infrastructure projects as a whole. This latest installment in uncertainty arises due to the recent… [Read More…] about A Steady Judicial Tune Resonates Uncertainty: Federal Court of Appeal Orders Canada to Re-Consult on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Approvals

Federal Energy Project Reviews: Timelines in Practice

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here In recent years the timelines to complete Canadian regulatory reviews of proposed major projects – and particularly environmental assessments which are the key part of the project review process – have become a major political issue. Over the last decade or so, project proponents have consistently raised… [Read More…] about Federal Energy Project Reviews: Timelines in Practice

Falling Markets and Canadian Exits Illustrate Transaction Activity in the Oil and Gas Sector

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The following is an adapted summary of data provided in Stikeman Elliott LLP’s Canadian Oil & Gas 2017 Annual Review. Overview 2017 was another turbulent year in the oil and gas sector. The regulatory and economic climates for oil and gas continued to shift quickly throughout the… [Read More…] about Falling Markets and Canadian Exits Illustrate Transaction Activity in the Oil and Gas Sector

Gross Overriding Royalty as Interest in Land – the Clear Language Conundrum Continues

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. In 2002 the Supreme Court of Canada, in Bank of Montreal v Dynex Petroleum Ltd, 2002 SCC 7 (Dynex) affirmed that gross overriding royalty interests (GOR) could constitute interest in land provided the parties so intended and that intention was sufficiently evidenced in an agreement. The case-by-case application of Dynex appears to… [Read More…] about Gross Overriding Royalty as Interest in Land – the Clear Language Conundrum Continues

Operators Take Note: Stricter Liability Management Regime is Proposed in British Columbia

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. A stricter oil and gas liability management regime may soon be in effect in British Columbia. The BC government recently introduced Bill 15 (the “Bill”) in response to the growing number of oil and gas sites in BC with insolvent operators (“Orphan Sites”). The abandonment and restoration… [Read More…] about Operators Take Note: Stricter Liability Management Regime is Proposed in British Columbia

Target 2030 and Beyond: BC Government Unveils Legislation to Update Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On May 7, 2018, the BC government unveiled Bill 34, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Amendment Act, 2018, which updates the province’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. The bill repeals the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act (GGRTA), passed by the former Liberal government in 2007, and replaces it with… [Read More…] about Target 2030 and Beyond: BC Government Unveils Legislation to Update Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Bill 12: Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act

Courtesy of Bennett Jones. View original article here. On April 16, 2018, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 12: Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act (Bill 12 or the Act). Bill 12 proposes to give the Alberta Minister of Energy (Minister) sweeping powers to control the export of natural gas, crude oil, and refined fuels from… [Read More…] about Bill 12: Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act