Oil & Gas

2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. At the beginning of 2018, our review of the 2017 Canadian regulatory events described them as dramatic, but the 2018 saga turned out to be nothing short of a blockbuster. Pressure built up to a bubble point at the federal and provincial levels of governments, and at the National… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Climate Change Litigation Arrives in Canada

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In this Update Two recent developments demonstrate that climate change litigation has arrived in Canada: the ENVironnement JEUnesse lawsuit in Québec and the City of Victoria’s endorsement of a class action lawsuit against oil and gas producers for climate-related harms. Oil and gas producers may soon be faced… [Read More…] about Climate Change Litigation Arrives in Canada

12 Minutes with Brad Wall on Energy & Agriculture

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Osler Special Advisor Brad Wall says he is “optimistic” about the future prospects of Canada’s energy sector and that we should be “very excited about Canadian agriculture.” In a video interview, Brad, the former Premier of Saskatchewan, discussed a wide range of topics including Canada’s energy and agricultural sectors; navigating… [Read More…] about 12 Minutes with Brad Wall on Energy & Agriculture

2018 Top Ten: Legislative and Policy Changes in the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. 2018 saw continuing shifts and uncertainty in legislative and policy developments for the oil and gas industry.  On last year’s Top 10 list, found here, we identified several proposed changes to energy regulation across Canada.  2018 further provided us with numerous policy changes, with implications uncertain and… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Legislative and Policy Changes in the Canadian Energy Industry

Alberta Releases Curtailment Rules for Crude Oil and Crude Bitumen Production

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Government of Alberta (“GOA”) announced that it would implement mandatory curtailment of crude oil and bitumen production in the province by 8.7 per cent per day by January 1, 2019. In a previous update, BLG analyzed the curtailment plan and possible… [Read More…] about Alberta Releases Curtailment Rules for Crude Oil and Crude Bitumen Production

​Alberta Cuts Oil Production to Raise its Discounted Crude Oil Prices

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. The Government of Alberta (GOA) announced its mandatory curtailment of crude oil production plan on Sunday, December 2, 2018.1  The plan is a short-term measure to raise the price of Alberta’s crude oil, currently selling at a discount at $10 per barrel, in order to compete… [Read More…] about ​Alberta Cuts Oil Production to Raise its Discounted Crude Oil Prices

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