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Gordon Jaremko

Gordon Jaremko worked as a reporter and editor for Canadian daily newspapers, wire services and monthly magazines for 38 years in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, primarily covering politics, economics and business with emphasis on the Alberta petroleum industry. He has contributed to four books and has become an independent contractor engaged on two history projects. He has been contributing to Intelligence Press since 1986.

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Canada Correspondent | Calgary, AB

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Alberta Launches Campaign to Clear Backlog of Depleted, Inactive Wells

Alberta Launches Campaign to Clear Backlog of Depleted, Inactive Wells

The Alberta government launched a long-range campaign last week to make oil and gas companies pay for cleaning up a generations-old and growing backlog of 96,969 depleted and inactive wells. Energy Minister Sonya Savage announced a stiffened polluter-pay policy that requires producers to devise five-year cleanup plans and act on them under supervision by the…

August 3, 2020
Trump Grants Presidential Permit to TC’s Cross-Border Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Grants Presidential Permit to TC’s Cross-Border Keystone XL Pipeline

Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. on Wednesday was granted a Presidential Permit by President Trump to increase oil exports by about 6% on the 10-year-old but stalled Keystone XL pipeline system, which is designed to move Canadian crude to Gulf Coast markets. The approval follows a 2019 open season that would add 50,000 b/d to the…

July 30, 2020
Better Western Canada LNG Policies Said Needed to Realize Economic Benefits

Better Western Canada LNG Policies Said Needed to Realize Economic Benefits

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports could generate prosperity and waves of investment, employment and revenue for British Columbia (BC), but only with government help, according to a report commissioned by the fledgling Canadian industry. Potential for astronomical gains is sketched in A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of BC’s Liquefied Natural Gas Industry, crafted for…

July 28, 2020
Canada Oil, Gas Drilling in Modest Recovery, but Covid-19 Saps Expectations

Canada Oil, Gas Drilling in Modest Recovery, but Covid-19 Saps Expectations

Canadian oil and gas drilling has begun to recover, but it remains well below expectations before the Covid-19 pandemic inflicted a near total halt on field activity. As of this week the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) reported 42 rigs in action including 31 in Alberta, eight in British Columbia (BC) and three…

July 24, 2020
ConocoPhillips Doubles Natural Gas-Rich Montney Shale Portfolio in $375M Deal with Kelt

ConocoPhillips Doubles Natural Gas-Rich Montney Shale Portfolio in $375M Deal with Kelt

ConocoPhillips is nearly doubling its leasehold and adding substantial production in Western Canada’s natural gas-rich Montney Shale following a $375 million bolt-on purchase from Calgary-based Kelt Exploration Ltd. The transaction in northeastern British Columbia (BC) announced Wednesday would add 140,000 net acres and an estimated 15,000 boe/d of output in a liquids-rich zone known as…

July 23, 2020
Gazoduq Quebec LNG Project Facing Big Regulatory Hurdles as Assessments Begin

Gazoduq Quebec LNG Project Facing Big Regulatory Hurdles as Assessments Begin

Formidable regulatory hurdles are awaiting the C$5 billion ($3.8 billion) supply pipeline, Gazoduq Quebec, proposed for the French Canadian attempt at liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as an extended federal and provincial environmental assessment begins. The list of approval requirements alone fills a 183-page instruction manual for hearings by a combined panel of the Impact…

July 21, 2020
Canada’s Wobbling Oil, Liquids Production Seen Achieving Only Modest Recovery into 2021

Canada’s Wobbling Oil, Liquids Production Seen Achieving Only Modest Recovery into 2021

After declining by 20% this spring in part on the Covid-19 pandemic, Canadian oil and natural gas liquids production will only achieve partial recovery into the first half of 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Covid-19 pandemic and unstable commodity prices lopped 1.1 million b/d off 2019 supplies of 5.5 million…

July 16, 2020
Westcoast Wins Right to Service Natural Gas Flow for LNG Canada with NGTL

Westcoast Wins Right to Service Natural Gas Flow for LNG Canada with NGTL

Enbridge Inc. has won a contest with TC Energy Corp. to collect high-volume natural gas pipeline flows for the Royal Dutch Shell plc-led LNG Canada export terminal under construction in northeastern British Columbia (BC). Disclosure of the commercial coup surfaced in a procedural dispute before the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) between Enbridge’s Westcoast network in…

July 14, 2020
Covid-19 Still Battering Canada’s OFS, Supply Sectors With Job Losses

Covid-19 Still Battering Canada’s OFS, Supply Sectors With Job Losses

Employment continued to shrink during June in Canadian oil and natural gas fields, with service and supply contractors suffering the deepest losses, according to the industry’s workforce monitoring agency. Cuts of 5,600 field personnel accounted for 84% of 6,700 layoffs recorded last month by Calgary-based Petroleum Labor Market Information (PetroLMI) from Statistics Canada surveys. The…

July 14, 2020
Alberta Seeks New Petrochemical Plants to Work Montney, Duvernay Natural Gas Production

Alberta Seeks New Petrochemical Plants to Work Montney, Duvernay Natural Gas Production

The Alberta government posted a reward Thursday for petrochemical manufacturers to build new plants that draw their raw materials from natural gas produced in the province. Natural Gas Minister Dale Nally announced a 10-year grant fund titled the Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program. The dollar value and eligibility rules were left open to negotiation, with further…

July 10, 2020
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