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Saskatchewan Court Holds That Duty to Consult Not Triggered for Crown-Issued Oil Sands Exploration Permits

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench held in Buffalo River Dene Nation v The Minister of Energy and Resources and Scott Land & Lease Ltd, 2014 SKQB 69, that a decision of the Minister of Energy and Resources to post for...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder

In this issue: - Preface - Current Issues in the Oil Sands - Introduction - Advantages of Investing in the Oil Sands - Challenges - Location and Extraction - Emerging...more

A Tale of Two Pipelines: This Week in the News

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…for two pipeline projects in the West. TransCanada was successful in the Tenth Circuit on Thursday in its continuing efforts to defend against a preliminary...more

Dover Commercial Project Approved

On August 6, 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) approved the Dover Commercial Project (Project), a 250,000 barrel per day in situ oil sands project proposed by Brion Energy (a joint venture between Athabasca Oil...more

Two Significant Duty-to-Consult Cases Released in Alberta and British Columbia Courts

Alberta: Lameman v. Alberta, 2013 ABCA 148 - The Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) brought a Statement of Claim before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench alleging that the Alberta and federal governments have failed to...more

Oil and Gas Companies Listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

There is increasing interest by oil and gas companies to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“HKEx”). Sunshine Oilsands Ltd, based in Calgary, obtained a primary listing on the Main Board of the HKEx in March 2012. It...more

Oh Canada! Significant Developments In Canadian Energy - January 2013

In This Issue: - Oil Sands News  - East Coast News  - West Coast News  - Canadian Arctic News  - Alternative Energy  - On the Horizon  - Abbreviations  - Excerpt from Oil Sands...more

"Responsible Energy Development Act – A Sea Change In Energy Project Regulation? Stay Tuned", Focus On Energy, January 2013

On October 24, 2012, the Alberta Minister of Energy introduced Bill 2 – the Responsible Energy Development Act (“Responsible Energy Act”) in the Alberta Legislature. On November 21, 2012, Bill 2 passed third reading and was...more

1603 Grants, Fracking Rules, and the Keystone XL Pipeline – ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environmental Update

Last week on Capitol Hill, the House Energy and Commerce Committee majority staff released a report charging that the 1603 Grants in Lieu of Tax Credits program appears to have “unduly benefitted” foreign companies. The...more

Oh Canada! Significant Developments in Canadian Energy - January 2013

In This Issue: - Oil Sands News - East Coast News - West Coast News - Canadian Arctic News - Alternative Energy News - On the Horizon - Abbreviations - Contact Us - Excerpt from On The Horizon:...more

Oh Canada! Significant Developments in Canadian Energy - November 2012

In This Issue: - Oil Sands News - East Coast News - West Coast News - Canadian Arctic News - Alternative Energy News - On the Horizon - Abbreviations - Contact Us - Excerpt from Oil Sands News:...more

"End of a trend"? Canada Approves CNOOC/Nexen and Petronas/Progress Acquisitions, but Revises Approach to SOE Investment

Introduction & Background - On Friday, December 7, 2012, the Canadian government (the “Government”) issued determinations under the Investment Canada Act (the “Act”), approving acquisitions by foreign state-owned...more

Canadian Government Adjusts Rules for Foreign Investment

On December 7, 2012, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced decisions under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to allow acquisitions by two foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs): of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Decides Panel Not Required to Determine Adequacy of Crown’s Aboriginal Consultation

On November 26, 2012, the Alberta Court of Appeal released the decision of Justice Slatter denying leave to appeal a decision made by the Joint Review Panel (the Panel) established to evaluate Shell Canada’s application to...more

Doing Business in Canada: Infrastructure Opportunities in Canada

Infrastructure development has helped define Canada. Currently, Canadians lead the world’s infrastructure development projects. The infrastructure required for resource development projects such as the oil sands are some of...more

Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Players and Projects

Major Existing Producing Projects - Syncrude - Syncrude Canada Ltd. is the world’s largest producer of synthetic crude oil from oil sands and the largest single source producer in Canada. It supplies about 15...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Environmental Concerns

Climate Change - The production of petroleum from oil sands uses significant amounts of energy, almost all derived from the combustion of fossil fuels and resulting in CO2 emissions. As a result, oil sands operations...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Structuring your Transaction or Project

Valuation - Land sale spending in Alberta surged in 2010 due to a combination of new plays, enhanced oil sands technologies and a rebound in oil prices. From April 2010 to March 2011, 365,969 hectares of Crown oil...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A backgrounder: Derivative Plays

Given the magnitude of projected economic activity, oil sands producers will not be the only beneficiaries of the unprecedented development now underway. Aside from the necessary infrastructure developments, a plethora of...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A backgrounder: Market Opportunities

The growth in extraction and production has been matched by significant investment opportunities in upgrading facilities and transportation infra-structure. Transportation - Over 80 percent of bitumen produced in...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Emerging Technologies

Oil sands players are focusing most of their investment in technological innovation on mitigating extraction and other operating costs. A number of existing and proposed projects are introducing variants on the...more

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