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Western Canadian regulators band together to reduce “pipeline delays”

PostedDecember 9, 2014 by in Western Canada

Western Canadian regulators band together to reduce pipeline delays

As if Western Canadian regulators weren’t already friendly enough to energy projects, they are now uniting to address what they see as growing “pipeline delays”. Check out this Dec. 2 story from Bloomberg on their recent pact.

Canada’s provincial energy regulators are banding together to cooperate amid hold-ups in constructing new pipelines across the country.

The Western Regulators Forum, which includes agencies from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, is working to increase efficiency in the process of approving energy projects, Alberta Energy Regulator Chief Executive Officer Jim Ellis said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. The group includes the participation of the National Energy Board, the agency that approves pipelines that cross provincial borders.

Canadian energy producers have struggled to get growing production from the oil sands in northern Alberta to coastal markets, with projects such as Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s Northern Gateway pipelines to British Columbia stalled amid local opposition and legal challenges.

“We now have western regulators that are working together to share best practices,” Ellis said. “If we have a jurisdictional issue where we are banging into one another, we need a forum where we sit down and have that dialog.”

Canadian heavy crude has traded at discounts as big as $42.50 a barrel to the benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude amid challenges in transporting the oil to refineries in the U.S. and abroad.

With pipelines in short supply, producers in Alberta have turned to rail cars to deliver oil to market. The country shipped 182,059 barrels of oil by rail in the third quarter, the most in records dating back three years, theNational Energy Board said in data posted on its website Nov. 28.



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    Funny, I didn’t think regulators were mandated to “approve” pipelines but to evaluate them with the public interest the issue.

    Chief Walking Eagle Spirit

    Did Bloomberg really spell it ‘dialog’?
    Anyway, good for them for not inviting the delayers … may have had to lernstuf.

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