Alberta considers emissions rules to win support for oil sector

Alberta looks likely to implement energy efficiency measures when it revamps its climate-change policy to win support for its oil sector, an about-face on the former premier’s vow that the province wouldn’t enact new rules until the U.S. did.

The province plans to have new regulations on emissions in the near future and may include a higher carbon price, Alberta's environment minister says.

The struggle by Alberta’s oil producers for access to new markets, as reflected in U.S. delays in approving the Keystone XL (TRP) pipeline, comes amid opposition to oil sands bitumen because of its higher carbon intensity and concerns around air and water pollution.

Relevant companies include ECA, ENB, EEP, STO, XOM, IMO, SU, CVE, PGH, BP, CNQ, BTE, DVN, IVAN, AAV, RDS.A, RDS.B, PTR, ATHOF

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  • ted lujan
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    Appears like you have Obama types in Canada. Really sad, but you get what you elect.
    16 Apr 2014, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • toomuchgas
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    Great, the latest energy investor whack-a-mole. Anyone notice the prices of oil has been going up and up? Could it be some of the government policies to stop production? Oil companies will be blamed as usual for price.
    16 Apr 2014, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • donotdisturb
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    More likely posturing and nothing will happen. Canadian government very oil friendly. In Alberta, companies and individuals can poison as many buildings and local populations as they want with all carcinogenic, toxic, hazardous, and poisonous elements and compounds that are emitted from their tanks as long as they don't exceed limits on 2 compounds: H2S and SO2. Cancer cluster deaths, sick kids, emergency room visits, forcing groups to move totally acceptable to Fed and Province. Companies report emissions that are 100 to 9780 times too low, and have no requirement for accuracy. Truly, companies would rather you think and complain about carbon than have you know exactly how their compounds and particulates are poisoning entire populations in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Peace River, etc. increasing health afflictions that are paid by the public pocket book, health, and lives. When a government or industry statement unavoidable, they claim ignorance about the content of their emissions, but know enough that they will not breathe any themselves.
    16 Apr 2014, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • vireoman
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    This reminds me of stories out of Texas, where the Perry-types/George W-types consider any regulation as being anti-business. But then they don't have to bear the personal consequences of their inaction.
    17 Apr 2014, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • Cliff Hilton
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    All fears mongering. Unless you have proof? Who's dying there?


    Check out how much H2S and SO2 is emitted everyday from Mother Earth from her volcanic activities. I hear it cools her down...
    16 Apr 2014, 03:38 PM Reply Like
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