Author: Shaun Polczer
US takes a fresh look at Keystone XL
9 March 2012
Energy security is emerging as one of the key issues ahead of the November presidential election in the US. And as the country thinks about oil, it seems that there is a second chance for the Keystone XL pipeline
Canadian Natural takes Horizon action
9 March 2012
Canadian Natural Resources says it will consult with third parties on ways to increase the reliability of its Horizon oil-sands mine
Second oil-sands fire reduces output
7 March 2012
The second oil-sands fire in northern Canada in as many months has reduced synthetic crude-oil production and widened price differentials to benchmark US crudes
Canada dodges EU oil-sands bullet
28 February 2012
Failure to agree FQD ban on Alberta crude a rare victory for producers
Eagle Ford pushes EOG results higher
23 February 2012
US independent EOG Resources is crediting its operations in the southern sector of the Eagle Ford shale for boosting fourth quarter operating and financial performance
Arctic oil and gas territory decision looms
22 February 2012
Under the auspices of the UN, countries laying claim to Arctic territory hope legal international borders can be settled, opening the way for exploration
North American players seek Asian lifeline
22 February 2012
Encana strikes unconventional gas deal with Japan’s Mitsubishi as market fundamentals spook shale-gas bulls
Canadian Natural crashes on Horizon
16 February 2012
In the latest of a series of unplanned oil-sands outages, Canadian Natural Resources (CNRL) has been forced to shut its 110,000 barrels a day (b/d) Horizon mine for more than a month
Mind the oil-sands price gap
15 February 2012
The glut of crude oil at the US’ Cushing hub and a strong Canadian dollar are putting an increasing strain on Alberta’s oil-sands producers
Imperial sanctions Cold Lake expansion
7 February 2012
Canada’s largest in situ oil-sands project, at Cold Lake, Alberta, is about to grow bigger. Owner Imperial Oil has formally sanctioned a C$2 billion ($2 billion) expansion
Oil-sands monitoring beefed up
7 February 2012
The Alberta and federal governments are introducing a new environmental-monitoring progamme for the oil sands, but is it enough?
Oil-sands profits grow in 2011
2 February 2012
Canada’s two largest oil-sands producers have reported significant jumps in 2011 profits
Keystone debate far from over
31 January 2012
TransCanada and US Republicans vow to fight on in the battle for the Keystone XL pipeline
Fracking standards for Canada
31 January 2012
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (Capp) is taking the first steps towards implementing best practices for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Canada’s unconventional shale-gas basins
Obama hitches ride on shale bandwagon
26 January 2012
The US president placed unconventionals firmly at the centre of his ‘made in America’ energy policy – but will he back up his words with action?
Bearish gas market mauls shale bulls
26 January 2012
As North America’s gas-storage tanks near capacity and prices stay low, the continent’s shale-gas sector is being forced to reassess. Is the boom over, or is the market forcing a much-needed correction?
Boom-and-bust threatens unconventional plays
24 January 2012
It may be the American way, but the Bakken oil-drillers’ boom-and-bust mentality is no way to run an industry
US delivers Keystone XL death blow
19 January 2012
The US’ rejection of the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline could prove a turning point in political and trade relations with Canada
Bakken oil tanks full to the brim
19 January 2012
North Dakota's oil patch is booming. But surging oil and gas output has strained off-take capacity to breaking point
Northern Gateway hearings heat up
18 January 2012
Plans to diversify Canada’s oil-export options with a pipeline to the BC coast face scrutiny from aboriginal groups and environmental protestors. Fortunately for the developers, they seem to be listening
Heads roll as Nexen aims to up its game
11 January 2012
Like a struggling hockey team, the front bench of Canada’s Nexen has been shaken up with the surprise resignation of its chief executive and senior vice-president, amid claims of poor operational performance
Talisman cuts capex, ups Eagle Ford spend
11 January 2012
In response to a bearish outlook for US natural gas prices, Talisman has slashed planned spending for 2012, but will still channel funds into unconventional plays
Teck Cominco bulks up on oil sands
10 January 2012
Canada’s largest integrated miner, Teck Cominco, has upped its oil-sands ante with the acquisition of junior partner SilverBirch Energy for C$485 million ($475 million)
US shale drillers laughing to the bank
6 January 2012
Two huge deals, amounting to over $5 billion, show the US shale-gas revolution is not over yet
2012: the year of the oil sands
4 January 2012
With lingering fallout over Canada’s Kyoto rejection and rising confrontation with the oil sands’ legions of opponents, 2012 will be the country’s year of living dangerously
Athabasca opens its wallet
22 December 2011
Canada's Athabasca set to begin a suite of thermal oil sands projects