Category Archives: Shell

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Phil Germuth, Enbridge’s “What the….” moment and what it means for British Columbia

Enbridge Northern Gateway officials are loath (to put it mildly) to speak to the media but sometimes they let things slip. Earlier this summer, at a social event, I heard an Enbridge official (probably inadvertently) reveal that when the company’s engineers came before District of Kitimat Council earlier this year they were surprised and somewhat unprepared to fully answer the detailed technical questions from Councillor Phil Germuth on pipeline leak detection. In January, 2015, Phil Germuth will take the centre chair as mayor at the…

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LNG Canada unveils community commitments

The Shell-led LNG Canada project unveiled its commitments to Kitimat at a ceremony at the community  information centre at the old Methanex site on October 7, 2014. LNG Canada has forged the commitments in a sheet of aluminum that is bolted to the wall of the community information centre. Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan unveiled the aluminum sheet, assisted by Kitimat Fire Chief Trent Bossence. Afterward, Susannah Pierce, Director, External Affairs, LNG Canada, signed the sheet, followed by Mayor Mongahan, Chief Bossence, other LNG  Canada officials and…

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A Glencore stock photo of  lag tapping at the Sudbury Smelter. (Glencore)

Glencore: The great white shark stalking Rio Tinto

{{unknown}}The world’s business media are paying rapt attention to Glencore’s  now stalled attempt to take over Rio Tinto. Late Tuesday, the company issued a news release which says Glencore announces that in July 2014 it made an informal enquiry by telephone call to Rio Tinto, seeking to gauge whether there might be any interest at Rio Tinto in investigating some form of merger between the two companies. Rio Tinto responded that it was not interested in pursuing these discussions. Glencore confirms that it is no longer actively considering…

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Chevron sticks with Kitimat but no final investment decision until customers sign

Chevron is sticking with the Kitimat LNG project but won’t make a Final Investment Decision until it has signed sales and purchase agreements for between 60 and 70 per cent of the natural gas, Chevron’s vice-chairman and executive vice-president of upstream operations, George Kirkland told investment analysts in a conference call Friday. Kirkland said that decision will happen “irrespective of what happens with Apache,” which has decided to completely exit the project. “We need to get partnership resolved and Apache has to move through the…

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Kitimat air shed study raises more questions than it actually answers

The sudden release early Friday, July 18, by the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment about the Kitimat Valley air shed study brings more questions than the answers it provides; some questions are political, some technical. The questions include 1. Why was the study suddenly released after the province said it was “privileged?” 2. Did the apparently rushed release mean that the study, as far as the public is concerned, is incomplete? 3. While most people in Kitimat believed that the study would be a…

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Kitimat can accommodate industrial growth, air shed study says. But where’s Northern Gateway?

The long awaited Kitimat air shed study, released by the province Friday, July 17, 2014,  says “that with proper management, Kitimat’s ai rshed can safely accommodate new industrial growth” without major affects on either human health or the environment. Link to news release : Study shows Kitimat airshed can handle new industrial development  The Kitimat Airshed Assessment looked at the cumulative effects of industrial air emissions, primarily sulphur and nitrogen oxides, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment from Rio Tinto…

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Rio Tinto, Shell LNG on shopping spree in China: Financial Times

Britain’s Financial Times today chose two Kitimat related companies to highlight how western business is turning more and more to China. Shell turns to Asian suppliers in US shale race  (Registration/subscription required) Royal Dutch Shell has said it will deploy more Chinese equipment at its struggling US shale business – becoming the latest natural resources company to try to reduce costs by switching to cheaper Asian suppliers. Miners such as Rio Tinto and Antofagasta have already been encouraged by improvements in the reliability of Chinese machinery,…

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Kitimat Votes: Douglas Channel Watch soft launches new website

The Kitimat environmental group Douglas Channel Watch has soft launched a new website. It can be found at douglaschannelwatch.ca. At the moment the site redirects to the web designer site, as that company continues to build the site. Full operation of the website is expected to begin in the next few days. Douglas Channel Watch is playing catchup. Enbridge Northern Gateway launched a plebiscite vote yes website YesforKitimat, a couple of weeks ago. Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen and the New Democratic Party also…

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Coastal GasLink pipeline opens environmental assessment process

The Coastal Gaslink pipeline proposal  to bring natural gas to Kitimat for the Shell LNG Canada project is now entering the 45 day public comment environmental assessment period. It opens on March 21, 2014 and closes May 5, 2014. Coastal GasLink Pipeline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines. The company is proposing to develop an approximately 650 kilometre pipeline to deliver natural gas from the area near the community of Groundbirch, B.C., to the LNG Canada gas liquefaction facility proposed to be developed by…

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LNG Canada passes first step in BC environmental review, to hold LNG demonstration at Mt. Elizabeth Theatre

LNG Canada, the project led by Shell Canada Energy, has passed the first step in the environmental review process for the liquified natural gas plant and terminal. LNG Canada said Tuesday that the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office has  approved LNG Canada’s Application Information Requirements (AIR) for the proposed project. The company says the AIR outlines the studies, methods, and information that will be required in LNG Canada’s Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The LNG Canada AIR was developed in consideration of comments submitted…

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