It’s been 30 years since Mancur Olson, wrote The Rise and Decline of Nations. The premise is the longer a society enjoys political stability, the more likely it is to develop powerful special interest groups that erode economic prosperity. His words have proven prescient as we witness Europe’s debt-burdened stagnation and degeneration of the U.S. […]
It’s only been a quarter of a century since the United States passed it’s Oil Pollution Act. A year after the 1989 Exxon Valdez environmental disaster off the coast of Alaska, American politicians wrote a law requiring all new tankers need to have double hulls to prevent similar catastrophes. But single hull tankers were still […]
In part three of this three part series, Rob chats with Doug Ford, of Communica Public Affairs Inc. about the PR and Engagement process in the Oil & Gas industry. You can watch the entire series here.
In part two of this three part series, Rob chats with Doug Ford, of Communica Public Affairs Inc. about the PR and Engagement process in the Oil & Gas industry. You can watch the entire series here.
I wonder whether Shell has sacked whichever pillock (defn: one who has done a stupid act) who advised them to sponsor the Guardian‘s ferociously anti-fossil fuel, anti-capitalist, anti-Shell Environment pages? Knowing the craven, slippery, self-hating ways of Big Oil as I do, I’m guessing probably not. In fact it’s quite possible, he (or she?) helped […]
A panel of five academics is getting set to tackle the issue of fracking. The group, put together by the Newfoundland & Labrador government will have a year to investigate the controversial subject. The review panel includes: Graham Gagnon, a professor at Dalhousie University and expert in water management; Maurice Dusseault, a professor in the […]
Rob speaks with ADIPEC attendee Sharon Sidney about ADIPEC and doing business in the Middle East.
The occasion of writing this column prompted reflection on my engineering career, in particular three critical junctures. The first was in 1970, when my teacher pointed to Northern Alberta on a map at the front of our classroom, declaring that the oil embedded in the soil there would be Canada’s most important contribution to the […]
Canada has the third-largest oil reserves in the world, but we import large volumes of oil from foreign sources into Eastern Canada, including Quebec, every day. Oil refineries in Quebec and Atlantic Canada import more than 600,000 barrels per day from foreign sources. But with Canadian oil production growing, using Canadian crude oil in Quebec, […]
After years of mishaps and false starts, some oil companies are giving up on , in the Arctic. Many companies have allowed their leases on offshore Arctic acreage to expire. Since 2003, the rights to an estimated 584,000 acres in the Beaufort Sea have been allowed to lapse. The oil industry was once optimistic about […]