It seems like something out of the future – the distant future. But the idea of driverless trucks on the move in northern Alberta may not be that far fetched. Pete Arrigoni with Kenworth Trucks who was part of a panel discussion at the Oil & Gas Awards Industry Summit in Calgary says while such […]
Challenging times facing leaders in the oil industry
Leaders in the oil industry certainly have their plates full these days. Not only are they dealing with economic challenges of low oil prices, there are a number of other issues facing the industry. Near the top of that list is reputation. The industry is in a battle for its life against eco-groups who are […]
Global Petroleum Show almost here
Alberta’s new Energy Minister Marg McCuaig Boyd will be speaking on behalf of the New Democrat government at this years Global Petroleum Show in Calgary. It will be the first time in a long time that the province is represented by a party other than the Conservatives who were in power from 1971 until this […]
Oil industry leader says doing nothing on climate change is not an option
An energy industry heavyweight told a Calgary forum on climate change a healthy environment is key to a health economy–and vice versa. Suncor President and CEO Steve Williams says even though we don’t have all the answers, the time for action is now, doing nothing is not an option.” Other comments from the conference put […]
Will climate change target be met this time by Canada?
Canada has an enviable record of setting ambitious climate change targets, having done so four times since signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. Its record at meeting them is far less praiseworthy – three failures so far. But the fourth target, announced by the federal government on May 15, may […]
Comment: Near perfect record not good enough for some
Just like commercial airlines don’t make headlines for the thousands of flights that reach their destination safely each day, you won’t see much media coverage of the stellar safety rate achieved in all segments of North America’s oil and natural gas industry. But it’s a reality with direct bearing on public policy. The continents liquid […]
Oil spill cleanup made easier
In Ohio, scientists are experimenting with a mesh that could clean up oil spills and save a lot of money in the process. Research out of Ohio State University’s nano lab has developed a type of steel mesh which traps oil, while letting water flow through it. The high-tech mesh is coated in a nearly […]
Have some enviro groups gone too far comparing fracking to rape?
Environmental activist Sharon Wilson of Earthworks seems to have started a new rallying call against the oil and gas industry by claiming that a recently passed bill in the Texas state legislature was allowing “Texas fracking rape.” “Fracking victims I have worked with describe it as a rape,” Wilson wrote in a blog post protesting […]
Spill clean up a messy business
Marine oil spills can be extremely difficult to deal with. In the sea of Cardiff, Wales engineers from a European research project are testing a new prototype that cleans oil spills quickly, efficiently and more cheaply than existing methods. “What we’ve developed is a net which can float on the surface of the water, without […]
Is there a link between fracking and earthquakes?
Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes. The count went from just a couple per year back in the mid-2000s to over a thousand in 2010. Those numbers grew alongside a boom in the state’s natural gas drilling industry. There is now a heap of peer-reviewed research finding that […]
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