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May 18, 2019 | VANCOUVER SUN: China’s Appetite for Canadian Oil Continues to Defy Marketplace Myths

In a few days, an oil tanker ship will sail into a Chinese port and once again opposers of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be left scratching their heads. Stewart Muir asks why. This article appeared in The Vancouver Sun on May 17, 2019. Link to the article at Sun website. The 250-metre Ambelos left the […]

May 16, 2019 | The Green Effect on British Columbia’s Natural Resources

  The Green Party’s recent electoral successes at the provincial and federal levels are being noticed. Policy analyst Mary Weiler examines the factors fueling this, and asks where the trend could be headed. The recent federal Green Party byelection win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith is historic.  With the riding newly established in 2015, Paul Manly has secured […]

May 9, 2019 | A Youth Perspective on the Future of Efficient and Safer Pipelines

It will take passion, creativity, and personal investment to ensure there is a sustainable future for the pipeline-building industry, Sarah Vandaiyar told senators at hearings for Bill C-69. The following is testimony provided by Sarah Vandaiyar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada, on April 9, 2019 in Calgary. She was […]

May 8, 2019 | Can Canada Plug into Vast Natural Gas and LNG Opportunities, While Solving Climate Change?

For those choosing action over talk when it comes to climate change, the allure of natural gas has never been stronger. The challenge of supplying energy for society Countries in Asia with growing energy demand are searching for dependable ways to aid their transition away from coal. Clean-burning natural gas is increasingly the global choice […]

May 7, 2019 | In search of the win-win solution for Canada and the planet

Here’s a paper everyone should read, authored by one of Canada’s most accomplished and informed investors, who shared a career’s worth of knowledge recently with senators examining two pieces of legislation that many argue will have a deep impact on the country’s future. Mac Van Wielingen (pictured) is the founder of ARC Financial Corp., the largest […]

May 5, 2019 | With B.C. Forestry “on pause” Because of Investment Threats, What’s at Risk for a Way of Life?

Forestry is typically associated with rural settings. Yet 40 per cent of jobs supporting the $13 billion industry are in the Lower Mainland and Southwest British Columbia. When a top forest company executive tells bankers that “the whole B.C. industry” is “on pause” because of policy moves by the provincial government, that’s not a good […]

May 2, 2019 | Look to Venezuela for why Alberta’s Canadian Energy ‘War Room’ is Needed

This article by Stewart Muir appeared in The Globe and Mail on May 2, 2019. See the article as it appears at The Globe and Mail at this link. Since the start of 2019, just one relatively small tanker has left a Canadian West Coast port loaded with oil sands crude for an overseas buyer: Erik Spirit deposited […]

April 28, 2019 | British Columbia, Don’t Go The Way of California

Victoria and its mayor Lisa Helps were the first to call for a class action lawsuit against oil companies last year, seemingly bringing some credence to the West Coast Environmental Law Centre’s years-long campaign to convince municipalities to bring litigation against these energy producers. Stewart Muir looks at the issue. Yet recently, Mayor Helps backed […]

April 23, 2019 | 10 Million Barrels of Crude Oil are Sailing to Los Angeles

Four supertankers from Iraq and one from Angola are currently bound for the refineries of Long Beach carrying hydrocarbon cargoes. The cargoes they contain are equal to 10 per cent of the world’s entire daily consumption, or more than double the volume of Canada’s entire daily production of 4.2 million barrels. Here are the supertankers in question, […]

April 18, 2019 | Visual Tanker Evidence Features in Resource Works’ Senate Submission

As Senate considers tanker ban Bill C-48, maps show the reality of tanker safety around the world, and elsewhere in Canada Here is Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir’s presentation to the Senate Transportation and Communications Committee in Terrace, B.C., on April 17, 2019. The key to enjoying this presentation properly is to see it […]

April 12, 2019 | VIDEO: China wants Canada’s oil sands crude oil and here’s the latest evidence

While some peddle the myth that China is not interested in buying high-quality crude oil from Canada’s oil sands, here’s the evidence that proves otherwise. It seems like in the search for ways to oppose Canadian energy sovereignty, there is no argument that hasn’t been tried. Unsafe, undesirable, uneconomic…we’ve heard them all. It’s a real […]

April 11, 2019 | Pipeline Progress: Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson Reflects on the Project So Far

Here’s a rare interview with the chief executive of what is surely Canada’s most talked about infrastructure project: a twinned crude oil pipeline to the west coast of British Columbia. It’s a saga that is now seven years in the making: the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline that will eventually elevate the national wealth […]

April 2, 2019 | CHARTS: Here’s Why Canada Has a Big Future in LNG

Europe and Asia don’t have enough natural gas. North America has more than it needs. Righting the imbalance through LNG trade is creating big opportunities for Canada. These three charts tell a big story. The green bars show demand for natural gas; the red lines show supply. Chart 1: North America currently has abundant gas due […]

April 1, 2019 | The Confusion Around Natural Resources in Canada

ESSAY: Who wants to start a process and commit money to developing a project under circumstances of prevailing uncertainty and confusion in law and practice? In this sweeping essay, longtime political affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson looks at the landscape of Canadian natural resources and prosperity. From the time of the fur trade, Canada (and before 1949 […]

March 29, 2019 | Industry Voices as One on Bill C-48: It Needs To Be Stopped

In a rare missive, the heads of four major industry groups are calling on the Trudeau government to rethink need for a discriminatory ban on economic activity. No Parliamentary action in living memory has laid down a dividing line between Ottawa political interests and First Nations like Bill C-48, the proposed act to prevent economic […]

March 28, 2019 | DATA: Latest Statistics Confirm That Crude Oil Still Pays The Rent For Canada

Western Canada’s oil sector continued in 2018 to be the foundation stone of national prosperity. That’s why innovation is so important for our future. When economists say that crude oil exports “pay the rent” for Canada, this is another way of stating that there is no greater source of trade revenue and surpluses. Sure enough, new data […]

March 26, 2019 | We’re at the Dawn of the LNG Era

As the world pursues cleaner forms of energy to reduce GHG emissions, the outlook for a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry only gets better. Two LNG stories stand out starkly from the annual BP energy outlook released on Feb. 14, 2019, and in both cases the upshot is good news for Canadian exporters of […]

March 21, 2019 | Overview: Climate litigation in British Columbia

Municipalities are being asked to participate in campaigns that would seek funds from fuel companies. A range of differing views is emerging as to its efficacy, writes Stewart Muir. Background In 2017, a local environment group, the West Coast Environmental Law Centre (WCEL), started a climate accountability campaign in British Columbia (BC) and started lobbying local municipalities […]

March 17, 2019 | Mountain Caribou and The Future of Land Access

What started as a government initiative to protect the mountain caribou has become a hot issue in rural British Columbia, with some residents concerned that traditional access to the backcountry is in jeopardy.   The government of British Columbia says mountain caribou are down to 1,500 in 15 separate herds and are at risk of […]

March 16, 2019 | Natural Resources Maintain Strong Support in B.C., Canada

70 per cent of Canadians believe the economy will suffer if resource development projects don’t get built. In the case of British Columbia, a mere 3 per cent of people are strongly opposed to such progress. A significant proportion of Canadians and British Columbians are in favour of resource development projects, a new Research Co. […]

March 13, 2019 | NEB’s Trans Mountain Reconsideration Raises Bigger Questions About Future of the Salish Sea

What responsible management of oil shipping can teach us about protecting ecosystems around the Salish Sea, starting with our sewage. Stewart Muir looks at recent developments. The recent Reconsideration process by Canada’s National Energy Board was ostensibly about potential harm to Southern resident killer whales and the indigenous customs surrounding the animals. At the end of its […]

March 11, 2019 | The Path to Canadian Energy 2.0

POLICY NOTE: The business of energy is facing a crisis of perception around the world, causing energy exporters to become increasingly strategic in how they approach climate risk, economic growth, and politics. Canada is going to have to sharpen its elbows to reclaim its rightful place as an energy leader. Stewart Muir weighs in. The nearly […]

March 5, 2019 | Citizen’s Guide: Economic impacts of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

In our ongoing Citizen’s Guide series, Resource Works tackles the question of what economic benefits will flow from completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. This document was independently prepared by veteran journalists Stewart Muir and Don Hauka. Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: What does it mean for the economy? Fact-based information can be hard […]

March 4, 2019 | We’re at the Dawn of the LNG Era

As the world pursues cleaner forms of energy to reduce GHG emissions, the outlook for a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry only gets better. Two LNG stories stand out starkly from the annual BP energy outlook released on Feb. 14, 2019, and in both cases the upshot is good news for Canadian exporters of […]

February 21, 2019 | The True Cost of Climate Litigation in Canada

POLICY BRIEF: Should corporations be sued for supplying fuels to local residents? Stewart Muir, Resource Works founding executive director, takes a look at a campaign imported from the United States where it has met with little success in the legal system. Executive Summary Over the past two years, environmental activist groups in Canada have lobbied municipalities […]

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