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Varcoe: Federal money for orphan wells a first step, but more must be done

Alberta has a complicated environmental legacy to face, with thousands of inactive and orphan oil and gas wells spread across the province.

It will soon see joint government and industry action to try to tackle the ballooning challenge. 890 more words

Politics

Federal budget slashes drilling deductions, grants Alberta $30 million to stimulate economy

OTTAWA — Alberta is getting a $30-million payment from Ottawa to clean up “orphan wells” — and boost employment in a slowly recovering energy industry — even as higher tax rates will hit companies drilling new oil and natural gas wells. 923 more words

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Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal charged in Alberta after bulldozer partially buried

The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid three charges against Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Company and subsidiary Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC after a bulldozer was partially buried two years ago. 91 more words

Local Business

Café Olimpico and Off the Hook happy in Old Montreal

Last summer, two longtime local businesses unexpectedly set up shop in Old Montreal.

Mile End mainstay Café Olimpico and downtown streetwear retailer Off the Hook have been in their respective locations since 1970 and 1999, and neither had any intention of moving or expanding. 704 more words

Local Business

Calgary-based Enbridge sheds another 1,000 jobs, 6% of its workforce

Enbridge Inc. is shedding another 1,000 jobs after its $37-billion takeover of Spectra Energy Corp.

The Calgary-based pipeline firm said the cuts — which represent six per cent of its workforce — are part of the “synergies” it expects as the combined company full integrates over the coming months. 131 more words

Energy

Saskatchewan Transportation cancels afternoon buses with no explanation

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company has cancelled all departures on Wednesday from its Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert terminals beginning around 1 p.m.

The provincially-funded bus transportation company also cancelled trips Wednesday after 1 p.m. 125 more words

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Djibouti-Somaliland Feeder Line Service To Launch In April

New carrier Djibouti Shipping Lines (DSL) plans to launch a container shuttle service in April connecting Djibouti to Berbera (Somaliland), according to Alphaliner.  167 more words

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