Canada

$1B upgrader plan aimed at getting Alberta off boom-bust rollercoasterCBC.ca.  The province says the move away from using diluent, which has to be shipped back from the refineries once the bitumen is upgraded, is also expected to free up 30 per cent more pipeline capacity at a time when bottlenecks are causing Alberta crude to sell at a steep discount on the North American …

Oilpatch investment lured south as US overhauls tax and regulatory regime, industry group says.  CBC.ca.  Canada’s energy industry — struggling with pipeline constraints and a costly oil glut — says new American tax rules and regulatory reforms are helping siphon away capital investment to the United States. Tim McMillan, chief executive of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), said …

Shell forecasts LNG shortage, raising potential that $40-billion BC project will proceed.  Straight.com.  LNG Canada says it would cost about $40 billion, including a new gas pipelineand upstream natural-gas assets to provide fuel for the facility. …. SFU geographer Kirsten Zickfeld is quoted on the CBC News website saying that this would have used up between 2.5 percent and 11 percent of Canada’s …