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Global News

VICTORIA – A major player in British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas sweepstakes has plans to spend up to $40 billion to build a proposed export facility on the province’s northern coast that could generate up to $39 billion in tax revenues over its lifespan.

The massive dollar figures were part of LNG Canada’s environmental certificate application released Friday by the joint venture company that includes Shell Canada Energy (TSX:SHC), PetroChina, Korea Gas Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp.

The B.C. government’s Environmental Assessment Office accepted the application, triggering a 180-day review phase, which includes public meetings in Kitimat, where the plant would be built, and in nearby Terrace.

“LNG Canada is proposing to spend between $25 billion and $40 billion on construction and between $7 billion and $17 billion per year during 25 years of operation, with decommissioning expected to cost between $2.1 billion and $3.3 billion,” the application stated. “The project…

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CBS Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Voters in two California coastal counties have approved a ban on fracking and other intensive oil production, while a third coastal county rejected such a ban.

Fracking bans passed Tuesday in San Benito and Mendocino counties. Voters in Santa Barbara County, however, said “No” to a prohibition on fracking and other more commonly used means of forcing oil out of aging fields.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, and involves forcing liquids and chemicals into underground formations at high pressure to extract oil and gas. California is the country’s third-largest oil producer. Other places in the state and country have also enacted fracking bans.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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If you live in Canada, chances are you know someone who has worked in the oil and gas industry. Fathers, uncles, brothers, boyfriends, etc. Some have been working there for years, others will go and do their “time”, make enough money and vow never to return. Anyone returning from the “patch”, will always have outlandish tales to regale their friends and family with.

Until you have witnessed it with your very eyes, you will never quite understand the oilfield. With contrast to the larger culture across Canada, the pipeline subculture is not openly known unless you are within the circle of the workers. You have heard the stories but you probably couldn’t differentiate between a pipeline, tar sands, and a rig. You probably call anyone who works in the oil and gas industry a “rig pig”. Although inaccurate, you are pretty close with that description. The industry is generally composed…

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With over 15 years in this industry I have seen many things change in regards to safety in this industry. It’s a slow progress in a positive direction for sure, yet Having taken the initiative to educate through University study courses in regards to occupational health and safety, I see there is still a lot of work to be done. There is a lack of education by employers to their staff. This may be from a result of the employers themselves not understanding or knowing enough about the hazards in their workplaces. I know I was guilty of this. The old hurry and “GIT ‘ER DONE” mentality is still being taught.

Now although many companies are proclaiming their safety records are improving and incidents occurred are at all time lows, which is great!… But there are many aspects over-looked when it comes to Chronic long term exposures. This could be from hearing loss from prolonged noise or cancer and symptoms that come later in life from chemical exposures. These are things that don’t affect a company’s safety Or workers insurance compensation ratings because they are hard for insurance companies and doctors to pin point at what point of time the degrading of hearing, or when the body had the exposure to these chemicals. This sadly becomes over looked in regards to safety.

Regulations are changing! But not fast enough. I know our industry is full of chemical exposures, and noise above the allowable decibel range. So why do we not implement better awareness? Better training for workers and corporate decision makers? I’ve seen the same lack of action or awareness at so many companies. We need to work on change and setting a new standard.

After all, the next generation of workers could already be affected, because of chemical exposure that workers take home on their clothes, skin and vehicles that now can leave effects on their families to expiate them. Benzene, silica, and asbestos, and many chemicals can be transported and It’s true it can start to harm your kids or family members. Educate yourself and educate your staff.


There is a wide variety of occupations this industry offers. Educated engineers, geologists, accountants, lawyers, etc. You can work in major oil prominent cities such as Texas or Calgary in Canada. You can work your way up to incomes exceeding 300k a year. That being said, you dont have to go to school to be making six figure incomes. Just about every service company now a days pays their experienced blue collar workers six figures. You can make $70,000+ a year as an entry level worker. The money can be great, provide for your family, or maybe buy you that new house or car you wish you could get.
With the demand for energy there are opportunities and jobs galore. Everyone is short handed. They would hire just about anyone on the spot!
But the truth is, it’s not for everyone. Some jobs are very labour intensive. Heavy back breaking lifting, 12-16 hour days on your feet working in the elements of extreme heat or cold. It’s dirty, it’s loud, and it’s away from your family, friends and life back at home, it can be stressful. These are the reasons the rewards for your labour can be so good. As employees starting out they can be making $300-400 a day in most field occupations. Some more veteran employees, supervisors make over $1000 a day. That’s a lot of money for being good and experienced at what you do. The Oil companies make millions or more in profits. But they have a lot of overhead. Large contracting service companies too can make millions in profits. They can achieve this by having the quality people under them keeping the operations working, meeting time lines, and pushing to achieve success. There’s no reason anyone can’t make a great life in this industry, it’s just what you are willing to sacrifice in your life for it.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

– Henry David Thoreau


Hydraulic pressures on these line can get upwards of 10,000 PSI