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The Provincial Government’s 2018 report card on its “made-in-Alberta” energy strategy

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    Made-in-Alberta plan protects energy jobs

    This year, the province fought to get top dollar for our energy resources by launching a made-in-Alberta strategy to build new pipelines and add value by upgrading more of our oil and gas here at home.

    Premier Rachel Notley and her government fought to protect workers and the Canadian economy by taking action in the short, medium and long term.

    “For decades, Albertans have been talking about getting more value for our oil here at home. It’s time to stop settling for less. We’re grabbing the bull by the horns with a made-in-Alberta strategy to create more jobs, open new markets for our oil and gas, and make more of the energy products the world needs.”

    Rachel Notley, Premier

    Major boost to energy upgrading

    In the long term, the province doubled support for petrochemical upgrading to $2.1 billion, which will leverage private investment that’s expected to help create about 15,000 jobs.

    Alberta also created a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) investment team to work directly with industry on reducing barriers for securing final investment decisions on export projects that will increase the value of Alberta’s natural gas resources.

    In response to strong industry encouragement, Alberta is taking action to explore private-sector interest in building a new oil refinery in the province. Building new refining capacity would create good-paying, long-term jobs for Albertans while helping lower the oil price differential over the long term.

    “Large industrial value-add energy investments help provide economic resilience and diversification, and create highly skilled, well-paying jobs for decades. Alberta has abundant feedstock, skilled labour and the ability to refine our resources to high-value products the world needs. There is significant international competition for these projects and for Alberta to compete, government and industry must work together. We commend the government’s focus on ensuring that the value of Alberta’s resources stays with Albertans.”

    David Chappell, chair, Resource Diversification Council

    Fighting for pipelines and market access

    The government also continued its fight for new pipelines. Premier Notley’s advocacy was instrumental in the federal government’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain Pipeline. As well, the Premier continues to fight for needed changes on two federal bills:

    • Bill C-69, which would create a new, far-reaching impact assessment process for resource development projects.
    • Bill C-48, which would impose a moratorium on oil tankers off the north coast of B.C.

    This year, the province also launched the nationwide Keep Canada Working campaign to explain to Canadians the benefits of new pipeline access. The latest push includes a real-time lost-revenue counter to show just how much Canadians are missing out on by keeping Alberta’s energy resources landlocked.

    “Under Premier Rachel Notley’s leadership, more Canadians than ever before support this project because they know we shouldn’t be selling our products on the cheap. There’s too much at stake. We will keep the federal government’s feet to the fire so that this project isn’t delayed any further.”

    Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy

    Over the medium term, the government took action to build more capacity for moving oil by rail to clear the backlog and stabilize the market. Upwards of 7,000 new rail cars will come online in 2019 to move 120,000 barrels a day out of the province to markets where Alberta oil can earn the best value possible.

    In the short term, Premier Notley protected the value of Alberta’s resources by mandating a temporary reduction in oil production. The decision, in response to a historically high oil price differential, has prevented thousands of job losses and helped restore the value of Alberta’s oil. The price gap is caused by the federal government’s decades-long inability to build pipelines.

    Saving industry time and money

    A more efficient regulatory process means new oil and gas projects can begin operating faster, creating jobs and maintaining competitiveness. The new process is fairer, faster and more accessible, saving industry hundreds of millions of dollars while making the process more transparent and accessible for Albertans. The new approach is expected to save industry $600 million by 2021, and is helping reduce the regulatory review time for an oil sands project from five years to just 15 months.

    Strong energy future in the oil sands

    Two major oil sands milestones were also celebrated in 2018. Premier Notley and Minister McCuaig-Boyd joined Suncor for the successful startup of the Fort Hills project, which put 7,900 people to work at the peak of construction and is employing 1,400 people full time now that the project is operational.

    The government also highlighted a new $400-million investment in the Long Lake South West project by Nexen, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd. With leading-edge technology, the project illustrates that a major oil sands producer can be both an energy and environmental leader while showing a long-term commitment to creating good jobs in Alberta’s energy sector.

    “The Long Lake South West project demonstrates CNOOC Limited’s long-term commitment to the Alberta energy sector. Our oil sands development is an important component of our global portfolio, and through technological advancements we are pleased to be responsibly growing our production while reducing our overall emissions.”

    Quinn Wilson, CEO, CNOOC North America

    New jobs, private investment in wind power

    Private companies are partnering with First Nations to invest close to $1.2 billion in renewable energy projects in Alberta. This helps create new jobs and continues with record-setting low prices for Albertans. These results showcase Alberta as a proud leader in all forms of energy.

    The five successful projects are made possible through the latest phase of the Alberta government’s Renewable Electricity Program. They include investments from homegrown Alberta companies, as well as from new investors from across Canada and around the world.

    In total, the new developments will create about 1,000 jobs, attract new economic opportunities for Indigenous communities and bring an estimated $175 million in rural benefits over the life of the projects.

     

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    Alberta

    Update 4: Northwest Alberta wildfire (May 24 at 5:00 p.m.)

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  • May 24, 2019

    From Government of Alberta:

    Nearly 400 firefighters, 28 helicopters and eight air tankers continue to battle northwest Alberta wildfires. Evacuees can sign up for financial support Sunday.

    Current situation

    • The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire is burning approximately three kilometres southwest of the Town of High Level in Mackenzie County.
    • This out-of-control wildfire has grown to almost 100,000 hectares.
    • Resources on the ground include about 261 wildland firefighters, 154 structural fighters and staff on the ground, supported by 28 helicopters, eight air tankers and 46 pieces of heavy equipment.
    • Continuing dry and windy conditions in most of Alberta have increased the danger of forest fires.
    • Evacuation centres have registered approximately 3,700 people as of May 24 at 2 p.m.
    • A voluntary evacuation is in place for Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement and areas north of High Level.
    • The province will provide one-time financial support to evacuees displaced by northwest wildfires.
    • You may qualify for the evacuation payment if you were:
      • living, working or vacationing in the affected area
      • forced to leave due to an evacuation order
      • paid for most of your costs to evacuate
    • Albertans who qualify will receive $1,250 for each adult and $500 for each dependent child.
    • Applications will open:
      • Online – starting Sunday, May 26 (Interac e-transfers may take 24 hours to go through)
      • In person at evacuation reception centres – starting Monday, May 27
      • If you require assistance registering, call 310-4455
    • Alberta Health Services evacuated 19 patients from the Manning Community Health Centre due to smoke from the wildfires.
    • Detailed information is available on emergency.alberta.ca, which is updated frequently.
    • Alberta Emergency Alerts has cancelled the High Level and Bushe River Reserve emergency alerts and have consolidated them into a larger Mackenzie County alert.

    Reception centres

    • Reception centres are open at:
      • Slave Lake Legacy Centre (400 6 Avenue)
      • High Prairie Gordon Buchanan Centre (5409 49 Street)
      • Grande Prairie Regional College (10726 106 Avenue)
      • Peace River Misery Mountain Ski Hill (10408 89 Street)
      • La Crete Heritage Centre (25411 Township Road 1060, south of La Crete)
      • Fort Vermilion Community Cultural Complex (5001 44 Avenue)
      • Hay River Dene Wellness Centre (In K’atl’ Odeeche First Nation, 17 kilometres east of Hay River)

    Highway closures

    • Highway 35 remains closed between five kilometres and 30 kilometres south of High Level. Highway 697 and the La Crete Ferry is identified as a detour. La Crete Ferry is operational with wait times of approximately one hour.
    • Highway 58 from High Level to approximately 70 kilometres from the junction with Range Road 45A remains closed.

    Insurance information

    • Evacuated residents should retain all their receipts for food purchases, accommodation and other related expenses to provide to their insurer for possible reimbursement.
    • Most home and tenant’s insurance policies provide reasonable coverage for living expenses during an evacuation. Contact your insurance company for details.
    • Albertans who cannot remember or reach their insurance provider, can contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 1-844-227-5422 or by email at askibcwest@ibc.ca. Information to understand your fire insurance coverage is online at www.ibc.ca/ab/disaster/alberta-wildfire.

    Air quality

    Health

    • Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

    Pets and livestock

    • Animal Control are collecting household pets that have been left behind. Pets will be moved to a safe and secure location outside of the Town of High Level. If you have left your household pet behind, please contact 780-926-2201.
    • Mackenzie County has stock trailers to assist with livestock. transport. Visit www.highlevel.ca for more information.

    Donations and volunteers

    Canada Post

    • Canada Post has suspended mail delivery services in the communities of High Level, Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement, Meander River, Chateh and Keg River.
    • Mail will be held at the Edmonton depot until mail service resumes.
    • Check the Canada Post website for updates.

    Income Support, Alberta Supports and AISH

    • Residents receiving benefits from the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) or the Income Support program by cheque rather than electronic deposit, and who are affected by the wildfire in High Level, can visit their nearest Alberta Supports Centres Alberta Supports [www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx] to pick up their cheque.
    • If you are in La Crete, you can pick up your cheque at the local reception centre. If you receive your benefits via direct deposit, your payment will be deposited as usual.
    • For information on child intervention and child care, residents may contact 1-800-638-0715
    • If persons with developmental disabilities, their families or contracted service providers need human, financial, or in-kind assistance to connect with loved ones, find accommodations or provide assistance to individuals receiving PDD supports, please contact the nearest Alberta Supports Centre for assistance. You can find a list of Alberta Supports Centres online Alberta Supports www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx or you can call the Alberta Supports contact Centre at 1-800-232-7215 provincewide between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. 
    • For additional information on social benefits, affected individuals can contact Alberta Supports at www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx or call 1-877-644-9992, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Health card, driver’s licences, ID cards, birth certificate

    • To get a replacement Health Care Insurance Card at no cost, you can contact 780-427-1432 or toll free at 310-0000 and then 780-427-1432 when prompted. Your Alberta Personal Health Card can be mailed to a temporary address.  
    • If driver’s licences, ID cards, and/or birth certificates were left behind during the evacuation, replacement cards and certificates can be ordered free of charge at a registry agent. A list of registry locations can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/registry-agents.aspx

    Other information

    • Residents driving through the area should carry enough fuel as there may be shortages.

    Public information

    • You can call 310-4455 for more information.

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    Province to pay evacuees from High Level

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  • From the Province of Alberta

    Help is on the way for wildfire evacuees

    Residents of northwest Alberta who were evacuated under mandatory order due to wildfire will receive funding of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent child.

    Evacuees can begin registering for their MyAlberta digital ID anytime and can apply for emergency payments beginning Sunday at noon. Funds can take up to 24 hours to flow into accounts. Debit cards will be available starting Monday for those who are unable to receive e-transfers.

    “Our government is committed to ensuring no one is left behind as a result of this wildfire. That means supporting evacuees with their short-term financial needs while they are away from their homes and communities. We understand the significant stress evacuees are under right now, and will be there for them in their time of need.”Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs

    “These one-time emergency payments will help defray the costs that residents have incurred because of the mandatory evacuation order. We hope that sharing the costs of day-to-day, essential expenses will provide some peace of mind for residents during this stressful time.”Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services

    “Conditions in northwest Alberta remain dangerous and still require caution. These emergency payments will make it easier for families to be out of their homes until it is safe to return.”Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

    Quick facts

    • Local updates can be found at:
    • Information on the process can be found at www.alberta.ca/emergency
    • You can apply for your evacuation payment at www.account.alberta.ca/signin
    • The application will ask you to log in to your MyAlberta Digital Identity account. If you don’t have an account, you’ll be able to sign up for one through the evacuation payment application.
    • To receive your payment via Interac e-Transfer, you will also need a personal email address.
    • Persons unable to register electronically or seeking a debit card instead of e-transfer should visit one of the reception centers starting Monday located at:

    Slave Lake Legacy Centre
    400 6 Avenue
    1-800-863-6582

    High Prairie Sports Palace
    5409 49 Street
    780-843-9563

    Peace River Misery Mountain Ski Hill
    10408 – 89 Street
    780-624-4881

    La Crete
    25411 TWP RD 1060, south of La Crete
    780-928-4447 (If you can’t get through, keep trying and refrain from leaving a message. You can also call the Incident Command Centre at 780-927-3718)

    Grande Prairie Regional College
    10726 106 Avenue

    Fort Vermilion Community Cultural Complex
    5001 44 Avenue

    Hay River Dene Wellness Centre
    In K’ atl’ Odeeche First Nation, located 17 kilometres east of Hay River
    1-867-874-2652

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