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United We Roll Convoy for Canada Organizer – nervous and excited.

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  • From Haley Wile, an organizer of the United We Roll Convoy for Canada

    Well, I am heading out on the convoy to Ottawa this morning. I am nervous and excited. I am meeting some amazing fellow Canadians who are willing to stand up for what they believe in. My main goals are to unite Canada, and (as a maritimer) to tell the east not to vote Liberal. I love Alberta and my heart breaks over the suffering that is taking place in the west. Please wish us the best on this history making adventure. I love Canada. 🇨🇦
    #unitedwerollforcanada #peacefulprotest
    #standupforwhatyoubelievein


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    Alberta Achievement – Teck, Cenovus Energy and Imperial relinquish leases to add to the largest boreal protected land in the world

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  • The Ronald Lake Bison Herd in the newly established Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland

    From the Province of Alberta

    Historic agreement protects northern boreal forest

    The newly created Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland conserves natural landscapes and watersheds, while supporting traditional Indigenous uses and sustainable development.

    The wildland will preserve more than 160,000 hectares of land just south of Wood Buffalo National Park, protecting the Peace-Athabasca watershed and increasing ecological integrity and habitat for species at risk such as woodland caribou and the Ronald Lake Bison herd. Kitaskino Nuwenëné means “our land” in both Cree and Dene.

    “This is a truly remarkable accomplishment and I’m thrilled that industry, government and Indigenous communities worked together to make this boreal protection plan a reality. The Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland will help sustain local wildlife, protect critical watersheds and ensure the exercise of treaty rights and traditional uses for future generations to come.”

    Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister responsible for the Climate Change Office

    Initially proposed by Mikisew Cree First Nation, the wildland will safeguard their way of life while addressing concerns raised in a 2016 UNESCO report on Wood Buffalo National Park. It adds to the largest contiguous area of boreal protected land in the world.

    “I am excited to be working together with the Province of Alberta, Mikisew Cree First Nation, industry partners and other Indigenous communities on this Quick Start project as part of Canada’s Nature Legacy. This is a great example of what can happen when we work together to protect important habitat for species at risk, like caribou and bison. This is an important milestone in creation and conservation which will help us reach our goal of doubling the amount of nature we’re protecting in Canada’s lands and oceans.”

    Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change

    “We applaud the establishment of the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland. Protecting this area is part of Mikisew’s stewardship vision for our lands and waters. This new park will help conserve areas that are important to our people and provide greater certainty that Mikisew ancestral lands can be monitored and better protected. We appreciate the collaborative efforts by industry and the provincial and federal governments to make this park a reality and their recognition of our inherent commitment to protecting our rights, Wood Buffalo National Park, the Peace Athabasca Delta and resources like the Ronald Lake Bison Herd. Articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are more clearly visible with this successful collaboration.”

    Chief Archie Waquan, Mikisew Cree First Nation

    By voluntarily relinquishing oilsands and mining leases in response to Indigenous Peoples’ concerns, industry champions Teck, Cenovus Energy and Imperial played a vital role in securing the land base for the new wildland.

    “The creation of this new protected area shows what is possible when Indigenous communities, government and industry build strong relationships and work together. Teck is honoured to have worked closely with Indigenous communities, especially the Mikisew Cree First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, to preserve this culturally – and ecologically – important region.”

    Kieron McFadyen, senior vice-president, Energy, Teck Resources Ltd.

    “Imperial is pleased to support the work by the Mikisew Cree First Nation to champion this significant community-industry-government initiative leading to the creation of this new protected area. This area of high biodiversity potential supports the ecological integrity of Wood Buffalo National Park and promotes the long-term stewardship of areas and resources that are critical to the continuation of Indigenous rights and cultures.”

    John Whelan, senior vice-president, Upstream, Imperial

    Previously proposed as the Biodiversity Stewardship Area, the new wildland is the result of months of collaborative discussion between Indigenous groups, industry and other stakeholders, and federal and provincial governments, as well as public consultation.


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    With a boost of up to $200 million from the Province, Inter Pipeline Ltd. investing $600 million in new petrochemical plant east of Edmonton

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  • Premier Notley announces private investment in a new petrochemical upgrading facility alongside David Chappell (r), Patrick Bergen and Pyramid Prefab Piping staff.

    From the Province of Alberta

    Made-in-Alberta plan attracts new jobs, investment

    Alberta is taking a significant step forward on a more diversified economy with a project that supports hundreds of jobs and adds more value to our energy resources.

    If the plan is finalized, Inter Pipeline Ltd. would invest about $600 million in a new petrochemical upgrading facility that would produce more valuable consumer products derived from propane, including acrylic acid that is used in many everyday consumer products. This major private investment is unlocked by support from Premier Rachel Notley’s Made-in-Alberta energy diversification strategy.

    The project would build on the company’s supply and knowledge of propylene, a product it already produces at the company’s other petrochemical facilities east of Edmonton. Construction would create about 600 jobs with another 50 long-term positions supporting the local economy once the facility is fully up and running.

    “For decades, Albertans settled for less while new jobs and investment went south of the border. So we’re grabbing the bull by the horns, fighting for a Made-in-Alberta plan that represents the single largest energy diversification effort since the days of Peter Lougheed. We’re proud to support upgrading projects like Inter Pipeline’s because they mean more good jobs and top dollar for the energy resources that belong to all Albertans.”

    Rachel Notley, Premier

    Inter Pipeline’s supply of propylene, a gas that results from adding value to raw propane, creates the opportunity to further leverage Alberta’s natural resource strengths and extend the value chain. By producing acrylic acid used in things like adhesives, floor polishes and paints, this project increases the likelihood of attracting investments in more manufacturing facilities in the future.

    “Alberta’s abundance of natural resources has positioned Inter Pipeline to invest in opportunities like this that build on our strengths to extend the value chain and make products that are in demand around the world. We want to commend this government for fostering the environment for companies like ours to grow and create jobs, while competitively positioning our business in the world market.”

    David Chappell, senior vice-president, Petrochemical Development, Inter Pipeline Ltd.

    The announcement was made at Pyramid Prefab Piping, one of the hundreds of companies across the province benefiting from the Made-in-Alberta strategy. As a manufacturer that employs about 45 people in Calgary, Pyramid was contracted to build key components for Inter Pipeline’s project already under construction.

    “We’re pleased to see the government’s vision for the future is focused on jobs and diversification, which will lead to more work for companies like ours to build the components needed for energy upgrading projects. This growth means we can put even more skilled tradespeople to work in the Calgary region and contribute even more to the oil and gas sector.”

    Patrick Bergen, president, Pyramid Prefab Piping

    If finalized by Inter Pipeline, the private investment would be unlocked by provincial support of up to $70 million in future royalty credits under the Petrochemicals Diversification Program, which was first developed in early 2016.

    Quick facts

    • Inter Pipeline’s acrylic acid and propylene derivatives facility would be in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, northeast of Edmonton. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
    • The facility would convert 60,000 tonnes per year of propylene and produce 80,000 tonnes per year of propylene derivatives, including acrylic acid, when operational.
    • Acrylic acid is a value-added product used to make coatings, adhesives, diapers, floor polishes and paints.
    • Roughly 50 skilled, local permanent jobs and 600 skilled trade construction jobs would be created.
    • Inter Pipeline has already been approved to receive up to $200 million in future royalty credits from the first round of the Petrochemicals Diversification Program for the construction its $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

    Background

    Made-in-Alberta energy strategy

    • Premier Notley’s government is investing $3 billion to support energy diversification that creates jobs and adds value to our resources here at home.
    • The focus is on two key areas: partial upgrading of our bitumen and petrochemical processing that adds value to natural gas and natural gas liquids.
    • Overall, this commitment is expected to attract more than $25 billion in private-sector investment to Alberta and create more than 20,000 jobs.

    Petrochemical upgrading

    • Support for the Inter Pipeline facility is provided under the petrochemical portion of the Made-in-Alberta strategy.
    • Two projects – owned by the Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation and Inter Pipeline Ltd. – were selected under the first round of this program, which was announced in 2016. The projects combined for $8 billion in private investment, creating more than 5,000 jobs.
    • The government announced a second round of support for petrochemical upgrading in 2018.
      • Nauticol’s methanol facility was previously selected under the second round of this program. The entire project is a $2-billion private investment in a plant near Grande Prairie, creating roughly 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    • Albertans and Canadians use dozens of products every day that are based in part on petrochemicals like those from Alberta’s growing value-added industry including:
      • polyester fabric couches, HD televisions, phones coffeemakers and computers
      • car tires, engine hoses, gas, oil, radio components and seats
      • desks, chairs, computers, carpets, cellphones and other office supplies

    Partial upgrading of bitumen

    • $1 billion in grants and loan guarantees to encourage companies to invest in new or expanded bitumen-upgrading facilities.
    • Partial upgrading reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without having to be blended with diluent or as much diluent, a thinning agent. Benefits include:
      • increased prices for our resources before shipping
      • up to 30 per cent more capacity on existing pipelines
      • more world refineries capable of processing our product
      • cost savings on diluent for industry
      • fewer emissions by removing high carbon content

    Energy diversification timeline

    • January 2016 – Royalty Review Advisory Panel recommended more value-add within the province, including partial upgrading
    • February 2016 – Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP) introduced
    • October 2016 – Energy Diversification Advisory Committee (EDAC) formed
    • December 2016 – First PDP projects awarded
    • December 2017 – Inter Pipeline finalized investment in petrochemical project
    • February 2018 – EDAC reported back, including recommendation of partial upgrading, more PDP and additional support for petrochemical feedstock infrastructure
    • March 2018 – Government launched programs through the Energy Diversification Act
    • Fall 2018 – oil price differential hit crisis point. In response, government took several actions:
      • Temporary limit on oil production
      • Doubled support for PDP
      • Began crude-by-rail negotiations
      • Appointed LNG Investment Team
      • Request for industry interest in building refining capacity
    • January 2019 – Government announced letter of intent for first partial upgrading project awarded (Value Creation Inc.)
    • February 2019 – Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation  finalized investment in petrochemical project
    • February 2019 – Premier announced crude-by-rail agreements
    • February 2019 – Nauticol awarded first project under second round of PDP


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