Farmers lose — and weeds win — when energy companies walk away

When well sites are abandoned, the rent cheques 
often stop while the noxious weeds flourish By Jeff Melchior Published: October 9, 2019Alberta Farmer Express  “Kochia six feet tall and completely covering the whole leases. We have many that look like this. When I phone, no one even answers the phones.” This tweet from Lethbridge-area farmer […]

Landowners’ rights in danger of being eroded, says advocate

Energy association wants review process streamlined, which could limit the ability to raise concerns By Jeff Melchior Published: October 9, 2019 Alberta Farmer Express A growing number of abandoned energy leases in Alberta might make farmers wonder if it’s worth allowing an energy company to come onto their land in the first place. However, a […]

Alberta Energy Regulator’s former CEO grossly mismanaged public funds to create international centre: auditor

Former CEO displayed ‘reckless and wilful disregard’ for the proper management of public funds, report says. Tony Seskus · CBC News · Posted: Oct 04, 2019 1:03 PM ET | Last Updated: October 4 Jim Ellis, shown in an old promotional photo, grossly mismanaged public funds while president of the Alberta Energy Regulator and the […]

AER overhaul a dangerous game

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion September 11, 2019 Grant Sprague and Bev Yee, Alberta deputy ministers of energy and environment respectively, are very capable senior bureaucrats. Here’s hoping they bring to bear all their skills for the review of the Alberta Energy Regulator. They should keep in mind that the review ought not to be the […]

Alberta oil and gas producer cleanup cost estimates set too low, coalition says

By Dan HealingThe Canadian Press          Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. chairman Murray Edwards, left, prepares to address the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on May 9, 2019. The Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project says the province’s largest oil and gas companies are underestimating how much it will cost to clean up thousands of oil and gas wells […]

Limited Partnership Provides Valuable New Revenue for Piikani Nation

Altalink News Releases June 4, 2019 CALGARY, ALBERTA — (Globe Newswire – June 4, 2019) – A recently approved limited partnership provides the Piikani Nation the opportunity to make an equity investment in the transmission infrastructure that crosses their land and delivers a valuable new revenue stream for the First Nation. “It’s great to see that this Piikani […]

Renuwell Project

ASRA has been greatly concerned

Action Surface Rights Members, As you are well aware, ASRA has been greatly concerned with the proliferation of inactive and Orphan Wells over the last couple of years. In fact we intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Redwater affair to make sure that any leftover assets of Bankrupt Operators went to reclaim surface leases […]

Farmers call for strong political response to expanding trade obstacles for Canada

By Andy Blatchford The Canadian Press April 9, 2019 Canola farmers whose livelihoods have been targeted by China in its feud with Canada say it’s time for the federal government to be aggressive at the political level in its fight against a growing number of agricultural trade barriers around the world. Several producers told two […]

Cleanup of Alberta’s Abandoned Oil Wells Could Cost $70 Billion

If companies can’t pay, taxpayers could be on the hook. Scattered across Alberta are more than 300,000 oil and gas wells. About 167,000 of them are inactive and abandoned wells that a coalition of landowners, researchers and former regulators call a “ticking time bomb” that will eventually leak, polluting farmlands, forests, waterways and even playgrounds. […]

Alberta’s Mega Oil and Gas Liability Crisis, Explained

A Supreme Court ruling now forces firms to clean up abandoned wells before paying creditors. That doesn’t solve much. By Andrew Nikiforuk 4 Feb 2019 | How will Alberta find the billions of dollars needed to clean up its inactive pipelines, wells, plants and oilsands mines as the oil and gas industry enters its […]

Owners must deal with old oil wells: high court 

Canada Press 3 days ago OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says the trustee for a bankrupt Alberta energy company cannot simply walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up. The high court’s 5-2 ruling overturns an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that upheld a 2016 decision in the […]

Solar, wind not reliable power

Follow @Leth_Herald on twitter Lethbridge Herald By Letter to the Editor on January 30, 2019. Our provincial NDP government is clearly attempting to ram as much solar and wind power as possible onto our electrical grid before likely losing this spring’s election. They are doing this using an auction format to give the process the […]

Pincher Creek MPC rejects wind project

Follow @LethHerald on twitter December 1, 2018. Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald -PINCHER CREEK [email protected] In a case which could have implications for the provincial government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy generation, the Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek, which has one of the largest densities of wind farms in southern Alberta, rejected […]

The story of Alberta’s $100-billion well liability problem. How did we get here?

The Narwhal Sharon J. Riley Alberta investigative reporter Landowners once promised a fair share for hosting oil and gas infrastructure on their properties say Alberta’s liability management system is broken. They’re worried the regulator has long been propping up the industry by exaggerating profits and underestimating the costs of cleanup — often leaving landowners with […]

The truth about dairy farming in Canada

by Kyle Edwards Oct 4, 2018 With producers predicting more than $1 billion in losses and demanding compensation, we took a hard look at the state of the industry—here and across the border The morning after the U.S. and Canada reached a deal to save NAFTA, the Dairy Farmers of Canada put out a press […]

Alberta dairy farmer explains why he’s disappointed with NAFTA replacement

By Kyle Benning Videographer Global News Conrad van Hierden says he is feeling a little sour following the Canadian government’s announcement that they have reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The dairy farmer from Fort Macleod says he is sick of being used as a pawn after learning of […]

Alberta milk producers slam new North American trade agreement: ‘What do I do now?’

By Kaylen Small Online Journalist Global News Under the newly-negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), American dairy producers will get expanded access into the Canadian market. Alberta Milk said the province’s more than 520 dairy farms will now be told to produce less milk, resulting in a smaller paycheque. Mike Southwood, general manager of Alberta Milk, is […]

Canadian dairy farmers slam new trade agreement, say it will have ‘dramatic impact’

By Staff The Canadian Press October 1, 2018 WASHINGTON – Canadian dairy farmers are panning the renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, saying the deal will undercut the industry by limiting exports and opening up the market to more American products. Dairy Farmers of Canada issued a terse statement soon after the […]

RCMP, Alberta government say plan to fight rural crime is paying off

Lauren Krugel AIRDRIE, Alta. The Canadian Press Published September 4, 2018 The Alberta government and RCMP say rural property crime fell by 11 per cent in the first half of this year thanks to a new policing strategy that targets the most prolific offenders. In March, the province announced $10-million in funding to hire more […]

Notley pulling Alberta out of federal climate plan after latest Trans Mountain pipeline setback

By Phil Heidenreich Online journalist   Global News Hours after a stunning Federal Court of Appeal decision in which Ottawa’s approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was overturned, Premier Rachel Notley addressed Albertans about the latest hurdle to come before the project and dropped a political bombshell of her own. “Signing on to […]

Trans Mountain pipeline court decision ‘a real sad day for Alberta,’ says energy expert

By Spencer Gallichan-Lowe Online journalist Global News Reaction to the Federal Court decision to quash the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project from Alberta stakeholders was swift on Thursday. “It’s a real sad for Alberta and for Canada in terms of what it’s going to mean for our economy,” said Richard Masson, executive fellow at the […]

The Redwater Decision – Why citizens may soon be liable for more oil and gas industry messes

By Michael Ganley June 26, 2018 All across this province, from the banks of the Peace River to the barley fields of Lethbridge County, 155,000 holes have been drilled in the ground that share four characteristics: They were made to release oil and gas from the Earth’s crust; they’ve produced as much hydrocarbon as they’re […]

Farmers play waiting game as flooding delays seeding

  Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald [email protected] April 18, 2018 During this time last year, local farmer Colten Bodie was seeding his land, but this year’s unusual weather and overland flooding will cause delays. He estimates about 40 per cent of his farmland in Lethbridge County is underwater. While in the short term overland flooding in […]

Overland flooding in area results in other concerns

Dave Mabell April 18, 2018 Lethbridge Herald [email protected] While southern Alberta crews continue the battle against overland flooding, officials have issued warnings about additional dangers. Landowners who depend on cisterns and wells which have been flooded are being warned not to use the water – but to consider it contaminated. Owners are, meanwhile, being asked […]

High snowpack across Alberta has river forecasters on alert this spring The immediate concern is in low-lying areas on the prairies

Colette Derworiz CBC News Posted: Apr 08, 2018 7:40 PM Provincial officials are keeping a close eye on creeks and streams across Alberta as temperatures start to rise. During last week’s monthly snow survey by Alberta Environment and Parks, all of the river basins across the province still had higher than average snowpacks. “In the […]

Alberta power system in a state of change

March 23, 2018 Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald [email protected] Albertans will see plenty of change in their electrical power system over the next decade. As coal-fired generating plants are retired, natural gas thermal facilities will take their place. Meanwhile wind, solar and other renewable resources will be developed to provide up to 30 per cent of […]

Rural landowners ‘free prey’ – Rural residents worried about crime, property rights

Lethbridge Herald 13 Mar 2018 Lauren Krugel THE CANADIAN PRESS David Reid says he’s become more diligent about locking up on the land his family has farmed in Alberta for more than a century and is more watchful of strange vehicles along rural side roads. “Neighbours have been broken into in the middle of the […]

Oil firm ceasing operations, leaving thousands of Alberta wells untended

By Staff The Canadian Press Sat, Oct 31: They are littered across the country and practically cover Alberta- oil and gas wells that have done their time and no longer in use. Once an oil well is no longer in use, the company is responsible for shutting it down and bringing the land back to […]

Ag Expo and North American Seed Fair take over Exhibition Park

By Martin, Tijana on February 27, 2018. Joel Maljaars helps set up a robotic milking system from GEA Farm Technologies at the Lethbridge Dairy Mart Ltd. booth at Exhibition Park on Monday in advance of the annual South Country Co-op Ag Expo and North American Seed Fair. Herald photo by Tijana Martin @TMartinHerald Tijana Martin […]

Grain industry raising concerns over growing backlog of grain shipments

By The Canadian Press on February 26, 2018. CALGARY – Grain shippers and producers are raising concerns about a growing backlog of rail shipments that they say is leading to lost sales and unreliable exports. The Ag Transport Coalition that represents several grain associations says that car order fulfilments from Canada’s two major railways was […]

New enviro assessment bill revealed – New system will provide clarity about how process works for energy projects

Lethbridge Herald 9 Feb 2018 Mia Rabson THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Catharine McKenna Major new energy projects will have to be assessed and either approved or denied within two years under a massive new national assessment bill being introduced in the House of Commons. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who introduced the 341-page Impact Assessment […]

Farmers don’t want to be left holding the bag when wells abandoned

Daryl Bennett is director of the Action Surface Rights Association and a farmer with experience representing land owners in Alberta for the past 10 years. His group will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada to oppose the legal ruling in the Redwater case, which frees creditors from covering the cost of old wells when […]

Fight over abandoned oil wells heads to the Supreme Court

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Farmers join top court fight against wells

Lethbridge Herald 19 Jan 2018 A group with the support of thousands of farmers will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada to oppose a legal ruling that allows energy companies to walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land. The court announced Thursday that it will hear from the Action Surface Rights Association in […]

Record heat hits southern Alberta

By Jodi Hughes Weather Anchor Global News Many Albertans have been enjoying an unusually warm start to December, with some locations 15 degrees above average. Lethbridge and Grande Prairie both set new record highs Friday, with temperatures above 14C, while Calgary, Sundre and Claresholm were all notably close to new records. On Saturday, Calgary officially […]

Alberta man with vision loss auctions off rare collection of farm equipment he’s repaired over 50 years

By Katelyn Wilson WATCH: A rare auction over the weekend in Enchant saw a lifetime collection of vintage farm equipment, over 400 items sold off. Interesting the collector lost his sight 40 years ago but still does all of the restoration work himself. Katelyn Wilson reports. A rare auction over the weekend in Enchant, Alta., […]

Alberta urged to compensate farmers to make up costs of health and safety rules

By Dean Bennett The Canadian Press An Alberta government panel is recommending the province subsidize farmers and ranchers to offset costs of new occupational health and safety rules. The panel said the long list of requirements in the occupational health and safety code, “when added up, may be significant for some and may be perceived […]

Threat of NAFTA collapse, weak inflation put Bank of Canada on hold

FRED CHARTRAND THE CANADIAN PRESS October 25, 2017 Canada’s central bank is hitting the pause button on hiking interest rates in the face of surprisingly weak inflation and the threat of NAFTA’s demise. The Bank of Canada kept its key overnight rate unchanged at 1 per cent Wednesday and appeared to push further down the […]

What if NAFTA ended? These would be Canada’s hardest-hit provinces, industries

By Jesse Ferreras National Online Journalist Global News After four rounds of talks, negotiations around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) aren’t exactly going smoothly, with proposals that could have serious implications for certain Canadian provinces. On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized a series of proposals that the United States has advanced […]

As U.S. shocks with NAFTA demands, Canada and Mexico ask: What does Trump want?

News 07:07 PM by Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press Hamilton Spectator ARLINGTON, United States — The chief U.S. negotiator shrugged his shoulders when asked about signs of trouble in the NAFTA talks on Sunday. John Melle pulled open a door, entered a work room, and offered a one-word reply about how it’s going. “Fabulous,” he […]

U.S. slow to present specifics on key NAFTA demands Canada still optimistic deal can be renegotiated by the end of the year

By Katie Simpson CBC News Posted: Sep 22, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 22, 2017 4:27 PM ET U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate NAFTA unless his country gets what it wants. A source says Canadian officials are anticipating a change in tone from U.S. negotiators, given these negative statements. The […]

U.S. wants 5-year ‘sunset clause’ in NAFTA: Ross NAFTA

NAFTA, Trump and Canada: A guide to the trade file and what it could mean for you In this April 21, 2008 file photo, national flags representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico fly in the breeze in New Orleans where leaders of the North American Free Trade Agreement met. (A P Photo/Judi Bottoni, File) […]


9 Sep 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS – CALGARY Alberta’s energy minister is calling a decision by Canada’s national energy regulator to consider indirect greenhouse gas emissions in evaluating a multi-billion-dollar pipeline an “historic overreach” that could cast a chill over the future of energy development. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd said it’s inappropriate for the National […]

Farmers turning to specialized forecasting – Service plants weather stations throughout property

Lethbridge Herald 12 Aug 2017 Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming. “We use every tool in the toolbox we can get our hands on to try and […]


Lethbridge Herald 12 Aug 2017 Faron Ellis and George Rigaux Much was said about vote splitting during the run-up to Wildrose and PC members’ endorsement of the United Conservative Party. Since then, more speculation about how many former PC and Wildrose voters the UCP will attract has ensued. Unfortunately, the simple math most often used […]

Political entrepreneurship and UCP

GUEST COLUMN Lethbridge Herald 5 Aug 2017 Faron Ellis and George Rigaux First of four parts Following the decisive votes by both Wildrose and Progressive Conservative members in support of merging their parties into the new United Conservative Party (UCP), many headlines have posed the quite reasonable question: what comes next? Beginning today, and over […]

Party merger sparks unrest Splinter groups forming in province

Lethbridge Herald 5 Aug 2017 Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY The merger of Alberta’s two conservative parties is prompting some disaffected members to form splinter parties of their own despite warnings from experts that the move is unlikely to affect the next provincial election. Members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and […]

Can Alberta get land use right?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 29, 2017. Lorne Fitch and Kevin Van Tighem The best of planning anticipates and prepares for future excellence. The worst simply perpetuates past failures. Recreation planning currently underway for the spectacular public lands of Alberta’s Oldman drainage and Porcupine Hills appears aimed at the muddy middle. We can do […]


Lethbridge Herald 25 Jul 2017 Dave Mabell With his “unite the right” campaign successful, Jason Kenney is now expected to run for the leadership of the new United Conservative Party. But his victory is not inevitable, says political scientist Faron Ellis. Wildrose leader Brian Jean will be running against Kenney. And Ellis, political science instructor […]


Lethbridge Herald 24 Jul 2017 Dean Bennett The former president of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives says some members feel adrift after a majority voted to embrace a new party, effectively consigning one of Canada’s great political brands to the ash heap of history. Katherine O’Neill, in an interview Sunday, said she’s been hearing from many PC […]

Albertans need to be kept informed about electricity system

Lethbridge Herald 23 Jul 2017 It is good to see that The Herald has undertaken a review of Alberta’s electricity supply system (“Power demand not taxing system,” by Dave Mabell, on July 14.) Mr. Mabell provides some useful generating capacity statistics from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and concludes our existing electrical system is […]

Alta. right united again – PCs and Wil­drose ap­prove merger of two par­ties

  Lethbridge Herald 23 Jul 2017 Dean Bennett Alberta’s political landscape profoundly shifted Saturday as its two main conservative parties — enemies for a decade — overwhelmingly agreed to end their feud and work as one to defeat Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP. In separate votes, members of the Wildrose party and the Progressive Conservatives voted […]

Trump to reveal his hopes for NAFTA renegotiation

CTV News Channel: Protecting U.S. dairy priority Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Published Monday, July 17, 2017 4:11AM EDT WASHINGTON – After campaigning and complaining about NAFTA for two years, Donald Trump is about to start doing some explaining: the U.S. president is poised to release a list as early as today revealing how he […]


Lethbridge Herald 17 Jul 2017 Jessica Smith Cross THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian Press photoBryan Maynard, a co-owner of Farmboys Inc., along with his brother Kyle, is seen in one of their potato fields in Richmond, Prince Edward Island. Maynard is calling on families to talk about the future of their farms. A growing number of […]

Aging farmers with no succession plans put future of Canadian family farms at risk 92 per cent of Canadian farms have no transition plan ready, Stats Can says

By Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 16, 2017 12:49 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 16, 2017 12:54 PM ET Statistics Canada reports that 92 per cent of Canadian farms have no written transition plan ready for when the current operator retires. Statistics Canada reports that 92 per cent of Canadian farms have […]


6 Jul 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY ’’ The entire provincial scheme for protecting Albertans from the abandonment costs in relation to non-productive wells is seriously compromised. – Nigel Bankes – University of Calgary Alberta’s energy regulator has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to review a ruling that could allow energy […]

Watchdog must be impartial

14 Jun 2017 Lethbridge Herald OUR EDITORIAL: WHAT WE THINK One of the most important qualifications in adjudicating matters of any kind is impartiality. Whether it involves a judge in a court case, a referee officiating a game, an arbitrator handling a labour mediation or a volunteer judging jams at a local fair, it’s vital […]


14 Jun 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur THE FRASER INSTITUTE – VANCOUVER Over the past decade, Ontario emerged as the poster child for poor fiscal management in Canada, due largely to the province’s deep run of deficits. However, thanks to a decade of rapid spending growth and painful decline in oil prices, […]

Quebec mayors make case for ‘win-win agreement’ in softwood lumber dispute

Union of Quebec Municipalities holds meetings in Washington, D.C. CBC News Posted: May 16, 2017 10:37 AM ETLast Updated: May 16, 2017 11:52 AM ET A truck carrying wood goes through the customs checkpointin Champlain, N.Y. Canadian lumber imports into the United States face new duties ranging from three to 24 per cent. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian […]

Facing Trump’s tariffs, Quebec launches campaign to promote softwood lumber

Presse Canadienne Published on: May 15, 2017 | Last Updated: May 15, 2017 4:29 PM EDT Still from a promotional video for the campaign “Une forêt de possibilités” funded by the Quebec government and Quebec Forest Industry Council. Une forêt de possibilités / YouTube Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard doesn’t expect the federal government to loan […]

Alberta’s electricity future blowin’ in the wind

Conference on wind energy told Alberta has great potential for more wind power By Nola Keeler, CBC News Posted: May 09, 2017 1:44 PM MTLast Updated: May 09, 2017 1:44 PM MT Alberta could see up to nearly a third of its energy coming from wind generation and other renewable energy sources in the next 15 […]

Canada weighing multiple trade actions against U.S. over softwood lumber dispute

Federal government considering retaliatory duties on goods from Oregon, ban on coal exports through B.C. By Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press Posted: May 05, 2017 3:36 PM ET Last Updated: May 05, 2017 3:49 PM ET Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written B.C premier Clark to tell her he is considering request for a ban […]

Tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber will hurt jobs, US companies warn

By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press Stacks of lumber are shown at NMV Lumber in Merritt, B.C., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Several American companies that rely on Canadian softwood say thousands of American jobs are at risk unless the U.S. Department of Commerce exempts them from hefty duties imposed on imported softwood lumber. Stacks of […]

Why Trump is fighting Canada on softwood lumber and dairy

By Vicki Needham 05/02/17 06:00 AM EDT The Hill  © Getty Images © Getty Images Two arcane and long-standing fights are at the center of President Trump’s trade war with Canada. The U.S. has been battling with Canada over softwood lumber since the 1980s, and disputes over dairy protections have been a persistent irritant in […]

LEGER: Dairy and softwood bluster is pure Trump posturing

DAN LEGER Published May 1, 2017 – 5:00am Last Updated May 1, 2017 – 8:49am Herald Opinions U.S. President Donald Trump’s bluster regarding softwood lumber and dairy products is his latest grasping attempt to seem tough while, in actuality, his style leads to nothing but pure chaos. (Jacques Boissinot/CP)  All that is old becomes new […]

‘Everything is on the table’: Alberta communities react to U.S. softwood lumber tariffs

Stuart Thomson Published on: May 1, 2017 | Last Updated: May 1, 2017 6:00 AM MDT Edmonton Journal High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer worries the lumber industry will be paralyzed by the uncertainty caused by recent tariffs imposed by the U.S. Ed Kaiser / Edmonton Journal Alberta’s forestry communities are in an impossible spot after new […]

Corporate Canada warns of Trump’s tax-cut plan

27 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald Andy Blatchford THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA TRUMP TAX CUTS WOULD HURT CANADA: INDUSTRY Corporate Canada is bracing for the latest economic challenge out of Washington: a tax cutting plan for U.S. businesses that many fear would pose a considerable threat to Canadian competitiveness as well as Ottawa’s bottom line. […]

China may be new market

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says selling more Canadian softwood lumber to China is one answer to the latest trade dispute with the U.S. Speaking from Beijing, Champagne says Canada’s pitch is resonating in China because softwood is an environmentally friendly building material that can satisfy […]

Clark warns of knee-jerk response to softwood fight

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — VANCOUVER British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is warning against knee-jerk reactions to duties imposed on Canadian softwood lumber by the United States. The lumber tariffs come into effect May 1 but Clark says Canada should be careful not to do anything that would jeopardize negotiations. The […]

Trump team signals desire of a new look for NAFTA

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald Alexander Panetta THE CANADIAN PRESS — WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s surprisingly caustic complaints about trade with Canada in recent days could be setting the stage for a broader renegotiation than previously signalled of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The administration is suddenly suggesting that irritants like dairy and softwood […]


26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald Paul Wiseman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he’s drawn a new target — Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada’s barriers to U.S. dairy products — disputes that […]

Education the focus of Bill 6 so far

7 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] Early implementation of the NDP’s farm safety bill has been focused on education, says an investigator involved in the process. Mike Rappel is an Occupational Health and Safety investigations manager who has been part of organizing the farm and ranch team responsible for inspecting farm, ranch and […]

Alta. gov’t earmarks money for watersheds – Grants to total $12M

23 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON The NDP government is working towards protecting Alberta’s watersheds with a series of multiyear grants totalling $12 million. Officials say the announcement coincides with World Water Day, a date devoted to tackling the world’s water crisis. The plan will see $3.2 million for each of […]

Budget gives $30M for Alta. orphan wells

23 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says $30 million the federal government is giving to the province for the oil and gas industry is good news. She says her government will use the money to focus on reclaiming orphan oil wells and getting oilfield workers back to […]

Phillips answers critics of Alta. energy plan

20 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] MINISTER SAYS SELECTION OF ONTARIO BUSINESS STEMMED FROM PREVIOUS GOV’T’S LACK OF PLAN The Wildrose wants Albertans to pay more for their energy, and the Progressive Conservative party wants the province to do nothing when it comes to improving energy efficiency, says Alberta’s environment minister. Speaking at […]

PC leader still faces hurdles

20 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dave Mabell LETHBRIDGE HERALD [email protected] POLL SUGGESTS JEAN IS PREFERRED CHOICE AS LEADER OF RIGHT Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney dominated the vote in his bid to take over the provincial Tories on Saturday. But Lethbridge political scientist Faron Ellis says what’s expected to follow — steps to merge […]

Kenney pushes unity concept

20 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY NEWLY ELECTED PC LEADER TO MEET WITH BRIAN JEAN OF WILDROSE PARTY TODAY Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says the wheels are in motion on his unite-the-right plan, with the goal of a new party and an elected leader in place a […]

Jason Kenney new PC leader – Conservative wants to unite the right

19 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY Jason Kenney is the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives. Kenney, 48, captured 1,113 of 1,476 votes cast in the party’s first delegated convention since 1985. Richard Starke, a sitting PC legislature member, was second with 323 votes. Longtime party member Byron Nelson […]

Save planet by keeping coal-fired power plants

26 Feb 2017 Lethbridge Herald LETTERS Re: “Green incentive program ready by March.” My goodness, Shannon! How nice of you to help us save month. You plan to spend $648 million over the next five years. That’s over $171 million a year. Money you don’t got. How’s that for saving us money? All that borrowed […]

Alberta carbon tax a divisive issue

25 Feb 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dave Mabell POLLS SHOWS MOST CITY RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO PROVINCIAL LEVY If you vote NDP, you likely support Alberta’s new carbon levy. If not, you’re probably among more than 64 per cent of Lethbridge citizens who say they’re opposed to the carbon tax and rebate program launched by the government […]

Line upgrades hiking electricity costs

February 24, 2017. Albertans can’t expect relief on their bills soon J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald [email protected] Albertans can expect a few more years of rising electricity costs during the provincial phase-out of coal-fired electricity in favour of renewables and natural gas. But those increases will be coming from infrastructure projects greenlit by the previous government, […]

AER shuts down all Lexin Resources operations

Alberta Energy Regulator has no confidence in Calgary oil and gas producer can operate safety February 16, 2017 The Canadian Press by Dan Healing CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator is taking the unusual step of shutting down all Lexin Resources operations, accusing the Calgary-based oil and gas producer of ignoring orders and regulations for […]

Alberta shuts down Lexin Resources, leaving big mess to clean up

‘We have not issued an order like this to a company this size,’ AER spokesman says Tracy Johnson · CBC News CANADA-ENERGY/ The Alberta Energy Regulator will shut down 1,600 sites, including 1,380 wells owned by Lexin Resources. (Todd Korol/Reuters) 1.6k shares The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has suspended the operation of natural gas and […]


9 Feb 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY Anew report from the University of Calgary says there should be time limits on how long oil and gas wells in Alberta can be kept on standby because of the growing liability overhang. Oil and gas producers partially close off, or suspend, wells […]

Wildrose open to PC merger

27 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Jean says merger would be done under Wildrose rules Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has opened the door to uniting with the Progressive Conservatives to end more than a decade of bruising political infighting between Alberta’s centre-right parties. But Jean said if it’s going […]

TransCanada renews Keystone XL application

27 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new presidential permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The application comes only days after U.S. President Donald Trump asked the company to reapply and signed an order to help […]

New review halts Energy East pipeline plan

28 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY NEB to restart hearings TransCanada won’t be getting a regulatory decision on its Energy East pipeline any time soon. The National Energy Board panel tasked with reviewing the $15.7-billion project decided Friday to throw out nearly two years of decisions made by the […]


23 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — HONOLULU States that depend heavily on federal renewable energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department, are unsure what to expect with Donald Trump in the White House President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, […]

Water charter proposed for southern Alberta

22 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Stephanie Labbe Southern Alberta Newspapers The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is excited for its new proposed Water Charter 2017 which is targeted to benefit the southwest part of the province. Anna Garleff, communications specialist for the OWC, says this water charter is important because it is a formal confirmation from […]

Myths hurting beef industry: consultant

20 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] The disconnect between the agriculture industry and consumers, and the truth behind some of the myths surrounding the beef industry, were explored by guest speaker Jude Capper at this year’s Tiffin Conference. “( The disconnect) seems to be getting bigger with the rise of media people who […]

Regulator not liable in fracking suit

14 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Jim Bronskill THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Supreme Court rules against woman The Supreme Court of Canada says an Alberta woman cannot sue the province’s energy regulator as part of her claim that hydraulic fracturing so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire. In a […]


13 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS — HANNA Two small western towns where coal is king look to the future in uncertain times The companies come and go, but the coal remains. It’s been the major provider here. – Joe Jarina – Retired Sparwood coal miner There’s a lot of speculation […]

Carbon tax debate a complex issue

Letters to the Editor 5 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Much of the debate over the recently enacted carbon tax, it seems to me, misses the point. The debate is often portrayed as a struggle between business people and consumers on the one hand, and unyielding environmentalists on the other. Actually, it is a little more […]


5 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Ric McIver has been fined for a conflict of interest for publicly calling for changes in electricity pricing in a way that could benefit his wife’s company. “I do not believe that Mr. McIver was intending to protect his […]

Analysis ‘It’s tricky’: Why there’s no magic number for an effective carbon tax

A look at 25 years of carbon tax history around the world to see what works By Tracy Johnson, CBC News Posted: Jan 03, 2017 3:00 AM MTLast Updated: Jan 03, 2017 8:16 AM MT Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s climate strategy includes a carbon tax that went into effect on Jan. 1. (Amber Bracken/Canadian Press) Related […]

Site C uproots farm family

13 Dec 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — VICTORIA A farmer in northeast British Columbia is still hopeful that he’ll get to stay in his home, despite an announcement by BC Hydro that the company plans to seize the property to make way for a controversial hydroelectric project. Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro’s president and […]