Category: Oil & Gas

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Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

March 19, 2019

On judicial review, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench overturned a ministerial decision of the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE) regarding costs incurred by an oil sands project owner in Fort Hills Energy Corporation v. Alberta (Minister of Energy). The case was decided on a standard of reasonableness and is the first to interpret and articulate the underlying policy of…

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2019 Trends

February 6, 2019

The Blakes Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2019 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2019 may hold based on significant developments we observed in the Canadian deal environment.

Supreme Court of Canada Overturns Alberta Court of Appeal in Redwater Decision

January 31, 2019

On January 31, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in Orphan Well Association, et. al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et. al. – a case commonly known as Redwater. The majority overturned the Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision and found that certain sections of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act (OCGA) and Pipeline Act (PA) do not conflict with the scheme of…

Saskatchewan PST Exemption Reinstated for Equipment Used in the Oil and Gas Industry

January 28, 2019

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance has reinstated a previously repealed provincial sales tax (PST) exemption on permanently mounted equipment (PME) used in the oil and gas industry. As a retroactive change, PST that had been paid on now-exempt equipment can be claimed back as refunds (as tax paid in error).   BACKGROUND Historically, Order in Council 1436/67 (dated August 16,…

Drones: A New Way Forward

January 9, 2019

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), dominated the media for all the wrong reasons at the end of 2018. The recent drone-related closures of Gatwick and Heathrow airports have refocused the public’s attention on drone regulation. The Canadian UAV industry has been anxiously awaiting the modernization of the regulation of UAV operations within visual line-of-sight (VLOS). While draft…

Selected Tax Measures from the 2018 Fall Economic Statement: Changes for Capital Assets, Canadian Journalism

November 22, 2018

On November 21, 2018, Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (Statement), which includes significant tax changes that take effect immediately. This bulletin highlights two tax measures included in the Statement: changes to Canadian tax depreciation rates for new investments in capital assets, and measures designed to support Canadian journalism. ACCELERATED TAX DEPRECIATION FOR NEW…

Canada Details Federal Carbon Pricing System in Face of Increasing Opposition

October 26, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Government of Canada announced additional details regarding the federal carbon pricing system and published draft regulations amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). A federal fuel charge of C$20 per tonne of carbon emissions will come into effect in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan in April 2019 and in Yukon and Nunavut in…

The Ins and Outs of Canada’s New Trade Agreement and NAFTA Replacement, the USMCA

October 3, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States resolved outstanding trade issues and announced that they, together with Mexico, agreed to a trilateral United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Once ratified, the USMCA will replace the existing trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has been in place between the three countries since 1994. BACKGROUND The USMCA represents an agreement…

The Future of Canadian Corporate Criminal Enforcement: Deferred Prosecution Agreements Now Available in Canada

September 21, 2018

Recent amendments to the Criminal Code signify an important development in Canada’s white-collar enforcement landscape. The new amendments, which came into effect on September 19, 2018, establish a Canadian deferred prosecution regime. Prosecutors will now have the option of entering into “remediation agreements” (RAs) with companies accused of offences. RAs are the Canadian equivalent of American and U.K. deferred prosecution…

B.C. Restricts Oil and Gas Developments in Blueberry River First Nation Territory

July 27, 2018

The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) recently announced new interim measures for oil and gas developments in Blueberry River First Nation (BRFN) traditional territory. The interim measures address concerns raised by BRFN with respect to new oil and gas development activities by prohibiting or restricting new surface disturbance in defined critical areas of BRFN territory, while managing development…

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