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THE FUTURE OF RESPONSIBLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT Development of Canada’s natural resources and gaining access to new global markets is at the forefront of continued national debate. This month, government, industry, business and First Nations leaders are meeting in Fort St. John and Taylor for three days of talks on what the future of responsible resource development looks like in British Columbia. Inside this edition: A special pullout guide to the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition forum, and a look at the status of the oil, gas, coal, forestry, agriculture, hydro and wind sectors in Northeast B.C.

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Is LNG opportunity slipping away or can we make it happen for B.C.?


arlier this month Rich Coleman, British Columbia’s Minister of Natural Gas Development, reported that the owners of the Pacific Northwest LNG project will make a decision on whether to proceed with the project by April 2017. This is later than we’d originally heard. Why the delay? It may be because the owners completed their original costing work on this initiative over four years ago and many things have changed since then. Among them: • Crude oil and natural gas prices around the world have declined dramatically, significantly reducing the cash flow available to the project owners to fund the required capital investment; • Current natural gas prices in Asia (the likely destination of the

LNG produced in Canada) have fallen particularly hard; • Numerous other LNG export facilities in the Pacific basin have already started up, increasing supply and keeping downward pressure on future LNG pricing; • The Panama Canal has been expanded to enable movement of large LNG tankers. This makes it much less expensive for new LNG export facilities like Cheniere Energy Partners’ facility in Louisiana to reach LNG markets in Asia – further increasing the potential future supply; • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency approved the construction of the project but approval is subject to 190 legally binding, but in some cases ambiguous, conditions. The owners will be required to comply with

these conditions before, during and after construction of the LNG terminal. Determining exactly how to comply with each of the conditions and the expected costs of doing so will be challenging. Despite these significant challenges, let’s remember the positives: • The Montney Formation, the area in BC from which the LNG will be extracted, is one of largest and most prolific oil and gas resources in the world. It is well understood, compact and can be developed efficiently with already proven technology; • BC’s provincial government is a strong supporter of this initiative and Canada is a much safer place to make investments than many other countries in the world; • There is a strong contingent of


experienced, energetic and innovative suppliers who are helping the project to drive costs down and achieve substantial efficiencies; • Perhaps most importantly BC has a deep pool of well trained, willing and able workers in the north who are keen to take on the challenge of safely constructing one of the largest capital projects that will ever be built in Canada. We hope the project owners won’t let this one slip away and call on them instead to focus on the project’s many advantages. Give British Columbians the opportunity to make this project a reality and we will do you proud. Tim Maryon is vice-president of sales and business development at Peace Country Petroleum in Fort St. John.

$1.6B Woodfibre LNG a go JONNY WAKEFIELD

Woodfibre LNG, a facility proposed near Squamish, announced it would move forward with its $1.6 billion investment on Nov. 4. “This project is a go,” said Byng Giraud, Woodfibre LNG’s vice president of corporate affairs. Clark and Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman attended the announcement at the former pulp mill site. “We’re delighted to say today that LNG in British Columbia is finally becoming a reality,” Clark said. “Today’s decision is an important one for this community, the workers on this site, and the people of this province.” Woodfibre, which would source much of its gas from the South Peace area, would create 650 jobs during construction and 100 operations jobs. Woodfibre is one of the smallest LNG plants proposed for the B.C. coast, and would be a fraction of the size of Pacific NorthWest LNG— the controversial facility proposed for Lelu Island near Prince Rupert. Woodfibre is licenced to export just 2.1 million tonnes of gas per year, compared to the 19.68 million tonnes Pacific NorthWest could

produce. Because it is connected to the BC Hydro grid, it would also be one of the lowest-emitting LNG projects. Pacific NorthWest LNG, by contrast, would burn its own gas to power the super-cooling process to turn gas into a liquid. However, the Pembina Institute claims Woodfibre’s emissions would still be significant due to “untapped opportunities” to reduce emissions from drilling operations upstream. Giraud said early work would soon begin on site. The project still requires a certificate from the Oil and Gas Commission, which the company expects to receive by the end of 2017. He said the former pulp mill site was ideal for an LNG project because it includes a deep water port, a Fortis B.C. pipeline and a grid intertie. However, Woodfibre would be built at a time of low natural gas prices, making the project’s economics uncertain. Giraud said the B.C. government’s decision to “offer a competitive electricity drive rate” for proponents using more expensive electricity-powered liquefaction technologies tipped the balance in favour of building the project. Woodfibre is expected to begin shipping gas to Asia in the 2020s.


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PSAC, CAODC predict slight uptick in drilling in 2017 The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) is predicting 40 fewer wells will be drilled in B.C. in 2017, while drilling increases in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The association released its 2017 outlook Nov. 2, predicting a total of 4,175 wells to be drilled across Canada next year, up from the 3,950 wells it expects to be drilled by the end of this year. PSAC predicts the growth will be lead by Saskatchewan, forecasting a total of 1,940 wells drilled next year, up 240 wells. In Alberta, it predicts a modest increase of 53 wells drilled for a total of 1,900 wells drilled in that province next year. Drilling in B.C. is predicted to drop from 320 wells in 2016 to 280 wells in 2017. Meanwhile, drilling in Manitoba is expected to tumble by 68 per cent from 74 wells this year to just 50 wells in 2017. “We are seeing a small uptick in activity for 2016/2017 as we head in to our traditional winter drilling and completion season,” PSAC President Mark Salkeld said. “Beyond that, it is hard to find support for any significant ramp up of activity over what we are forecasting, as geopolitics and increased supply continue to keep commodity prices low, and lack of access to global markets keeps a chokehold on the Canadian industry.” Though 2017 activity levels are expected to outperform 2016, PSAC notes its predicted total of

4,175 wells is 63 per cent lower than the number of wells drilled in 2014. “The Canadian oilfield service, supply and manufacturing sector is a leader in providing innovation and technological support for Canada’s responsibly-developed oil and gas resources and like our customers, the producers, we are limited in our growth here in Canada as long as we only have one customer, the U.S., a customer that has quickly become our biggest competitor,” Salkeld said. “The world needs more Canadian oil and gas and it also needs more of the leading edge technology and expertise that comes from the Canadian oilfield services, supply and manufacturing sector, now more than ever while we have surplus capacity.” CAODC PREDICTS 4,665 WELLS DRILLED The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) is expecting an uptick in drilling activity in 2017, but don’t take that as a sign that the group is encouraged about the prospects for the industry as it stands today. “After record low utilization rates in 2016, it would be difficult to suggest 2017 could be anything but better,” the CAODC said in a statement, citing weak commodity prices and “abnormal”

political and social factors. “While the price of WTI is projected to stabilize somewhat, continued uncertainty surrounding pipeline infrastructure, and a looming price on carbon, continue to push Canada to the back of the line with respect to long-term investment.” The CAODC is forecasting that 4,665 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2017, up from 3,562 in 2016. Drilling in Saskatchewan is anticipated to lead recovery efforts. The rig fleet is expected to continue dropping, down to 610 rigs in 2017 from 665 in 2016. That’s down from 758 rigs in 2015. “We are expecting a four per cent increase in rig utilization with a rig fleet that continues to decrease. Activity is moving in the right direction, but we’re still in a depressed and desperate economic environment,” CAODC president Mark Scholz said in a statement. Scholz and the CAODC “continue to urge our governments at both the provincial and federal level to consider the impact of a carbon tax and lack of pipelines on the people and families in our industry. Canadians expect their government to attract jobs and investment during difficult economic times, not push them away.” —PNN Staff, JWN Energy

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OIL & GAS Senator Neufeld talks energy, resources committee ROB BROWN


Senator Richard Neufeld is back from a fact-finding mission amidst the oil and gas industry in Chemical Valley. Neufeld is the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, and has just returned from a four-day tour of southern Ontario. “We are trying to get a handle on what people are saying. This is a Liberal government, but these are Conservative targets and what we are trying to determine: the cost to the average homeowner, agriculture, companies, and anything else. It is quite involved.” A new study examining the costs and impacts of transitioning to a lower-carbon economy is in the works from the committee, which will release interim reports on a sector-by-sector basis, as well as provide a final summary report with recommendations, to the federal government. Neufeld says the study will focus particularly on the costs to energy users in their dayto-day lives. As part of the study, senators are meeting with leaders in the oil and gas industry. “We started in April we’ve been to Western Canada and Saskatchewan and done that swing and now we’re in the East.”  Senators travelled to Sarnia, Hamilton, as well as McMaster University for the four-day blitz. Neufeld and three other committee members toured the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, and spoke to industry stakeholders with the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Oil, Nova


Senator Richard Neufeld chairs the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, which is studying the costs of transitioning to a lower-carbon economy.

Chemicals, and BioAmber. Neufeld says the report will be parsed out between now and mid-2017. “We have five sections of the report rolling out and the final report coming in the new year,” says Neufeld, adding concerns in Southern Ontario are the same as those in British Columbia. “The industry is not that different at all. Their fear in Ontario is like ours. We want to be careful when it comes to rules and regulations,” he says. “We simply have to make sure that technology keeps up.” Neufeld said the recent election of President-elect Donald Trump may impact how the U.S. acts on

climate change. The committee’s study of the costs and impacts of transitioning to a lower-carbon economy was launched in April. It plans to release interim sector reports, and a final report with recommendations for the federal government on how best to achieve Canada’s emission reduction. The committee’s tour hit Hamilton Nov. 16. Neufeld said committee members have found mixed feelings in the country about the move to reduce carbon emission. “Now the work will be in the new year, focusing on the report in being finished in the new year,” he said.

A $2.3-million lease helped drive British Columbia’s Crown petroleum and natural gas rights auction in November. Industry spent $3.8 million at the Nov. 2 sale, picking up 22 drilling licenses covering 15,912 hectares and a single lease covering 528 hectares. Windfall Resources was the biggest player at the auction. It picked up the only lease on offer in November, spending $2.3 million for a parcel in the Monias-Saturn area, about 30 kilometres southwest of Fort St. John. The company also spent $912,839 for 12 drilling licences covering 6,108 hectares. Scott Land & Lease Ltd. spent $469,305 on six drilling licences covering 2,205 hectares. Meanwhile, Plunkett Resources Ltd. spent $110,017.56 on two licences covering 1,564 hectares, while Stomp Energy Ltd. spent $83,885.56 on a pair of licences covering 1,045 hectares. The province’s $3.8 million tally is a new monthly high for land sales this year, and pushes the yearly total to $14.37 million. With just one more sale left in the calendar year, the province needs to collect at least $2.35 million in December to avoid the record low of $16.72 million in 1982. The next sale is set for Dec. 14. —PNN Staff




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Despite a current short-term glut, the long-term global demand for natural gas will increase 50% over the next 25 years, at the expense of coal, as demand for energy grows by 30% in developing economies, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). For B.C., which sits on an ocean of gas it wants to export, that’s some of the good news contained in IEA’s recently released 2016 World Energy Outlook. There’s even better news for the renewable energy sector and electric vehicle makers. By 2040, 37% of the world’s power is expected to come from renewable energy (compared with 23% today) and electric vehicles are expected to grow from 1.3 million today to 30 million in 2025, and 150 million by 2040. As a result, the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the energy sector is projected to average out to 0.5% annually by 2040, compared with the current annual growth rate of 2.4%. “Growth in energy-related CO2 emissions stalled completely in 2015,” the report states. The bad news is that the IEA’s projections are based on the commitments made by the 190 signatories of the Paris Agreement, the second-largest of which—the U.S.—may renege on its commitments. The U.S. accounts for 16% of the world’s GHGs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. China accounts for 28%. Canada accounts for just 1.6%. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to “unleash” America’s coal, oil and natural gas reserves; scrap the Clean Energy Plan; and pull out of the Paris Agreement. So the IEA’s projections may

prove to be completely off the mark. Despite IEA’s predictions for renewable energy and electric cars, a fossil-fuel-free world is still a very long way off. There are few alternatives to oil in the freight, aviation and petrochemicals sectors, the IEA states. Natural gas and oil will therefore continue to be the “bedrock” of the globe’s energy system. While the demand for oil from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries is expected to fall by 12 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2040, demand will increase in developing countries, with India alone accounting for an estimated six million bpd in demand growth. The world now consumes 92 million bpd of oil, with consumption expected to grow to 103 million bpd by 2040. In other words, there is still a need for oil pipelines to get Alberta oil to world markets. Trump has vowed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which was vetoed last year by President Barack Obama. “This campaign rhetoric does not always translate into presidential action,” cautioned Afolabi Ogunnaike, senior analyst, Americas, refining and oil markets, for Wood Mackenzie. “And even if [it were approved], the path to the Keystone XL would not be a straight, simple path.” If the US$7 billion project were to be resurrected, it’s unlikely to have any bearing on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which Ottawa is expected to approve by mid-December. Two different companies are behind those two pipelines, and they would serve different markets, with Keystone XL supplying Alberta oil to Gulf Coast refineries in the U.S., and Trans Mountain serving Asian markets and California. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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OIL & GAS Eight early insights into next year’s Montney spending As oil and gas producers wind down the reports of their operating and financial results for the third quarter of 2016, we take a look at some of the early announcements for expected capital spending in the Northeast B.C./ Northwest Alberta resource play next year. • Seven Generations Energy plans to spend up to $1.6 billion in 2017, targeting a 50 percent increase in its Montney production. The spend will include operating an average nine rigs and drilling about 100 wells in its core Nest 2 area in the Alberta Montney. This is an increase from Seven Generations’ capital spending in 2016, which is expected to come in at between $1.05 billion and $1.1 billion. The 2017 capital program will also include engineering and partial construction of the company’s third natural gas processing plant at the north end of the Kakwa field. • Tourmaline Oil is planning $1.35 billion in capital spending in 2017, which includes development work on the properties it recently acquired from Shell Canada. Tourmaline plans to operate a 17-rig program next year, up from 12 rigs previously. The capital spend includes drilling of 300 wells (gross), completion of the Doe BC 2-11 gas plant, completion of the Spirit River 3-10 gas plant expansion, compressor

expansion at the Wild River 14-20 gas plant and construction of the new Sundown pipeline lateral. Approximately 45 of the 300 planned wells in 2017 will be on the Shell Canada assets, the company says. • ARC Resources says its planned $665-million capital spend in 2017 is focused on keeping its core Montney areas at or near capacity, in a program weighted to crude oil and liquids-rich natural gas development. The company plans to drill 79 wells across its Montney portfolio next year; 59 in Northeast B.C. and 20 in Northwest Alberta. ARC’s capital spend will also include about $175 million on gas processing and liquids handling, completing a new facility at Dawson, and proceeding with plans for a facility expansion at Parkland/Tower. • Painted Pony plans a capital program of approximately $319 million in 2017, which includes the acceleration of construction of a 100 mmcf/d expansion at the AltaGas Townsend processing facility that was originally expected to occur in 2018. Painted Pony plans to drill and complete 61 net wells on its Montney acreage next year. • Paramount Resources plans to drill up to 24 and complete up to twelve two-mile Montney wells at Karr-Gold Creek by mid-2017, with the

first of the new wells scheduled to be brought on production in the first quarter of 2017. Capital costs to drill, complete and equip these wells are expected to average approximately $10.5 million. • Kelt Exploration has announced an initial capital expenditure budget of $134 million for 2017, which includes drilling 16.5 net Montney wells. However, the company expects to complete 24.3 net wells next year, as there are estimated to be 7.8 net drilled but un-completed wells from 2016. Kelt plans to commence development pad drilling and continue delineation testing on its Montney assets next year. • Delphi Energy recently announced a $40-million Montney joint drilling program with an unnamed “existing working interest industry partner” to speed up development in its liquidsrich natural gas play at Bigstone in northwestern Alberta. The deal, which is expected to be completed before the end of 2016, would see the drilling of 5-6 wells before July 15, 2017. • Chinook Energy plans a first quarter 2017 capital program of $9.7 million to complete and tie-in three new Montney wells that are expected to be drilled by the end of 2016. —JWN Energy

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Natural gas-to-diesel seen as promising outlet for B.C. gas JONNY WAKEFIELD

Fort Nelson Mayor Bill Streeper, who is also president of Global Renewable Energy, on diesel processing: “Explain the economics of taking a vapour gas from Fort Nelson, transporting it 1,000 miles to Vancouver and trucking it right back to where it comes from?”

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B.C.’s natural gas field breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month when Woodfibre LNG became the first of 20 liquefied natural gas plants to pull the trigger on a final investment decision. But while all eyes are on LNG, two companies are still looking at other outlets for B.C. gas. Expander Energy and Global Renewable Energy Corp. are both pursuing facilities that would convert Northeast B.C.’s rich gas deposits into diesel fuel. “The reason we’re intrigued with Northeast B.C. is the significant natural gas resource that’s been developed over the last number of years,” said James Ross, CEO of Calgary-based Expander Energy. He said that while shipping LNG to Asia remains a big opportunity for Canadian producers, there are other uses for B.C. gas. “We see an alternate technology, which is converting natural gas into synthetic diesel or synthetic transportation fuel,” he said. “It’s a very viable opportunity in that part of the world.” Ross recently travelled to Fort St. John to meet with businesses and municipal officials, as well as to tour sites for a potential gas to diesel facility. They’re developing a similar project near Calgary which would produce a low-emission diesel fuel from natural gas. The project is “very early days,” he said, but the company would be making a decision on a potential Northeast B.C. facility sometime next year.

A similar facility near Fort Nelson is further ahead. Mayor Bill Streeper, who is also president of Global Renewable Energy, said much of the diesel burned in Fort Nelson is processed down south. “The product from the Fort Nelson area goes down to the Lower Mainland and gets trucked back to Fort Nelson,” he said. “Explain the economics of taking a vapour gas from Fort Nelson, transporting it 1,000 miles to Vancouver and trucking it right back to where it comes from?” The Fort Nelson facility would produce 200,000 litres of product a day at full build out. The fuel is aimed at the transportation industry, but could also be sold to communities in Canada’s northern territories that rely on diesel to generate electricity. He likened the process, which uses wood chips, to a catalytic converter in a car. It would provide jobs and investment at a time when Fort Nelson is going through the worst oil and gas downturn in a generation, he said. However, the project is still relatively small compared to the amount of landlocked gas in the region, he said. “This is a good size outlet, but if you look at the amount of natural gas that’s in Northeast B.C., it’s just unreal.” Despite the downturn in prices, Ross said small-scale projects continue to make economic sense. “We can provide a local fuel supply for the consumers in the area… rather than bringing fuel up from Edmonton and the major refining complexes,” he said.

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OIL & GAS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Since Keystone XL was vetoed, a couple of things have changed for the company behind it, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). For one, the Calgary company switched its focus to the Energy East pipeline project. It also has since committed to a US$13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. (NYSE:CPGX). Just last week, it sold $3.5 billion in shares to pay off a portion of the US$6.9 billion in debt it assumed as part of the acquisition. Asked if the company plans to resurrect Keystone XL based on Trump’s support, a TransCanada spokesperson wrote, “We have always remained committed to the Keystone XL project.” The company still has a claim against the U.S. government under the North American Free Trade Agreement over Obama’s vetoing of the project. Ogunnaike said there is sufficient demand for Alberta oil for two pipelines, but probably not three. TransCanada might have to weigh the options and decide to go forward with either Keystone XL or Energy East. “They’re ready to do one or the other, but probably not both,” he said. “Neither of them has a smooth path forward.”

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PERSPECTIVES Local leaders weigh in on responsible development Tony Zabinsky, President, FSJ Chamber of Commerce We need the local and federal government to move more swiftly and definitively in regards to the energy sector in our area. That will, of course, bring opportunities for our businesses because we have always been an industry-driven community where we service those energy services. And if those services move ahead, that brings opportunity for local businesses and other businesses to sit down and take advantage of that. I think in regard to challenges for local businesses, not so much now because the industry has

slowed down, but it’s also cross-border companies bidding for some of those products and leveling the playing field. The Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition is working with the government to look at that. It puts pressure on local businesses when you have businesses from outside our province being on those type of projects, sometimes there’s an unfair advantage represented because of the potential taxation savings that they are experiencing versus our local businesses.

Rob Fraser, Mayor, District of Taylor The biggest challenge is getting government and industry to recognize that the local communities have a big stake in resource development. So to make it responsible resource development, from my perspective, is getting government and industry to the table to work with us on planning our communities, so we can get the most benefit that’s available and plan for any negative or any drawbacks to that resource development. The opportunity is to create sustainable communities, to get those jobs locally, which then

gets the local economy going well, which then allows us to keep our professionals because there’s money available for the arts, there’s money available for recreational activities that our professionals need in order to feel comfortable staying here. It’s one thing getting all of those resource jobs, but with the resource jobs they drive the economy so that our secondary economy can work well, then we get to keep those professionals, so that’s the biggest opportunity.


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The biggest challenge, of course, is market pricing, that has to be increased before… it becomes attractive to these producers to develop the product and market it—produce it, ship it and sell it. That’s the biggest obstacle right now. The benefits to responsible resource development is, of course, job creation for all, a cleaner burning fuel. There’s all sorts of benefits to responsible resource development. That’s the direction it has to

go. We have to develop our resources responsibly, it almost suggests we haven’t been, and that’s not true either. That is certainly what all the producers are working towards. What has happened in some areas is it has been irresponsible. Some areas of the States, for example, are less strict than ours. It can create some really bad media, in which case frightens people on industry. So the easy thing for them to do is just say “no, we don’t want resource development.”

NEBC COALITION FORUM The Future of Responsible Resource Development in BC

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Purpose of the Coalition The Coalition is an organization of municipalities, businesses and service sector associations that are focused on all aspects of resource development in Northeast B.C. The Coalition provides a unified voice for local governments, businesses and communities on responsible resource development within Northeast B.C. for the purpose of ensuring that resource municipalities, businesses and rural communities are involved and engaged in resource development decisions that impact them directly or indirectly.

NORTHEAST B.C AT A GLANCE • Pop. 70,000 • 576.2 trillion cubic feet ultimate potential for marketable natural gas • The oil and gas industry invested $62 billion

The Coalition is a regional based organization that will prepare and maintain an economic planning model to assist in researching and analyzing economic impacts of resource development on the municipalities and rural communities of Northeast B.C.

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The Coalition will represent the collective interests of the region in all provincial planning processes for the delivery of services and infrastructure such as the ten year transportation planning model as well as on provincial policies and initiatives such as the Climate Leadership Plan and the Commission on Tax Competitiveness.

• Peace Region municipalities and rural areas

The Coalition will also represent its membership’s interests in the environmental project review and approval processes and will support and collaborate with the federal and provincial governments and industry to support sustainable resource development within Northeast BC.

Mission of the Coalition The overarching mission of the Coalition is to protect and enhance existing resource municipalities and rural communities so they continue to develop as permanent, sustainable and vibrant communities providing a high quality of life for existing and future residents. While the Coalition supports the important role that theresource municipalities and rural communities play in supporting existing and future resource development, the resource municipalities and rural communities cannot be defined solely on the basis of their service center function but must be seen as economically diversified, environmentally responsible and socially vibrant municipalities, and rural communities that will continue to develop and prosper in the long term.

Objectives of this forum 1. Identify current and emerging challenges and opportunities facing resource development in Northeastern BC. 2. Share perspectives on responsible resource development. 3. Develop the critical next steps for implementation of a framework for responsible resource development that will enable enduring prosperity and sustained growth for communities, businesses and community organizations for present and future generations.

$20 billion in royalties, land sale bonuses, and property taxes for the provincial government received an increase of $100.93 million in additional revenues during that time, less than half of one per cent of economic development revenues generated

COALITION MEMBERSHIP • City of Fort St. John • District of Taylor • District of Tumbler Ridge • Northern Rockies Regional Municipality • Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce • Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce • Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce • Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce • Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce • Energy Services BC • Northern BC Truckers Association • Independent Contractors and Business Association of BC • University of Northern British Columbia • Senator Richard Neufeld (honorary) • Alvin Stedel (individual)


Day 1 Schedule of Events Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Day 2 Schedule of Events Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day 2 Schedule of Events Wednesday, November 30, 2016

(at Pomeroy Hotel Fort St. John)

(at Taylor Community Hall)

(at Taylor Community Hall)

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CIRC Cumulative Impacts Workshop The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) is a research and outreach initiative at the University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) Prince George campus. CIRC includes the Health Research Institute (HRI), the Community Development Institute (CDI) and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) with funding support from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the BC Oil and Gas Commission (administered through UNBC’s Office of Research). CIRC was established as a result of a 2014 event at UNBC exploring the topic of cumulative impacts on northern communities.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ENERGY BREAK 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. REGISTRATION DESK OPEN 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. WELCOME RECEPTION

7:00 a.m. — Buses depart for Taylor 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. — Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. — First Nations Welcome from Maise Metechea, and Welcome from Mayor Rob Fraser of Taylor 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. — Brian Paterson, B.Eng.,B.Sc., R.P.Bio, Biologist - Hemmera Envirochem Inc. - Wind Energy Report

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Blaire Lancaster, VP Communications and Government Relations, Ferus Inc.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Dimensions and Diversity of Responsible Resource Development: A Balanced Perspective Colin Griffith, Executive Director NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition

9:45 a.m - 10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER Steve Saddleback, The Indian Resource Council

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Mayors Lori Ackerman & Rob Fraser - Introduction of New Members • Madeline Wilson, Communications Lead The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium Overview of CIRC Workshop • Yuliana Proenza, P.Geo., M. Eng. , Project Geologist - GeoScience BC • Tyson Pylypiw, Manager, Community Relations and Aboriginal Relations Encana Cutbank Project Overview and Update

10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. ENERGY BREAK 10:45am -12:15pm Panel Session #1 Sharing Perspectives on Responsible Resource Development Responsible resource development means different things to different people. This panel will explore the different perspectives from First Nations, Local Government, Provincial Government and Business. Panelists will describe what responsible resource development means to them and what they would propose be done to achieve it. Moderator: Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki, Ph.D., President and CEO, Northern Lights College Panelists: • Mayor Don McPherson, Tumbler Ridge • Ines Piccinino, ADM Ministry of Natural Gas, Upstream Development Division • Karrilyn Vince, Regional Executive Director Northeast Region, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations • Kathleen Connolly, Executive Director, Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce

Noon - 1:00 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH & KEYNOTE Chief Derek Orr, McLeod First Nation

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Panel Session #2 Responsible Resource Development: Where We are Today While responsible resource development means different things to different people, responsible resource development means different things to different industries. Participants on this panel will look at where we are today with responsible resource development from a Forestry, Mining, Clean Energy, Natural Gas and Agriculture sector perspective. Moderator: Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works BC Panelists: • David Keane, President, BC LNG Alliance • Bryan MacLeod, Clean Energy BC • Bryan Cox, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Mining Association of BC • Michael Armstrong , Vice President, Policy and Operations, Council of Forest Industries • Rick Kantz , President, BC Grain Producers

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. ENERGY BREAK 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Panel Session #3 Best Practices in Responsible Resource Development Northeast BC is home to some of the most progressive, innovative resource companies who work in the region’s abundant natural resources sectors. Participants on this panel will outline their companies proactive, inclusive strategies and tactics for engaging with communities, First Nations, provincial and federal regulators, and their own employees about the best practices required to survive and thrive in today’s globally competitive resource industries. Moderator: Geoff Morrison, Manager British Columbia, CAPP Panelists: • Gary Weilinger, Vice President, Spectra Energy • Roman Mucenski, P.Eng. , Engineering Supervisor/Project Manager, Major Projects, Pembina Pipeline Corporation and NTL • Brad Caldwell, Local Contact Adviser, Chevron, & Bev Vandersteen, Executive Director, Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce • Mark Bartkoski, President, Conuma Coal


Day 2 Schedule of Events Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day 3 Schedule of Events Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day 3 Schedule of Events Thursday, December 1, 2016

(at Taylor Community Hall)

(at Taylor Community Hall)

(at Taylor Community Hall)

4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CHEQUE PRESENTATION To Taylor Elementary Parent Advisory Council President Melanie Rose on behalf of Fall Forum Speakers

7:00 a.m. — Buses depart for Taylor


8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. DAY ONE RECAP Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman

5:30 - 6:30pm DINNER 6:30 – 7:15pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

BREAKFAST & KEYNOTE SPEAKER James Ross, CEO, Expander Energy

10:15 – Noon Panel Session #5 Decision Making related to Resource Development As perspectives on responsible resource development vary from person to person and industry to industry, so too does the resource extraction application and approval process vary from sector to sector within the Province of BC. Participants on this panel will explain how decisions are made with respect to

8:30 -10:00 a.m. Panel Session #4 Challenges and Opportunities for Responsible Resource Development in Northeast BC. The magnificent region of British Columbia is

resource development. Moderator: David Marshall, Executive Director, Fraser Basin Council Panelists:

home to Canada’s largest reserves of natural

• Ken Paulsen, COO, BC Oil and Gas Commission

gas, oil, coal, minerals, vast forests, agricultural

• Greg Van Dolah, Director of Authorizations and

land and some of the world’s most spectacular

Acting District Manager, Ministry of Forests,

scenery including the Northern Rockies. Yet

Lands and Natural Resource Operations

despite the diversity and abundance of natural

• Michelle Carr, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC

resources in Northeast BC the region is not

Environmental Assessment Office

without its challenges in development of opportunities. Participants on this panel will


outline the current opportunities and challenges

Mayor Rob Fraser, Mayor Lori Ackerman, and

with responsible resource development in

Colin Griffith, Coalition Executive Director

Northeast BC.

speak on The Common Sense Charter for

Moderator: Joe Judge

Responsible Resource Development

these resources whilebeing flled with endless

Panelists: • Chris Flury, Vice President , Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce • Bev Vandersteen, Executive Director, Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce • Gary McLeod, Business Manager, Northern BC Truckers’ Association • Art Jarvis, Executive Director, Energy Services BC

10:00-10:15 a.m. ENERGY BREAK



Morning Keynote Address, Nov. 30

Morning Keynote Address, Nov. 30

Blaire Lancaster, Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, Ferus Inc.

Steve Saddleback, Indian Resource Council

Blaire Lancaster is focused on building and enhancing Ferus’ brand in North America (and beyond) as an innovative, solutions-oriented, people-focused, trusted corporate citizen. She leads a team of talented and dedicated people responsible for the Marketing, Communications, Government & Public Affairs, and Community & Stakeholder Relations activities across each of our business units. Blaire joined the company in 2011 as Manager of Government and Regulatory affairs for Ferus’ new LNG division (now Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc.). Previously, Blaire spent 10 years in business development roles at the Canadian Consulate General in Boston, Calgary Economic Development and Rainmaker Global Business Development primarily focusing on strategic planning, client services, marketing, sales and

international business consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Alberta School of Business and an International Business Certificate from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Grenoble, France.

Steve Saddleback, Director of the National Energy Business Centre of Excellence (NEBCE) at the Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC). IRC was founded in 1987 by Chiefs representing the oil and gas producing First Nations. While IRC’s focus has been on Regulatory and Technical expertise, it was determined there was an existing gap for capacity development and training in member communities. Created in 2008, NEBCE is a completely unique First Nations directed and operated organization. IRC/NEBCE provides leadership and promotes collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships between oil and gas producing First Nations, government, and industry with the intent of increasing First Nations direct involvement in, and understanding of, these sectors. A member of the Samson Cree Nation located in Maskwacis, AB. Mr. Saddleback has worked for a number of national organizations in

Finance, Real Estate investment, Economic Development and was a co-owner of an Oil and Gas road lease building company in Northeastern British Columbia. Steve currently sits on the Indigenous Opportunities Committee at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Steve is adamant on working towards meaningful involvement of indigenous communities in all areas of the economy with a focus on the energy sector.

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Lunch Keynote Address, Nov. 30

Evening Keynote Address, Nov. 30

Chief Derek Orr, McLeod Lake Indian Band

Vaughn Palmer, Columnist, Vancouver Sun

Chief Derek Orr is an assertive, forward thinking and proud Tsek’hene man who wants the best for his people. He strives to create opportunities for his people, and to create programs for improved Health, Education, Culture and Language. Derek is married to his beautiful wife, Arlene. Together they have 3 children: Logan, Erica and Owen. Derek’s parents are Jane Inyallie and David Orr. Derek has worked for McLeod Lake Indian Band since 2002. He has worked in different capacities including; Youth Worker, Land Referral Officer and Youth Councillor. He received his college diploma in Business Management in 2007 and was elected Chief of McLeod Lake Indian Band in 2008. Derek has achieved successful re-elections in both 2011 and 2014. One of Derek’s primary goals was for McLeod Lake Indian Band to reach a stable economic platform. A stable platform provides the ability to

Vaughn Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun’s provincial affairs political columnist, based in Victoria, since 1984. His column appears on the Sun’s page three five days a week. He has covered nine B.C. premiers -- and counting. Palmer was born in Gaspe, P.Q., in 1952. He moved to B.C. in 1967 and finished high school in Nanaimo. He attended the University of B.C. and worked on the student newspaper, the Ubyssey. He began working for the Sun in 1973, starting as reporter. He has also worked as an editorial writer and rock music critic, an experience he describes as only slightly crazier than covering the B.C. legislature. From 1980-82, he was city editor for The Sun. In 1982-83 Palmer attended Stanford University on a journalism fellowship. He is a winner of the Bruce Hutchison Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the Jack

attain beneficial programs for McLeod Lake Indian Band members including; health, education, culture, and language. Since 2008, the McLeod Lake Indian Band has been able to eliminate $18 million dollars of debt. Indian Band. Now, Chief and Council has strategically positioned the Band to take advantage of the many opportunities within our Traditional Territory and also to develop and build community projects that will benefit all members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band.

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Breakfast Keynote Address, Dec. 1 James Ross, CEO, Expander Energy

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James Ross is the CEO and Founder of Dalriada Capital Corp., a private company engaged in management consulting and private equity & venture capital investments. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Geography) degree from McMaster University, Business Administration diploma from Wilfred Laurier University, and Chartered Director (C. Dir.) from DeGroote School of Business and the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Ross has over 30 years experience in the investment industry including; executive management, small capital investment banking, venture capital, private equity, sales and trading. Formerly, Mr. Ross was a Senior Managing Director for Jennings Capital Inc. He was lead director and an early investor in C-Free Power Corp., a renewable energy company acquired in 2009 by Good Energies Capital. Currently, Mr. Ross was a Director of Platinum Communications Corporation, Alberta based Rural High-Speed Internet Service Provider which was acquired in 2015 by Xplornet Communications Inc. Mr. Ross is currently a Director of Glenbriar Technologies Inc., SynStream Energy Corp., and 80-20 Connect Inc.

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Yuliana Proenza, P.Geo., M.Eng., GeoScience BC—Yuliana

David Keane, President, BC LNG Alliance—Mr. Keane brings considerable

energy and LNG experience to the BC LNG Alliance, having worked globally in the energy sector for more than 33 years in over 15 countries. He has a strong track record of leadership and success, and has worked collaboratively with communities, stakeholders and governments throughout his career. Most recently, David was Vice President, Policy and Corporate Affairs for BG Canada in Vancouver. Prior to his time with BG Canada, he held senior roles with Dynegy, Apache Corp. and Conoco, Inc. David lives in Vancouver, is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Proenza is a Professional Geoscientist registered with APEGBC. She has been providing geological, technical and project management support services to Canadian-based mineral exploration companies since 2006. After completing a Masters in Clean Energy Engineering from University of British Columbia in 2012, she is determined to apply her background to advance geothermal resource potential and development and other alternative technologies in BC.

Bev Vandersteen, Executive Director, Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce—

Moving to Fort Nelson in 1988 with her family Bev is proud to call Fort Nelson home. A strong advocate for community she has been the Executive Director for the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce since June of 2010. Prior to her work with the chamber Bev worked in various capacities in industry including human resources and training and experienced first-hand the effects business can have in the community. Believing a strong economy and strong businesses are the backbone of communities Bev strives to work collaboratively with all partners to strengthen ties to local economies.





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We actively promote and consider the use of qualified and competitive Local and Aboriginal businesses for our projects and operations. On average, more than 60% of our contractor spend is with local businesses. And, since 2012 we’ve invested more than $2M with local organizations.

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Gary C. Weilinger, Vice President, External Affairs, Spectra Energy—

Gary Weilinger is vice president of external affairs for Spectra Energy Transmission’s operations in Western Canada. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement, policy development, public safety awareness and enhancing Spectra Energy’s relations and communications with governments, Aboriginal peoples, landowners, media and the public at large. Prior to assuming his current role in 2008, Weilinger was responsible for Spectra Energy Transmission’s two largest businesses in Western Canada: BC Pipeline and BC Field Services. Weilinger has significant experience in strategic planning and business development, climate change policy, business reengineering, continuous process improvement, marketing, commercial operations and building relationships with stakeholders. In addition, with more than 30 years experience in the downstream and midstream energy sectors, he brings a great deal of insight to the rapidly changing and growing natural gas industry in Canada. Since joining Spectra Energy’s predecessor company Westcoast Energy in 1999, Weilinger has held various senior positions with a primary focus on pursuing commercial business opportunities, leading change, and building long-lasting collaborative customer relationships.

Bryan Cox, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Mining Association of BC—Bryan Cox

joined MABC as Vice President of Corporate Affairs in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience in government relations, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and sustainability. Prior to joining MABC, Bryan spent seven years in the brewing industry in progressively senior roles. Most recently, in the position of Vice President, Western Canada, at Canada’s National Brewers, Bryan was responsible for managing the regulatory and public affairs agenda across the four western provinces. Prior to this, Bryan led the public affairs agenda at EPCOR Utilities Inc. for the company’s power, water and wastewater assets in Western Canada. Before joining the private sector, Bryan spent four years with the Government of British Columbia, serving as Chief of Staff to several provincial Cabinet Ministers, including the Deputy Premier. In his role at MABC, Bryan isresponsible for the Corporate Affairs portfolio, including Human Resources, Health & Safety, Towards Sustainable Mining and Aboriginal Affairs.


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Kathleen Connolly, Executive Director, Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce—Kathleen is in her 4th year with

the Chamber of Commerce. During this time, Kathleen has worked with government, industry, business and other stakeholders in both a strong and weak economy. Working closely with businesses to understand the competitive nature of a global marketplace, how to open up new markets and diversifying small businesses, and working with decision makers to create hire local policies are key priorities for Kathleen and her Board of Directors.

Christopher Flury, Vice-President, Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce—Christopher Flury was born

and raised in Fort St John and has watched the community grow as its vast resources have been developed. He graduated from the University of Alberta, with a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and is currently responsible for managing operations in Fort St. John for SMI-Faciliop. . The local office is capable of completing a wide variety of consulting engineering and has local ties to many of the industries in the area. He finds it extremely exciting to be working in an area with such large growth potential, where the natural resources in the area are abundant and the learning opportunities are boundless.

Greg Van Dolah, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations—Twenty-eight years working

in the resource industry, 15 years working for industry as a forestry consultant. Thirteen years working for the Province of BC. Most recent roles include statutory decision maker on the wildlife, Lands and Forest and Range Practices act. Current position with the Province of BC is the Director of Authorization and the acting District Manager with the Peace Resource District. Leadership role on major projects include Northeast Cumulative Effects and Management, Peace Northern Caribou project and supporting the negotiations of the New Relation and Reconciliation agreements with various First Nations.

Mark Bartkowski, President, Conuma Coal—He started his mining career 37 years ago with a BS in Mining Engineering and a Masters in Mine Management from Virginia Tech, in the US. He is a registered professional Engineer. His first 10 years were spent working his way up as a mine equipment operator, to maintenance and support crews, to fist line management. He considers this on of the most important parts of his career development. The last 25 years he has spent in

Inés Piccinino, ADM Ministry of Natural Gas, Upstream Development Division—Inés Piccinino was appointed

senior management operating positions, carrying

Assistant Deputy Minister, Upstream Development Division, Ministry of Natural Gas Development in September 2013. Ines joined the Ministry in 2003 where she worked at the Oil and Gas Division on royalties and infrastructure programs, industry competitiveness, service sector development strategies and developing the Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy. Before joining the province in 2003, Ines worked on a variety of energy, competitiveness, industrial development and environmental programs for the federal government of Argentina and the city government of Buenos Aires, the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank.

Resources headquartered in Tumbler Ridge, BC.

Ken Paulson, COO, BC Oil and Gas Commission—Ken has over 30 years of

experience in the oil and gas sector including more than 15 years in regulatory roles for Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Prior to Ken’s current position, he was the Commission’s Chief Engineer. As a past chair of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and a former Board member of the International Petroleum Technology Institute, Ken is well connected with engineering communities within the oil and gas sector in North America and globally. He maintains an active involvement in the industry through ASME, SPE and other industry organizations.

Madeline Wilson Communications Lead, Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium—Madeline Wilson is the Communications Lead at the UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, and when not thinking about cumulative impacts, works on a climate change adaptation research project through Royal Roads University and at a downtown resource centre for women involved in sex work in Prince George.

Rick Kantz , President, BC Grain Producers Association—Rick Kantz was born and raised in the Fort St John area and has been actively involved in a mixed farming operation for over twenty years. He has served on numerous boards and committees in the agriculture community, and has been president of 4H B.C., Peace River Forage Association, and currently the B.C. Grain Producers Association.

titles from GM, VP, COO, and CEO. Currently Mark Bartkoski is the President of Conuma Coal

Bryan MacLeod Manager, Clean Energy Operations & Development, Clean Energy BC—Bryan MacLeod is speaking on behalf of Clean Energy BC, whose purpose is: • To promote and support the growth of British Columbia’s Clean Energy industry. • To build strong relationships with all levels of government, BC Hydro, First Nations, environmental organizations and the public to improve the sector’s social licence. • To improve the regulatory and economic environments for clean energy production in British Columbia. • To assist the growth of manufacturing, supply, and service industries in British Columbia serving clean energy production in British Columbia and around the world. • To ensure the business and regulatory climate is reasonable and efficient for operating assets. • To work with environmental organizations to develop science based clean energy development models.

Michael Armstrong, Vice President, Policy and Operations, Council of Forest Industries—Michael has 25 years of experience working with forest companies, contractors, First Nations, and federal and provincial governments, primarily in British Columbia, but also in the Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the United States, Indonesia and the Philippines. Michael joined COFI in September 2016 having come from KPMG where he has worked for the last five years in the forestry consulting group. Prior to that, Michael spent 15 years with PwC undertaking forest industry consulting and advisory work with a number of British Columbian and Canadian clients.



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CAPTURING PEACE REGION WIND The Rocky Mountain foothills of the Peace Region represent some of the best wind resources in British Columbia. Complimenting this resource with good connectivity to the electrical grid and transportation corridors creates favourable conditions for wind energy development. As a result of these favourable conditions, the Peace Region contains three of the four operational wind energy projects in B.C.

Operational Wind Projects (Peace Region) Name MW Capacity Bear Mountain Wind Park 102 Dokie Wind 144 Quality Wind 142 In Development Wind Projects (Peace Region) Name MW Capacity Meikle Wind 185 Moose Lake Wind Project 15 Septimus Creek Wind Farm 15 Operational Wind Projects (B.C.) Name MW Capacity Cape Scott 99 In Development Wind Projects (B.C.) Name MW Capacity Pennask Wind Farm 15 Shinish Creek Wind Farm 15

Wind energy investment creates long-term economic benefit that is not subject to market fluctuations, offering stability. Local and provincial tax revenues and rents range from millions (Bear Mountain) to hundreds of millions of dollars (Quality Wind), and royalty benefits accrue to land owners and First Nation partners. There are also significant economic benefits to local communities through the provision of services such as lodging, rentals, and general maintenance. Because they’re long-term and stable projects, wind contributes to a diversified economy with potential for increasingly localized power generation that can support growth in other industries such as LNG and mining. Source: Hemmera




NOVEMBER 18, 2016

COAL Brule coal mine back in business at record speed JONNY WAKEFIELD

At around 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, crews at the Brule Mine in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains hauled a load of coal out of the earth. With that, Tumbler Ridge was once again a mining town. Less than a month after Walter Energy’s Northeast B.C. mines sold at bankruptcy auction, and nearly two years after the last mine closed, people in Tumbler Ridge are left to marvel at their speedy reversal of fortune. After sitting idle for nearly two years, the Brule Mine was the first up and running. By Oct. 1, 40,000 tonnes of coal had been taken out of the pits. By mid-October, the coal was set to be on a train for Prince Rupert and shipped to steelmakers in Asia. Trevor Corsi, one of the first workers hired back at the mine, said many were still stunned by how quickly things turned around. “We had orientation on Friday and we were mining on Monday,” he said. For Mark Bartkoski, president of Conuma Coal Resources, the mine’s new owner, it’s a turnaround unlike anything he’s seen in the coal business. “Usually a closing process on an acquisition this size is a four to six

month process,” he said. “This was basically a month-and-a-half, which is extremely unusual.” The mine is still ramping up to full production. Conuma, a member of West Virginia-based ERP group of companies, plans to hire 170 people to run the mine—fewer than Walter employed. The company, which is not publicly traded, plans to run a lean operation and avoid the debt financing that doomed many larger coal companies. Conuma’s unique business model includes “bundling” coal sales with carbon offsets. Bartkoski and ERP CEO Ken McCoy are devout Baptists who say their goal is to be a “blessing” to hard-hit coal communities. While far from a complete turnaround, the reopening of at least one mind has improved morale in Tumbler Ridge. Derek Blackwell, now the prevention director with Conuma, was one of the handful left behind when Walter’s mines were placed in “care and maintenance” after a drop in prices. He recalled waiting for the goahead to restart production last month. “We were up here in the pit with all the groups and the first crew,” he said. “When we got word from the B.C. ministry and all the lawyers with both parties that it had been signed, I think it was less than a minute or

two before the first coal was loaded.” Bartkoski said production was able to restart so quickly due to a contract mining agreement with Walter Canada, which owned the three mines until Conuma purchased them Sept. 9. “I’ve never seen anyone try to pull it off like that,” he said. “Walter Canada was extremely good to work with on that. They could have bowed up and said ‘we’re not going to do that, it’s just a clean sale.’ The ministry, the same way. It would have been far easier for everyone if we had just done it traditionally and had a twoto six-month hiatus while waiting on the permit transfers. A lot of different agencies and groups that don’t normally work together, in this case very much did.” Part of the hurry to get the mines up and running was due to surging metallurgical prices. However, Conuma was looking at Walter’s mines before prices came up, Bartkoski said. “One of the things is to try to catch this market, whether it’s up artificially or not, you always want to catch it when it’s there” he said. “But because we didn’t know the market was going to do that, that was not the driver.” He said the initial goal was to get the mines going as soon as possible to recoup closing costs, as well as get people back to work. The company plans to reopen the

Wolverine Mine next, which would employ another 180 people. After that, the Willow Creek Mine could restart as early as 2017. While Conuma initially planned to reopen just one mine, the company is moving to restart other facilities closer to Tumbler Ridge as met coal prices settle into what appears to be more than just a short rebound. However, the rail line between those mines and the coast needs repair, which, according to local leaders, is the one thing holding back a sustained recovery. Peace River Regional District (PRRD) officials are anxious to see the additional mines restart. Earlier this month, PRRD board Chair Don McPherson, the mayor of Tumbler Ridge, pressed the CEO of CN Rail to expedite repairs on a spur line between Tumbler Ridge and Prince George in a letter. “It’s the board’s understanding that Conuma will be in a position to start rail shipments of coal (from the Tumbler Ridge mines) to the port at Ridley Island as early as April 2017, which is approximately when CN is scheduled to begin repairs on the spur line. As recovery efforts affecting the coal industry in the Tumbler Ridge area are at a fragile and critical stage, (we)...ask that you consider if there is any opportunity to initiate repair work sooner.”


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Price rise, acquisitions send positive signals in B.C. mining NELSON BENNETT Business in Vancouver

A recent dramatic rally in metallurgical (met) coal prices and the acquisition of three idled coal mines in the Peace region suggest the sector may be turning a corner. Steelmaking coal prices have shot up nearly 140% since the beginning of 2016, and jumped a whopping 20% in the span of just one week in September. Since spring, spot prices for met coal rose from US$90 per tonne to as high as US$180 per tonne. “It jumped $20 in one day,” said Jim Truman, director of global metallurgical coal markets for Wood Mackenzie. Robin Campbell, president of the Coal Association of Canada, said September 12, “If you talk to any analyst about the fact that coal increased 20% alone last week, nobody would have projected it.” But the price spikes largely reflect supply-side issues, not global demand, which means that the market is being skewed by dramatic spikes that may obscure the long-term nature of the price recovery. Some met coal has come off the market due to bad weather in Australia and China. China is also deliberately cutting its met coal production,

although it’s unclear what Beijing’s long-term plans are for domestic coal production. “We do see this as an anomaly,” Truman said. “It’s not going to go to $160 and then stay there. It’s going to drop back down to more reasonable levels, but there will be an increase.” Metallurgical coal is B.C.’s third most important export, next to lumber and pulp and paper. Unlike thermal coal, it is used to make steel, not burned for power production. In 2011, when coal came off the market in Australia due to mine flooding, metallurgical coal exports from B.C. represented nearly a quarter of the value of all exports from B.C. that year: $7.1 billion, or 22%, according to BC Stats. Coal exports have since fallen to just $3 billion in 2015 – just 8.6% of B.C.’s total exports. A slowdown in demand from China for met coal and a global oversupply created a fouryear-long price trough. Prices fell from more than US$300 per tonne in 2011 to below US$80 per tonne in 2015. The glut and low prices forced a number of metallurgical coal mines to close – including four in B.C. – and forced several coal mining companies into bankruptcy, including Walter Energy, which shuttered three of its B.C. mines in the Tumbler Ridge-Chetwynd area between 2014 and 2015. Anglo American PLC also shuttered a met coal

mine in Tumbler Ridge in 2014. That left only one company still operating metallurgical coal mines in B.C. – Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B). The shuttering of Peace region coal mines explains why exports through Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert fell to zero in July. Teck ships its coal through Lower Mainland ports, which had only a 4% decline in export volumes of met coal in the second quarter of 2016, compared with Q2 2015. Thanks to some of the mine closures, a global glut of met coal is being slowly whittled down. One big unanswered question for met coal producers is what China plans to do, both on the supply and demand side. On one hand, it recently moved to cut production by reducing the days of operation at Chinese mines to 276 days from 330 days. On the other hand, Chinese producers recently signed an agreement to increase production, Truman said. “So that would lower the import demand, and it would temper prices down,” Truman said. “You don’t get a lot of information out of China,” Campbell said. “They’re looking at restructuring their whole industry. While the new prices on the spot market are welcome, I wouldn’t be holding my breath thinking this is going to be long term.” India is now seen as the next significant market for steel and its key ingredients – iron ore and met coal.

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Area farmers battle wettest year since the 1990s ROB BROWN

Rick Kantz with the BC Grain Producers Association says he hasn’t seen a year like this since the 1990s. With crops still on the field, he says producers are in a lurch. “We are still dealing with the fall. About 20 per cent of yields are still on fields and this isn’t going to be positive,” he says. “Cereals will likely be flattened and not sellable. Canola that would normally have been pulled in has been snowed under.” He said this season was not what the agriculture sector needed. “We are all used to uncertainty to a point, but we’re still trying to salvage this year,” he said. Dawson Creek rancher Larry Fossum, past president of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, said earlier this fall that the situation has him having to do more with less. “Ranchers with full-time income coming off the ranch would be (earn-

then it started to rain and that delayed harvest. Then the snow came right behind it.” Kantz agrees. “If it hasn’t been cold, it has been raining,” he said. “There has been nothing like this since the 90s crops on the field rolling past mid November is certainly an odd year.” B.C.’s Peace Region accounts for about 80 per cent of the province’s field crop production, with main crops being wheat, barley and canola. Kantz says the 20 per cent of crops JONNY WAKEFIELD PHOTO left on the fields is many producers’ Walter Fritsche inspects a bushel of snow-covered canola on his field east of Dawson Creek. margin. Early snowfall caught Fritsche and other area farmers with crops still in the field. “And then when the crop on the field is of less quality, more of a feed ing) roughly 40 per cent less right now had time to catch up.  level, then income goes down. Cattle if they sold their cows,” he said.   Shaun Grant, general manager of were down this year too. We need an According to a Country Life in B.C. the South Peace Grain Cleaning Co- early spring to get this year’s work report, Anne Wasko told the B.C. As- op, said he knows of one mid-size done—to get the crops off before new sociation of Cattle Feeders the U.S. producer who’s pegged his losses at planting.” was solely to blame for the over cor- $1 million. He admits it doesn’t look promisrection in price. Wasko said the cow “There wasn’t time to complete the ing and that early spring chances are inventory in that country has come harvest,” he said. “The ground condi- slim. “Right now it doesn’t look like an on so strong that the market hasn’t tions have been very wet and soft, and early spring is in the cards.”

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Fort Nelson struggles to rebuild ‘devastated’ forestry sector JONNY WAKEFIELD

“As forestry petered out, oil and gas was on the upswing,” Gilbert said. “It took up the slack. But as that started to taper as well…our sustainability (as a community) became an issue.” For the town of 3,900, there are real questions about the community’s survival. According to district estimates, the Northern Rockies region lost 1,000 people since the last census—largely due to the oil and gas downturn. Gilbert hopes a revitalized forestry industry will help prop up the regional economy when oil and gas is down—and vice versa. In 2013, the region launched a Forestry Rejuvenation Project aimed at tackling the issues that led to the collapse in the regional forestry industry. Those issues include transportation troubles and questions about the supply of labour, as well as lingering uncertainty over the softwood lumber

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When a pair of Fort Nelson timber processing plants closed eight years ago, the town didn’t feel the impact right away. For many workers, finding employment in the booming Horn River natural gas play was relatively easy. But with hundreds of oil and gas jobs wiped out by the economic downturn, the regional municipality’s plan to revitalize its timber sector is taking on new urgency. “Right now, the forestry industry is just about devastated,” Mayor Bill Streeper said. “(But) the forestry died the same time the natural gas took right off, and a lot of people just switched over from one to the other.” “That gas area peaked and it fell,” he added, “and we’re sitting now on some pretty sad times.” Before the collapse of the U.S. housing market in 2008, Fort Nelson was home to Canfor OSB and plywood plants that employed around 500 people, and enjoyed a reputation as one of the province’s most prosperous timber towns. Mike Gilbert, community development officer with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, said the regional office still has a plaque from when Fort Nelson was named B.C.’s 2006 Forestry Capital.

agreement. The plan has had mixed results. On the one hand, Streeper is optimistic about the prospects of a community forest licence that would give the municipality control over 50,000 cubic metres of timber. That licence is currently being reviewed by the forests ministry, he said. But one of the biggest problems has been changes to the B.C. Forest Act, which no longer require timber licence holders to process wood in the area where it was harvested. That means much of the boreal forest logged around Fort Nelson is being processed in mills to the south. On Nov. 15, the regional municipality put out a news release criticizing the province’s forest tenure system. Changes to so-called mill appurtenancy provisions, as well as “failure” to enforce pulpwood agreements tying forest tenures to processing at specific mills is “dramatically impacting smaller B.C. communities such as Fort Nelson,” the region wrote. “It has rendered them collateral damage and threatens their economic sustainability.” For Streeper, it’s a question of how resources benefit the communities where they’re extracted. “It’s a battle,” Streeper said. “Who is the owner of the resource, and how does that support different communities?”

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Busy year for crews at Site C ALEISHA HENDRY

Construction crews continues to prep the area for the Site C dam, according to BC Hydro’s latest update. “Construction of Site C is progressing on time and on budget,” according to a statement from BC Hydro. “This year, we completed several key milestones related to site preparation, including building a 329-metre construction bridge, excavating approximately 2.5 million cubic metres of material, and completing a 1,600-person worker lodge. We also started the main civil works portion of work this year. There are currently about 1,700 workers on the project, including 200 Aboriginal workers.” Work expected to be done through the end of November includes continued excavation on the north and south banks of the Peace River, drilling and installation of geotechnical instrumentation on the south bank, and work on the drainage tunnel and access ramp on the south bank. Riprap will be placed along sec-

tions of the south bank shore, and aggregate will be crushed on the south bank to build batch plants. Access roads to the south bank will be built and road maintenance will be done as needed. Work will also continue on the Moberly River construction bridge. Looking ahead to 2017, work will continue on the excavation, the earthfill dam, cofferdams and diversion tunnels, with work beginning on the realignment of Highway 29, starting with Bear Flat/Cache Creek.






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Responsible resource development starts in the classroom ROB BROWN

With Northern Lights College President and CEO Bryn Kulmatycki hosting a panel discussion at the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition’s fall forum in Taylor, Pipeline News North sat down with him to talk about responsible resource development. Kulmatycki says the most important aspect to being responsible is discussion. “That is what this is all about—engagement with stakeholders is key, taking parts in these types of events is key.” From Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, Taylor will be hosting the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition’s fall forum entitled “The Future of Resource Development in BC.” Kulmatycki says everyone has to realize the first thing that comes with engagement—disagreement. “If true engagement is there, you won’t have people agreeing and difficulties arise. But that is the consequence of having a real dialogue and problem solving.” Kulmatycki will be moderating the panel ‘Sharing Perspectives on Responsible Resource Development’ on November 30 at 10:45 a.m. at the Taylor Community Hall.

While responsible resource development means different things to different people, Kulmatycki said he expects the panel to explore the issue from a First Nations, local, provincial, and Chamber of Commerce perspective. Mayor Don McPherson of Tumbler Ridge will be sitting on the panel, along with Dawson Creek Executive Director Kathleen Connolly and representatives from both the Ministry of Forests and Natural Gas.  “There are always two or more sides or perspectives. Many times it can be profit drives versus issues and concerns—the key to find a balance between the two. That’s what the dialogue is for.  “There are always issues, but what is decided to be the greater and broader good is what the government has to look at.” Kulmatycki said from an educational point of view responsible resource development starts in the classroom and ends in the real world. “When it comes to education you are talking two pieces—the academic and the applied. The classroom engages all sides—a very wide swath that translates to the applied side.” The Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition’s Future of Resource Development in BC forum goes November 29 to December 1.


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Oilmen hurry hard at 56th Annual Bonspiel


Rogers Trucking won the A Final over DRS Energy. Pictured: Dave Turnbull, Curtis Rogers, Rob Fraser, Scott Albrecht.

Petron won the B Final over Troyer. Pictured: Watson Engelbert, Garnet Callison, Justin McKinnon, Thomas Hammond, and Thomas Jr.

Balon Valves won the C Final over PCR. Pictured: Dan Gunther (missing: Colby Coates, Ty Coates, Jeremy Clothier)

Rhyason won the D Final over Clearstream. Pictured: Curtis Schafer, Jim Schilling, Darryl Horst, Kevin Young

Apex won the E Final over Aero. Pictured: Trevor Czerwinski, Dan Bonin, Dave Kellestine (missing: Shane Marshall).



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