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Dr. Gary Borstad (Photo credit: Kevin Murnaghan)

Borstad Receives Val Shaw Memorial Award

was presented at the 40th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Fredericton, New Brunswick on June 25, 2019. The Val Shaw Award was established in 1990 in memory of Val Shaw, an executive with the Bercha Group and a strong proponent of remote sensing in Canada.Gary was educated at the Universities of Alberta, Paris and McGill and has been active in remote sensing since 1975. With his partner, Lorraine, he founded Borstad Associates Ltd. in 1983 to provide remote sensing data acquisition and analysis internationally. In 2009, Borstad Associates merged with ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. to provide expanded

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Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

its application to nearly triple the capacity of Trans Mountain, which the government bought last year from Kinder Morgan Canada to ensure it gets built.The move came after Canada's Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Liberal government's 2016 approval to expand the pipeline, which runs from Alberta's oil heartland to the British Columbia coast. (Reuters reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; editing by Jonathan Oatis

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

.Smaller awards in specially judged categories went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; École de Technologie Supérieure; Texas A&M University; Washington State University; University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (Puerto Rico); San Diego Robotics 101; University of Alberta (Canada); Ohio State University; and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California Institute of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell

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ExxonMobil's Canada Offshore Project Produces First Oil

barrels that comes from western Canada, but first oil from Hebron is still welcome news for the country's energy industry after foreign oil majors sold off around $23 billion in Canadian assets this year as a result of depressed prices.   While Canadian crude production is still growing thanks to Alberta's vast oil sands, forecasts have been scaled back since oil prices started slumping in mid-2014.   During Hebron's eight-year construction process U.S. oil prices collapsed from over $100 a barrel to as low as $26.   The platform holds living quarters, drilling and production facilities

World Temperatures Hit New High in 2016

of Leeds, said this year was likely to be cooler. "However, unless we have a major volcanic eruption, I expect the record to be broken again within a few years," he said. Ash from big eruptions can dim sunlight.   Natural Disasters Among last year's extreme weather events, wildfires in Alberta were the costliest natural disaster in Canada's history while Phalodi in west India recorded a temperature of 51C (123.8°F) on May 19, a national record. North America also had its warmest year on record, the Great Barrier Reef off Australia suffered severe damage from rising temperatures


Experts on Ice

desired goal, matching that information with the aircraft that is best suited to the task. Canatec Canatec is a relatively new addition to the St. John’s ocean technology cluster, but has deep history and experience in harsh environment surveillance and management. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canatec has spent 22  years dealing with the challenges of Arctic ice. The St. John’s-based Canatec team – a R&D arm of the core company – has taken on a very specific project in the area of marine search and rescue (SAR) operations. The team is aiming to repurpose technology

Security Threat in Yemen Shuts CNOOC's Nexen Facility

will be progressed in a timely manner. Our personnel will vacate and production will cease," Nexen spokeswoman Diane Kossman said in an e-mail.   She said Nexen will monitor the situation and re-start operations when it is safe for workers to return.   China's CNOOC acquired Calgary, Alberta-based Nexen in early 2013. (Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto; Editing by Diane Craft

Gas Pipeline in Alberta  (courtesy of Ziff)

Ziff Energy Announces Western Canada Oil & Gas Full-Cycle Cost Study

Western Canada Oil & Gas Full-Cycle Cost Study. The study will provide granular detail on Western Canada full-cycle oil and gas costs as well as analyze full-cycle costs for 7 oil strategy areas and 11 gas strategy areas.   The oil strategy areas to be analyzed include heavy oil, central Alberta, northern Alberta, southern Alberta, Cardium, Viking, and Bakken. The gas strategy areas to be analyzed include Duvernay, Montney, Horn River, deep basin, west central Alberta, British Columbia plains, southern shallow, northern shallow, foothills, and coalbed methane.   The study will


Shell Advances Peterhead Clean Energy Project

“CCS could play a major role in ensuring secure, low carbon energy in the future and we are pleased to be playing our part in its development" The proposed initiative at Peterhead is part of a portfolio of major CCS projects supported by Shell. Others include the Quest oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, and the Gorgon project in Australia. The agreement signed by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at Shell’s offices in Aberdeen today, marks the start of a period of Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED), which is expected to continue until 2015. Subject

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