The proposed plan to access Green Point shale in western Newfoundland using hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”) has raised the issue of how Newfoundland and Labrador will regulate fracking. Fracking has been a controversial subject in the province, and throughout North America, due to concerns that the injection of chemical treatments into reservoirs […]
To thrive in the highly competitive oil and gas industry, companies must be aware of the need for continuous innovation. Oil and gas companies in Alberta are under increasing pressure to recover natural resources more efficiently and in a manner that will have a reduced impact on the environment. This requires the commitment of considerable […]
Torys LLP is a highly respected international business law firm with offices in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and New York. Our lawyers work together to offer legal services to clients throughout Canada and on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. This article highlights what you can expect to see in foreign investment review in Canada this […]
In my first article of the Technology and Law series in the fall of the 2012 edition, I mentioned how the superstar companies of the Canadian oil and gas industry are not just exploration companies. Moreover, the list of oil and gas technology companies making big ripples is already impressive, and it is growing every […]
Master in its Own House In 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) adopted an Energy Plan to guide and define a provincial vision for energy resource development. As a result, through Crown corporation, Nalcor Energy, the province now owns a 5 percent interest in the White Rose Expansion, a 4.9 percent interest in Hebron, and a […]
Energy projects—be they oil and gas, mining, conventional hydro or renewable energy—are generally capital intensive, and financing is critical to success. Many resource undertakings share a similar trajectory, and many factors influence the type of financing available throughout the project’s lifecycle. Early stage exploration entities are often the riskiest ventures, and commercial lenders are generally […]
In the last edition, I highlighted some due diligence considerations for a business wanting to acquire a technology venture. In this article, I will focus on some important factors to keep in mind regarding the actual acquisition transaction. Although the interaction between oil and gas and technology is nothing new, there is an increase in […]
Large acquisitions or mergers in exploration and production usually make the headlines and get considerable attention. But acquisitions of innovation and technology companies often do not get the same level of attention. Yet, the impact and importance of these businesses to the energy sector are undeniable—think of the new multi-billion dollar plays that the new […]
Companies drilling for oil offshore of Newfoundland and Labrador face some of the most challenging physical risks anywhere in the world. Physical risk, such as spills or injury to persons or property, is an easily understood topic that garners a lot of attention. Some environmental groups suggest Canadians should simply ban drilling off the coasts […]
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