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Alberta’s Crude Conundrum

Happy New Year! Most miners were ready to bid adieu to 2018. The year started off well, but forces beyond our control caused prices for most mined commodities to decline and jeopardized some business models. Canada’s oil patch is probably feeling the most pain. As of January 1, a plan put in place by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley curtails crude production (See Alberta Initiates Oil Production Cuts, p. 6). This comes at a time when Albertans are swimming in oil. Recent decisions from federal judges in Canada and the U.S. are preventing the province from exporting more crude.
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Balash Impresses the Crowd at AEMA Keynote

The line for the 2018 American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) keynote luncheon was long and some miners were agitated. For $50 per seat, the AEMA had promised U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke, but he didn’t turn up. Based on the conversations held in line, however, Zinke’s approval rating among western miners isn’t as high as one would think. The skeptics believed that is why the DOI dispatched Joe Balash, assistant DOI secretary for lands and minerals, to address the crowd.
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