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Industry wants Alberta to rethink coal plan, says miners, towns will suffer

EDMONTON — The president of the Coal Association of Canada says Alberta's plan to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 will throw people out of work, hurt rural communities and undermine industries by boosting electricity costs.

Robin Campbell said the NDP government should instead invest in new technologies to help retrofit the plants so they can continue to burn coal, but with less pollution. READ

Royal Society report urges more research into oil spills' impact on water

A report by the Royal Society of Canada says there are major research gaps when it comes to understanding the environmental impacts of oil spills in water. READ

Doctors praise Alberta coal phase-out — industry seeks details

Doctors are lining up to praise the Alberta government's new climate policy which includes phasing out coal-burning power plants within 15 years. READ

Major oilsands operator Imperial still mulling over Alberta's new climate plan

The bosses of four of Canada's biggest oilsands producers shared the stage with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as she unveiled the province's sweeping new climate policy, but a fifth big player is still mulling over the details. READ

Calgarians waiting for 'other shoe to drop' over energy woes: mayor

Calgary's mayor says plunging oil prices haven't had as dire an effect on the city as most had expected, but many in the industry are still waiting for the "other shoe to drop." READ

Shell's embrace of carbon capture reflects need to remain competitive: CEO

Ben van Beurden would be the first to admit carbon capture and storage is not the most alluring technology to look at. READ

Alberta family wants talks on farm contaminated by oil and gas industry

An Alberta family whose farmland has been tainted by chemical contamination is asking the province's energy regulator to force the responsible companies to negotiate compensation. READ

Alberta coal mine to suspend operations Christmas Eve — 220 people to lose jobs

People in a remote, small town in northwestern Alberta are in shock after learning the Grande Cache Coal underground mine is to shut down on Christmas Eve. READ

TransCanada denies politics at play in request to suspend Keystone XL review

The company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline denies the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a factor when it asked for the review of the project to be suspended. READ

Alberta premier says climate change key to progress on Keystone pipeline

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says progress on addressing climate change is the key to getting pipelines built. READ

Critics seek tough rules for old wells

New research is raising concern about tens of thousands of dormant Alberta oil wells that don’t meet even minimum safety standards. READ

Business confidence up in August

Alberta business owners regained some of their swagger in August, according to the latest survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. READ

Notley stresses importance of environment in speech to Montreal business group

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government intends to do a much better job at living up to its responsibility to be part of the solution on climate change. READ

Oil, agriculture to buoy economy in West

Economically speaking, Western Canada should still be one of the best places in the world to live in 2012, a banking expert says. READ

TransCanada may be able to sped up urgently needed leg of Keystone pipeline

It may be possible for TransCanada Corp. to build the most urgently needed leg of its delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline as early as next year, an executive with the pipeline giant said Wednesday. READ

Cash Store reports big increase in Q2 profit

EDMONTON — Lender of last resort The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. (TSX:CSF) announced Wednesday it was boosting its dividend after reporting a major increase in second-quarter profits. READ

Shaw interested in some of Canwest's assets

The chief executive officer of Shaw Communication Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) confirmed Thursday that his company has been looking at buying some of Canwest’s assets, although he wouldn’t say what has caught his interest. READ

Finning posts loss

VANCOUVER — Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT) shares sank Wednesday after the heavy equipment dealer said revenues and earnings fell more than analysts expected as the recession hit all of its businesses. READ

Missing man’s father seeks answers

The father of a slain Medicine Hat man says he is searching for answers in his son’s killing. READ

Canpages directory should be bigger

The Canpages directory should make a louder thump when it hits Central Alberta doorsteps this year. READ

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