Performing the vital service of linking energy producers and refineries with end-users, the midstream sector has become a continental and global business that must deal with commodity price fluctuation and shifting geopolitics. But as the Keystone XL project illustrated, this industry is also facing increasing public and regulatory scrutiny and is under pressure to implement technologies to improve both environmental safety and efficiency.
Furthermore, the growing trend towards accessing energy from unconventional sources has accelerated the need for development along the petroleum value chain, including pipeline, storage, gathering, processing and transportation infrastructure. Companies in this sector therefore require legal counsel with both first-hand expertise in the oil and gas industry and a real-world business perspective that prioritizes ground-level solutions.
As counsel for pipeline companies, refiners, chemical companies, commodity traders and financiers, the Oil & Gas lawyers at Blakes have developed extensive knowledge of North America’s energy transportation corridors. From approvals and project development to supply negotiations, investment structures, and joint venture and acquisition implementation, we draw upon our extensive experience in energy, M&A, infrastructure, financial services, tax and competition law.
We have helped a deep and diverse client base that includes some the largest energy companies in Canada and the world.

Representative Matters
  • Counsel to Pembina Pipeline on its US$650-million purchase of the Alberta Vantage pipeline (from Bakken, North Dakota, to Empress, Alberta) and an interest in Mistral Midstream's Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant.
  • Advising TransCanada on its C$12-billion Energy East pipeline project to deliver 1.1 million barrels per day of crude oil to Quebec and New Brunswick by 2017/2018.
  • Represented Suncor Energy Inc. in the negotiation of two contracts with Petro-Canada for the processing of bitumen into sour crude and the sale of additional sour crude to Petro-Canada. Both are long-term agreements involving billions of dollars and thousands of barrels per day of refined product.
  • Assisted Nexen with negotiating and drafting Gateway documents, and negotiated agreements of transportation services, terminal service, and storage and marketing (primarily with Plains/InterPipeline).
  • Advised Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its pending acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd. and on its C$300-million acquisition of the Cutbank gas-processing facilities and related gathering systems from Talisman Energy Canada, in connection with the development of a pipeline system that is designed to transport up to 100,000 bpd of imported condensate from Kitimat, British Columbia, to Edmonton, Alberta, at an estimated cost of C$1-billion.
  • Advised Altex Energy Corporation on its heavy bitumen pipeline project from the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico refineries.
  • Counsel to Harvest Energy Trust with its acquisition of North Atlantic Refining Limited and the Come By Chance medium gravity, sour crude hydrocracking refinery located in Come by Chance, Newfoundland, and in negotiating feedstock supply and product off-take arrangements for the refinery.
  • Advised Husky Energy Inc. on various aspects of ownership and operation of its upgrader facility in Lloydminster, Alberta, including its expansion; and on the negotiation, execution and delivery of a series of transportation and terminalling agreements for diluent and dilbit for the Sunrise oil sands project.
  • Represented Direct Energy in connection with co-development and gas-gathering and compression arrangements of gas properties owned jointly with EnCana in the area of Entice, Alberta.
  • Counsel to EnCana with the negotiation, execution and delivery of agreements relating to the sale of a major gas-processing complex in the area of Suffield, Alberta, along with a major long-term gas-processing agreement.