Tony Seskus

Senior Producer Western Digital Business Unit

Tony Seskus is senior producer with CBC's Western Business unit in Calgary. He's written for newspapers and wire services for more than 25 years on three continents. In Calgary, Tony has reported on the energy sector and federal politics.

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With Keystone XL back on the shelf, oilpatch pressure mounts on Trudeau and Trans Mountain

With U.S. President Joe Biden cancelling the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, attention turns to the Trans Mountain expansion project — from those for and against. It's owned by the federal government and is under construction, but many wonder if the oil pipeline will ever be completed.

Alberta braces for Biden's Keystone XL decision

If Joe Biden cancels Keystone XL's U.S. permit in one of his first acts as president, it would be a blow for the province of Alberta and the energy sector, but the size of the hit remains one of many questions.

Alberta drafts Capitol Hill operatives as it seeks support for Keystone XL, trade issues

Alberta’s UCP government is hiring influential lobbyists and communications experts in Washington, D.C., as it seeks support on Capitol Hill for the Keystone XL pipeline and other trade interests south of the border.

How the Keystone XL pipeline could — just maybe — find a path forward under Joe Biden

Despite the political clouds hanging over the Alberta-to-Nebraska pipeline, could there still be a way forward for the long-disputed project under the incoming Biden administration? Some observers say it's possible.

After a turbulent year, Canada's energy industry braces for more upheaval in 2021

An international oil price war combined with a pandemic made 2020 a very difficult year for Canada's oil and gas sector. But the year ahead will offer little respite, with the pace of economic recovery, pipeline development, climate policy and a new U.S. president all part of an unpredictable mix.

An inside look at how an oilpatch mega-merger could further hollow out Calgary's downtown office towers

The impact on the city's office rental market of the merged Cenovus and Husky company moving into a single headquarters will be "significant," experts say.

Strip mall merchants navigate anxieties, hopes and challenges of the pandemic

They're an odd patchwork of businesses: French bakery, meat market, martial arts dojo, vegan restaurant and a distillery. But they are bound by a single address, a modern strip mall on the edge of an industrial park located in northeast Calgary.

Oil prices surge on vaccine hopes — and then ebb on pandemic realities

Oil prices surged to start the week on positive vaccine news and then faded again, highlighting the fact the pandemic continues to be a major force in an oil market that still faces a lot of uncertainty.

For Canada's energy sector, a Joe Biden win is just 1 more item on a long list of uncertainties

Many in Canada's oilpatch may not want Democrat Joe Biden in the White House, but they are keenly aware that the sector has more pressing problems than politics.

How a Biden victory could shake up Alberta's oil and gas sector

It's been a rough year for the oil industry — now it'll be watching to see whether another shakeup is coming, this time in the form of a new U.S. president.

Historic Alberta coal community wrestles with plans for new mining

Some residents of historic Crowsnest Pass, Alta., hope a new mining opportunity will lift up their town's economy. But others fear negative consequences from open-pit mining in a postcard setting tucked at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Cenovus to buy Husky Energy for $3.8B, designed to 'weather the current environment'

The Calgary-based firms say in a joint announcement that the combined company will be the third-largest Canadian oil and natural gas producer, based on total company production.

Winter is coming — and that could be good news for Alberta's natural gas sector

There's hope around the oil-and-gas sector that the arrival of a normal winter could bring some much-needed stability for Alberta's natural gas producers.

U of C sees 'remarkable' drop in undergrads focusing on oilpatch engineering and geology

Analyst says the downturn that’s been weighing on the sector since the middle of the decade has impacted the number of students enrolling in oil-and-gas-related studies.

Suncor Energy to cut staff by up to 15% over next year and a half

Suncor Energy informed employees on Friday morning that it's cutting staff by as much as 15 per cent in the coming months.