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  • Plans for massive oil pipeline opposed by environmentalists

    08/18/2011 2:30:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/1/8/11 | Dana Hull
    A controversial proposal to build a massive underground pipeline to carry 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas has become the environmental issue of the summer, pitting developers and labor unions desperate for construction jobs against environmentalists and Native American tribes who fear the pipeline will spell environmental disaster. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL project would consist of more than 1,700 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipe, about 327 miles of which would be in Canada while the rest would snake southward through the central United States. Because the pipeline would...
  • Oil industry makes economic pitch for Keystone XL pipeline to Gulf

    08/18/2011 9:41:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 18, 2011 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    The oil industry is hoping support from organized labor — and the promise of 20,000 construction jobs — will help convince the Obama administration to sign off on a pipeline that would transport crude oil harvested in Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Industry leaders teamed up with organized labor today to tout the projected economic benefits of the project, which is fiercely opposed by environmental advocates. “With the U.S. economy still struggling, nothing is more important than jobs, and construction of the pipeline would mean massive numbers of them,” said American Petroleum Institute Refining Issues Manager Cindy Schild in...
  • Conflict Oil or Canadian Oil? A second dispatch from Alberta's oil sands.

    08/17/2011 1:51:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | August 10, 2011 | Ronald Bailey
    Fort McMurray, Alberta—This is the second dispatch from my oil sands tour. The first dispatch yesterday focused on the oil sands mining. After our Suncor oil sands mine tour, our band of flacks and hacks were bussed back to our motel for cocktails and dinner with various Canadian oil sheiks, including Alberta’s Minister of Energy Ronald Liepert, TransCanada Pipeline vice president Robert Jones, and ConocoPhillips Canada senior vice president Nick Olds, among others. In the fashion of such tours, we sat around a conference table listening to the concerns of our hosts, which in this case, mostly involved activist opposition...
  • The Man-Made Miracle of Oil from Sand: A dispatch from Alberta's oil sands

    08/17/2011 1:13:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Reason ^ | August 9, 2011 | Ronald Bailey
    Fort McMurray, Alberta—Standing on the edge of the immense and spectacular pit of an oil sands mine for the first time last week, I was surprised by a sense of exhilaration. Later, seven stories up, equipped with earplugs, and clad in bright blue overalls, I marveled at the cascades of black bitumen froth bubbling over the sides of a separation cell like a giant witch’s cauldron. The scale of the enterprise and the sheer ingenuity involved in wresting value and sustenance from the hands of a stingy Mother Nature provoked in me a feeling close to glory. Yet as I...
  • Pipeline politics ( Canadian oilsands to the USA)

    08/15/2011 10:28:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 14, 2011 posted at 11:30 am | Jazz Shaw
    Having just finished a three part series on Canadian oil sands, I’ve been paying particular attention to how both the American media and our politicians approach the subject. Of course, I can usually rely on the steady, conservative outlets to give a fair hearing to the subject, such as this one. Wait a minute… this is from the editorial board of the Washington Post???? TO ANY ENVIRONMENTALLY conscious American, building the Keystone XL oil pipeline doesn’t sound like a great deal: a new pipeline that would transport dirty tar sands crude from Canada, over the Great Plains and to the...
  • Energy in America: Controversy Over Oil Sands Pipeline Project Approval

    08/13/2011 3:33:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    foxnews ^ | 8-11-11 | By Dan Springer
    A 4-by-8-mile pit deep in the wilderness of northwest Canada is taking center stage in America’s energy debate. The Athabasca tar sands in Alberta Province is the largest mine in what is the second largest oil reserve in the world, behind only Saudi Arabia. The United States gets 20 percent of its imported oil from Canada, about half of it coming from the vast Athabasca tar sands. And now there are plans to more than double the oil sands production and pipe nearly all of the oil through a new pipeline that would take it to refineries in Texas. Recovering...
  • Canadian Oil Sands and America: Part 1

    08/10/2011 12:03:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:25 pm on August 10, 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Fans of the “all of the above” theory of American energy policy are well aware that we need to be exploring every possible avenue of resources to meet demand in the 21st century. When it comes to oil, most of us think of sweet crude, with gushers coming up out of the ground. Unfortunately, while we have some here in North America, a lot of it sits under countries which don’t exactly have America’s best interests at heart, and it’s not going to last forever. But there are vast deposits of other types in the world, including huge reserves of...
  • Canada Has Plenty of Oil, but Does the U.S. Want It?

    07/08/2011 7:18:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, July 08, 2011 | CHIP CUMMINS And EDWARD WELSCH
    <p>Workers at Syncrude Canada's oil sands North Mine in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Canada's oil sands contain the world's third-largest proven concentration of crude oil reserves.</p> <p>EDMONTON, Alberta—In a 21st-century oil boom, this sparsely populated Canadian province has become one of the world's newest petroleum powerhouses. Foreign investors are piling in, and Alberta plans to double production over the next decade.</p>
  • Saudis have West over a barrel [And they don’t want to hear about oilsands development]

    06/19/2011 7:22:36 PM PDT · by Clive · 17 replies
    An OPEC billionaire has publicly said what everyone long suspected, but just hadn’t heard out loud before: Saudi Arabia doesn’t want the world to develop unconventional sources of oil, like Canada’s oilsands. Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the world’s 26th richest man, worth more than $19 billion, told CNN he’s worried if oil prices stay around $100 a barrel, the West will look for other sources of oil and Saudi Arabia would lose its dominant position. “We don’t want the West to go and find alternatives,” he said, “because, clearly, the higher the price of oil goes, the more they...
  • Exclusive: Keystone XL pipeline would accelerate U.S. addiction to Canadian oil: report

    06/06/2011 5:43:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Calagary Herald ^ | June 3, 2011 | Mike De Souza
    A controversial $13-billion pipeline project originating in Hardisty, Alta., will accelerate U.S. addiction to Canadian oil, says a newly-released report from Natural Resources Canada. "The Keystone XL project is seen as both furthering U.S. dependence on oil, and enabling more oilsands crude to enter the U.S. market," said the document, released through access to information legislation. The document, which assessed the ongoing debate about the project in the U.S., noted a growing opposition that was stalling the U.S. State Department from issuing the presidential permit required to authorize the project. "Although the Keystone XL pipeline was certificated in Canada in...
  • Drilling rights fetch record $842M for Alberta

    06/03/2011 5:47:03 AM PDT · by thackney
    Calgary Herald ^ | June 2, 2011 | Dina O'Meara and Rebecca Penty
    Alberta will rake in $842 million from its largest sale of oil and gas drilling rights on record — including a whopping $107 million for a 7,900-hectare licence northwest of Red Deer. Alberta Energy reported Wednesday afternoon it had sold leases or licences on 271,000 hectares at an average price of $3,100 per hectare. The sale almost doubles the provincial take — in nine sales through May, it had raised $902 million at just $694 per hectare — and puts it on track to beat the record of $2.39 billion set in 2010. Energy Minister Ronald Liepert said the injection...
  • Workers back on the job at Kearl, Wildfire still burning out of control near Imperial Oil site

    05/31/2011 1:34:30 PM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | May 31, 2011 | Brent Wittmeier
    Work resumed at Imperial Oil’s oilsands site north of Fort McMurray on Tuesday as an enormous fire continued to burn out of control nearby. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development reported the fire was 284,000 hectares on Monday and was burning within a few kilometres of Imperial Oil’s Kearl site. Firefighters are using heavy equipment to construct a fire guard, while 438 workers are fighting the blaze. Imperial Oil halted work at the main Kearl site on Monday, the third time in just over a week it had taken the precautionary move. A company spokesman could not be reached on Tuesday, but...
  • Democrats probe Koch's interest in oil sands pipe

    05/20/2011 3:47:34 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20 2011 | Reuters
    Democratic U.S. lawmakers have asked Congressional panels to look into whether Koch, an energy company led by brothers who are powerhouses in conservative politics, will benefit if the Obama administration approves a $7 billion pipeline to bring crude from Canada into the United States. U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush wrote a letter on Friday to Republicans chairing the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and one of its subcommittees, asking them to request documents from Koch Industries regarding the extent to which the company would benefit if the Keystone XL oil sands line would be built. Privately held...
  • Energy Independence? Oil Sands Key to Security & Jobs

    05/09/2011 11:38:36 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    Energy Citizens ^ | 5-7-11 | Energy Citizens
    Increasing U.S. energy independence is a top priority for America's Energy Citizens, and leveraging Canada's reserves - which are rivaled only by Saudi Arabia's - is crucial to achieving this goal. A pivotal part of our energy mix? Developing Canada's oil sands resources - which will help fuel our domestic energy needs, and stimulate new jobs, with particularly big gains in Indiana and the Midwest.
  • Oilpatch activity forecast to rise slightly {Canada, not enough workers}

    04/28/2011 6:20:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Calgary Herals ^ | April 27, 2011 | Dina O'Meara
    The level of oil and gas activity in Western Canada is expected to increase slightly in 2011, held back from roaring ahead due to ongoing labour and rig shortages, according to an industry association; New wells drilled are expected to reach 12,950 this year, up about 200 from a January forecast, said the Petroleum Services Association of Canada Wednesday. Alberta, the centre of oil and gas drilling in Canada, will see the bulk of the increase on surging crude prices, The province’s gain will be offset by a 15 per cent drop in drilling activity in British Columbia, where poor...
  • $2.7-billion Cenovus expansion approved Oilsands project to phase in 120,000 bpd

    04/27/2011 5:32:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | April 27, 2011 | Dan Healing
    Fast-growing oilsands company Cenovus Energy Inc. has won provincial approval for an estimated $2.7-billion expansion of its Christina Lake thermal operations. The company, split off from Encana Corp. two years ago, announced Tuesday it has an Energy Resources Conservation Board endorsement to move forward with three expansion phases of 40,000 bpd each to bring gross production capacity to 218,000 bpd. At an average capital intensity of about $22,500 per flowing barrel, the 120,000-bpd Christina Lake expansion would cost about $2.7 billion. The steam-assisted gravity drainage project is now producing about 18,000 bpd but had approvals to expand to 98,000 bpd....
  • Debate stirred over 1st major US tar sands mine

    04/10/2011 4:35:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 10, 2011 | CHI-CHI ZHANG
    Beneath the lush, green hills of eastern Utah's Uinta Basin, where elk, bear and bison outnumber people, the soil is saturated with a sticky tar that may soon provide a new domestic source of petroleum for the United States. It would be a first-of-its kind project in the country that some fear could be a slippery slope toward widespread wilderness destruction. -While tar sands projects are relatively new in the U.S., Canada has been a major producer for years, and in doing so, has become the No. 1 foreign supplier of oil to America. Alberta's sprawling oil sands deposits are...
  • Canada needs to diversify oil markets: Enbridge

    04/05/2011 5:32:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | April 4, 2011 | Shaun Polczer
    Amid growing calls in the United States to curb or even restrict imports of oilsands crude, a leading proponent of a new export pipeline to the West Coast said in Calgary Monday that Canada needs to reduce its reliance on a single customer or risk being held hostage to the whims of a single buyer. “There is a risk with having one customer,” John Carruthers, the president of Enbridge Northern Gateway, told a Canadian Energy Research Institute oil conference. “There’s strong value in having market diversification.” The proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway would open markets for Alberta’s growing oilsands production in...
  • Keystone XL pipeline proposal causes U.S. media clash

    04/04/2011 7:38:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | April 4, 2011 | Sheldon Alberts
    When it comes to choosing sides in the debate over TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the American media seems every bit as divided as U.S. members of Congress and the Obama administration. In its lead editorial on Sunday, the New York Times urged President Barack Obama to reject construction of the 3,200-kilometres pipeline from Alberta to Texas because the project is “not only environmentally risky, it is unnecessary.” The Times editorialists took a sharply different view of Calgary-based TransCanada’s Keystone XL project than one of its major news competitors — the Washington Post — did when it weighed in on...
  • Traditional oil markets saturated, forum told

    04/03/2011 2:23:58 PM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | April 1, 2011 | Dave Cooper
    Alberta’s traditional oil markets in the northern and Midwest U.S. are saturated, and the glut is forcing a $10-per-barrel discount and costing producers about $9 billion a year, says a Total E&P Canada vice-president. “This is the new reality,” Gary Houston told the National Buyer/Seller Forum on Thursday. He said the situation is obvious, with record amounts of oil in storage in the U.S. “We know they are swimming in oil because the price delivered in Chicago is $10 a barrel lower than the equivalent barrel floating on the ocean. So at 2.5 million barrels a day we are talking...
  • Labour shortage in oilpatch current reality

    03/28/2011 5:15:11 AM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies
    Calagary Herald ^ | March 25, 2011 | Dina O'Meara
    Labour shortages aren’t looming in the Alberta oilpatch, they are already here, said the head of the Petroleum Human Resources Council. As oil and natural gas liquids activity ramps up on the back of strong prices, conventional operations are having to compete not only with like-industries such as construction, but with unconventional projects — the oilsands. “Our shortage, just based on activity alone, is now, in 2011,” said Cheryl Knight Thursday at an Economic Society of Canada presentation. In 2009 the oil and gas industry directly employed 172,000 people in operations, most in out in the field in the services...
  • Terror Attack in Canada: A Question of When, Not If

    03/12/2011 10:36:20 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 4 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | March 12, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    If there were to be a strike, wouldn't it make sense that it happen when the targets least expect? That would seem logical. Also logical would be to assume that al Qaeda has continued to evolve and use 'outside the box' thinking. They know that while all of the changes in security policies and procedures implemented since 9/11 haven't been perfect (TSA), it has become increasingly difficult to execute a large-scale attack. With the price of oil certain to rise and the global economic situation as volatile as ever, one could expect our energy infrastructure to be a prime target....
  • Enbridge to expand Bakken pipeline systems

    02/14/2011 10:20:09 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | February 14, 2011 | Reuters
    Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) is going ahead with a $560 million expansion of its Bakken pipelines, adding 145,000 barrels per day of new capacity from one of North America’s fastest-growing oil producing regions, the company said Monday. Enbridge will expand its North Dakota and Saskatchewan pipeline systems to handle rising oil output from the Bakken field, which spans the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, and the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota. The project will provide much-needed pipeline space in the region, where producers have turned to expensive truck or rail shipment to get their oil to market because of a...
  • Proposed Canadian oilsands pipeline stirs U.S. debate

    02/07/2011 11:01:21 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | February 7, 2011 | Sheldon Alberts
    Visits by Canadian prime ministers to the White House rarely generate the kind of American media attention that Ottawa hopes for — too often Canada's message is lost in the dust kicked up by the crisis of the day confronting the president of the United States. The trend for the most part continued on Friday, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama inked a border declaration that could establish a North American security perimeter. As Harper started talking about the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship, CNN cut away. Egypt dominated. But one side issue on the Harper-Obama...
  • Harper presses Obama to approve Keystone oilsands pipeline

    02/05/2011 10:27:44 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | February 4, 2011 | Sheldon Alberts
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a personal pitch Friday for President Barack Obama to support a controversial $7 billion pipeline that could double the amount of Alberta oilsands crude exported to the United States. Harper confirmed he pressed Obama on Calgary-based TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline during the two leaders' hour-long meeting at the White House. The planned 3,200-kilometre pipeline, which would run from Hardisty, Alberta to the Gulf Coast of Texas, is currently in limbo as the State Department weighs whether to grant a presidential permit allowing construction to begin. In a question-and-answer session with reporters, Harper was asked...
  • 'Significant' China, Saskatchewan Energy Deal in The Works -Official

    01/19/2011 9:56:11 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | Jing Yang
    A "significant" energy deal is in the works between China and the Saskatchewan province of Canada, the managing director of Saskatchewan's trade and investment representative office in Shanghai said Wednesday. The deal could be finalized by May, Richard Choi told Dow Jones Newswires, without specifying whether the deal involves the governments or companies of the two countries. In a separate agreement, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. and the Ministry of Energy and Resources of Saskatchewan have agreed to extend a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in energy exploration technology, he said. Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd and...
  • Impacts of Canada's oil-sands operations 'exaggerated'

    12/16/2010 1:20:57 PM PST · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Nature ^ | 15 December 2010 | Hannah Hoag
    Report rebuts cancer claims and recommends changes to oversight and monitoring. A panel of top Canadian scientists has scrutinized research on the health and environmental effects of oil-sands development in northern Alberta, and found exaggerated claims for its impact on health. It has also identified weakness in monitoring and inadequate evidence to support some remediation technologies now in place. The panel, convened by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), finds fault with the media and environmental groups but most of its criticism focuses on the industry-funded body responsible for monitoring oil-sands and the Alberta and federal governments.
  • Who's the ding dong now, Avon? (Avon & Canada Oil sands)

    12/05/2010 5:39:37 AM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 12/3/2010 | Calgary Herald
    Looking good is what Avon is all about, so it's not surprising that a cosmetics giant with annual revenues of $10 billion is concerned about its image. That, after all, is the motive behind Avon's boycott of fuel derived from Alberta's oil sands -- looking good. Never mind that oil banned from Alberta -- the most regulated and transparently sourced oil on the planet -- will have to be replaced by oil from some despotic regime but, hey, maybe you can put lipstick on a pig. "Avon recognizes its responsibility to the environment and the world's forests," said Tod Abreast,...
  • Taking a Spin Around Topicville

    10/12/2010 8:00:51 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 13, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Caught a few minutes of Denis Leary on the Joy Behar show last night. Even watching my favorite comedian being interviewed didn't stop the slight nausea induced by having to listen to Behar. As is typical from this libtard joke of a t.v. host, she bashed the Republicans for '...pontificating' Ronald Reagan. Do I even need to mention the name John Kennedy? Liberals have long placed the adulterous, Vietnam War-starting, son-of-a-bootlegger slimeball of a president on a pedestal. The fact that Behar has her own show is proof enough that we have too many channels and not enough talent. More...
  • Random Rants: October 2010

    10/04/2010 8:31:39 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 4, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    - Another week, another CBC hatchet-job against Alberta. The government-owned 'broadcaster' (I use that term very loosely) ran another one-sided, biased segment in their quest to paint our oil sands with a negative brush. The far-left network has a history of bashing the West using misinformation or outright deletion of facts. The best thing for Canada? A majority Conservative government with the stones to end the one billion dollars per year in funding this farce of a network receives annually. Ezra Levant has a great take on the issue here. - I have been contemplating why the recent warning of...
  • James Cameron's Oilsands Tour: An Analysis

    10/02/2010 12:03:11 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 4 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 2, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    When all was said and done, when the paparazzi with their cameras had left after covering the one of the worst public relations gambles ever taken by a premier of Alberta, the James Cameron oil sands tour ended up being more buzz then progress.  And a complete waste of thousands of taxpayer dollars. The whole mess could have been easily avoided if Ed Stelmach had shown any kind of real leadership. Our oil sands industry has come under increasing scrutiny by the enviroNazi movement, who has chosen Alberta’s energy sector as their latest cause célèbre. Using misinformation and lies,...
  • Lame-Duck Meets Avatar(d) (Full article)

    09/22/2010 11:47:29 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 5 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | September 22, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Next week Albertans could be witness to the most glaring of many examples of leadership failures by our own premier, Ed Stelmach. Hollywood director James 'Avatar(d)' Cameron is scheduled to make a visit to our vitally important (and equally vilified) oil sands operations. Cameron, who previously referred to our oil sands as '...a black eye for Canada', then followed up with the admission that he didn't really know anything about the subject, received a letter from Premier Stelmach inviting him to tour northern Alberta. The Hollywood director has taken up the offer - but on his schedule. Now we see...
  • Lame-Duck Meets Avatar(d)

    09/22/2010 11:31:32 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 6 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | September 22, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Hollywood director James 'Avatar(d)' Cameron is scheduled to make a visit to our vitally important (and equally vilified) oil sands operations. Cameron, who previously referred to our oil sands as '...a black eye for Canada', then followed up with the admission that he didn't really know anything about the subject, received a letter from Premier Stelmach inviting him to tour northern Alberta. The Hollywood director has taken up the offer - but on his schedule. Now we see the so-called 'leader' of the province doing his best impression of a jellyfish by kowtowing to the self-proclaimed 'king of the world'.
  • Oil sands to dominate agenda on Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Canada

    09/10/2010 11:05:32 PM PDT · by Rabin · 15 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | Sep. 08, 2010 11:40AM EDT | Josh Wingrove and Nathan VanderKlippe
    One of the top officials in the U.S. government, Nancy Pelosi, will get a crash course this week on Canada’s oil sands, orchestrated by President Barack Obama’s point man in Ottawa. The meetings will focus on climate change, the oil sands and the Canadian energy industry. They come at a crucial time in relations between the United States and Canada, its top energy supplier, and as Washington considers approval of a landmark cross-border pipeline project.
  • Pelosi heads north to talk oilsands

    09/04/2010 7:45:13 AM PDT · by epithermal · 10 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sep 03 2010 | Mitch Potter
    WASHINGTON—The most powerful voice in America’s energy debate is coming to Ottawa for a series of meetings to learn more about Canada’s controversial oilsands development, the Star has learned. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected in the Canadian capital Wednesday and Thursday for a summit of G8 Speakers. But the journey now will include several high-level meetings focusing on Alberta’s energy-intensive oilsands, sources on both sides of the border confirm. -snip- But the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa also has reached out to a range of environmental groups and independent research organizations to arrange a separate meeting with Pelosi and her...
  • EnviroNazi's Choice

    09/02/2010 10:04:16 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | September 2, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Companies like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, eager to give the impression that they actually 'care' about the environment, announce boycotts of our oil sands yet don't seem to have a problem taking that same oil-money at their cash registers from Albertan consumers. The enviroNazis don't bother with the truth - that just gets in the way of feel-good P.R. spin. The truth being, of course, that less than one-tenth of one percent of global emissions are a result of the oil sands.
  • Flaw in Anti-Oil Sands Plan: American's Aren't Idiots

    07/16/2010 12:06:22 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | July 16, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Mexico, Japan, Sweden, Norway, China, Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Denmark, France, Philippines, Spain, Austria, South Africa, Ukraine, Isreal, South Korea, Chile, …..(Writers note: I thought I’d make a theoretical list of potential customers for Alberta’s oil sands. While I have every confidence that my American friends are not gullible enough to believe the latest enviroNazi-created anti-Alberta oil sands campaign, from time to time even the best and brightest of Canada’s neighboring nation have been known to get sucked into choosing sizzle over steak and falling for spin(Obama).....
  • Oil and Wax Don't Mix

    07/08/2010 3:05:44 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | July 8, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    U.S. chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee Henry Waxman has shown his level of ignorance regarding the oil sands. News broke this week that Waxman had urged the State Department to block TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Hardisty, Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast. This pipeline represents a direct line from the safest and largest non-American source of oil to the U.S. There are no dictators to deal with, no terrorists threats. America's ally and closest friend has a most valuable resource, and Waxman is asking his own government to ignore it. As is...
  • Yet Another Embarrassment from Milquetoast Ed

    07/07/2010 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | July 7, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The allegation that our political scene could have been infiltrated by 'operatives' working under the direction of foreign interests should surprise no one, especially coming from the very top of our intelligence community. Given Canada's history of moving towards Trudeau's vision of a multi-cultural utopia at the expense of such things as a proper immigration system that wouldn't weaken our overall national security, to reject such a claim out of hand would be completely naive.
  • Oilpatch worker shortage forecast in energy industry survey {Canada}

    06/22/2010 10:08:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | June 21, 2010 | Dan Healing
    CALGARY - Evidence is growing that the oil and gas industry is headed for a labour supply crunch thanks to an aging workforce as stable oil prices and the resurrection of deferred oilsands projects increase demand. A survey of 135 of Canada’s oil, gas and utility companies by human resources consultant Mercer is the basis of a study released Monday that shows under even a modest growth assumption those firms, which now employ 82,500 people, will need to hire 24,000 new employees by 2014. The study results back up a report earlier this month by the Petroleum Human Resources Council...
  • Is This What You Meant, Mr. President?

    06/17/2010 9:12:18 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 294+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 17, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    "...even China investing in Clean Energy" - President Barack H. Obama, Speech from the Oval Office (June 15, 2010) "Sinopec Corp. and PetroChina, both Chinese state-owned corporations, injected more than $2 billion into Alberta's oilsands in 2009.....More recently, China Investment Corp. invested $817 million in a project with Penn West Energy Trust, and Sinopec paid $4.65 billion US for a stake in Syncrude Canada, the largest oilsands operation in the world." - Calgary Herald (June 10, 2010)
  • Canada’s Oil Sands Set to Become Biggest Source of U.S. Oil Imports, Report Says

    05/24/2010 1:28:38 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies · 325+ views
    OilPrice.com ^ | 05/24/2010 | Darrell Delamaide
    Canadian oil sands will probably become the No. 1 source of U.S. crude oil imports this year, and could make up more than a third of the nation’s oil and refined product imports by 2030, according to a new study. The Role of Canadian Oil Sands in U.S. Oil Supply, a report from Cambridge, Mass.-based IHS CERA, says that in a fast-growth scenario, oil sands could represent 36% of oil imports by 2030, or 20% in a more moderate growth scenario, compared with 8% in 2009. Production of 1.35 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2009 could rise to between...
  • Alberta oilsands become largest U.S. supplier of crude in 2010: Report

    05/19/2010 11:51:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 597+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | May 19, 2010 | Shaun Polczer, Calgary Herald
    Massachusettsbased Cambridge Energy Research Associates finds 2010 will mark the first time oilsands production will account for the lion's share of U.S. imports of petroleum and refined productsIf the oilsands were a country, they would be the largest source of crude oil to the United States, according to a new report by a leading American energy think-tank. Canada has long been a top oil supplier to its southern neighbour, but 2010 will mark the first time oilsands production will account for the lion's share of U.S. imports of petroleum and refined products, according to the report prepared by Massachusettsbased Cambridge...
  • Now's the time to talk like adults about energy, oil sands

    05/06/2010 3:48:28 AM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 2010-05-05 | Deborah Yedlin
    The comment came during the question-and-answer period of Suncor's first annual meeting following its merger with Petro- Canada and probably was the last thing company president and chief executive Rick George would have expected. And yet, there it was -- from the most unlikely source. "My name is Clint Rooney. I am a United Church minister." There was an audible gasp in the large room in the basement of the Telus Convention Centre as expectations rose that the oncoming commentary was going to refer to the 11 church groups that visited the oilsands a year ago. Instead, what followed was...
  • Random Rants: May 2010

    05/02/2010 12:04:03 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 196+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 2, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...the Tea Party movement has now spilled over the border into Canada. First it was Ann Coulter, now it’s the average American who is teaching Canadians that it is okay to stray from the leftist status quo.....
  • Ava-tard!

    04/21/2010 7:43:10 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 3 replies · 184+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | April 21, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...speaking of bloated environmentalists, a thought: the Iceland volcano problem could be solved in a heartbeat - and he would forever be a Green martyr - if we air-dropped Al Gore into the cone. Surely, either his fat head or his fat ass would plug the hole, no?.....
  • Drill, Mr. President, Drill

    03/31/2010 4:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,007+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 31, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAYLY Staff
    Energy: As the administration loosens restrictions on domestic energy development and offshore drilling, a reviled company develops technology to unlock America's vast shale resources. Drill, baby, drill. We have been among President Obama's harshest critics when it comes to the administration's overly restrictive energy policy, so we were pleasantly surprised to see him announce on Wednesday some light at the end of the pipeline. Some light, for many restrictions will remain in an energy policy best termed schizophrenic. Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., Obama announced the welcome news that his administration will let lease sales go...
  • 'Subway' could tap in situ oilsands' potential

    03/24/2010 9:52:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies · 393+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 3/24/10 | Shaun Polczer
    A Calgary company is proposing a unique tunnelling method for extracting in situ oilsands that could allow production of bitumen thought to be inaccessible with current technology. Osum Oilsands Corp. -- the name is an an acronym for "oilsands underground mining" -- is proposing a network of tunnels to develop its Saleski project to develop the Grosmont carbonate midway between Fort McMurray and Peace River. Unlike conventional oilsands, where bitumen is encased in between molecules of water and grains of sand, Grosmont hosts some 320 billion barrels of oilsands resource encased in limestone, according to the Energy Resources Conservation Board,...
  • EU reportedly removes oilsands trade barriers

    03/24/2010 9:49:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies · 262+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 3/24/10 | Reuters
    The European Union has yielded to Canadian demands it remove possible trade barriers to polluting oilsands to avoid further damage to ties, according to sources and leaked documents. Relations are already strained after the European Union banned imports of seal products last July on animal welfare grounds, a move Canada is challenging at the World Trade Organisation. Canada warns that draft EU standards to promote greener fuels are too unwieldy and will harm the market for its oil sands -- tar-like oil that is trapped in sediment and forms the world's second-largest proven crude reserves after Saudi Arabia. "Such a...
  • Oil Sands Producers Eye Gulf Coast Market

    03/23/2010 10:18:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 202+ views
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | 3/23/2010 | Edward Welsch
    ... Historically, Canadian high-sulfur, or "heavy," crude, shipped by long-distance pipeline, has struggled to compete against cheaper, seaborne shipments of oil from Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. But Mexico's heavy-crude output is declining and Venezuelan exports of the stuff to the U.S. have dropped amid a rocky political relationship between the two nations. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has also cut exports of high-sulfur crude, which is less profitable than lighter varieties, as part of broader cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. ... Mexico's heavy crude oil is in decline due to waning production from its giant Cantarell offshore field...