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Pipelines needed to meet Indian demand for Alberta bitumen

Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald, Jan 16 2014

EDMONTON — India has a voracious thirst for oilsands bitumen, but Alberta needs to have pipelines to deliver the product to tidewater before it can finalize any major deals with the country’s energy industry, International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas said Thursday.

Kitimat/oilsands proposal moving ahead: mogul

Peter James, Prince George Citizen, October 4 2013

David Black is convinced his proposed refinery near Kitimat will be both an economic and environmental winner, but challenges remain about getting bitumen from Alberta to the north coast.

‘Pipeline or rail, the oil will flow’, say Alberta oil industry and Canada’s government

Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, 30 Sep 2013

Following a visit by federal ministers to British Columbia last week to win over oil pipeline opponents, VO takes a look at what happened and what's to come. The pressure to expand oil-by-rail is relentless. Meanwhile, the oil train derailments are accumulating. And a recent editorial by Postmedia suggested that proposals to ship oil by truck on Canada's highways will be next.

CN Rail floats idea of shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert: documents

Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Sep. 22, 2013

CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.

Scientists Find Canadian Oil Safe for Pipelines, but Critics Say Questions Remain

Dan Frosch, New York Times, June 25, 2013

Diluted bitumen — the blend of thick Canadian crude that would be shipped by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline — is no riskier to transport than other types of crude oil, a new study has found, a conclusion that came under sharp attack by environmentalists.

News Bitumen Doesn't Float

Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee, May 23 2013

Study debunks Enbridge claims that oil sands crude spill is standard clean-up.

Total sets sights on getting oil sands crude to Gulf Coast

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 28 2013

France’s Total SA says current market conditions favour processing oil sands crude on the U.S. Gulf Coast rather than building an $11.6-billion upgrader in Alberta, as the company took a $1.65-billion (U.S.) loss on its 49-per-cent stake in the cancelled Voyageur project.

One tale told twice

Government critics beginning to smell a rat over Kitimat oil refinery proposal
 

Government critics beginning to smell a rat over Kitimat oil refinery proposal
 

At North America’s refining hub, a thirst for Keystone

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 16 2013

HOUSTON — The cherry-red crane looms emphatically over the grey industrial landscape of the Houston shipping channel where a refinery processes crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products.

Bitumen's Extraordinary and Popular Delusions

Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, 9 Mar 2013

Behold the latest mystical and ecstatic pronouncements of Keystone XL acolytes.

When to Say No

Editorial, New York Times, March 11, 2013

The State Department’s latest environmental assessment of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline makes no recommendation about whether President Obama should approve it. Here is ours. He should say no, and for one overriding reason: A president who has repeatedly identified climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing dangers cannot in good conscience approve a project that — even by the State Department’s most cautious calculations — can only add to the problem.

First Nations Group Orders Enbridge Pipeline Off Their Land

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, March 8 2013

Day seven of blockade: Group hopes to slow down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil

Experts have warned of ‘bitumen bubble’ for years

Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, February 24, 2013
 

EDMONTON - The Alberta government blames the “bitumen bubble” for the province’s current fiscal woes, but oil industry players have been warning about the phenomenon for more than a decade.A review of historical markets shows the gap between what Alberta oil sells for and the benchmark price for West Texas Intermediate has repeatedly hit $35 in the past two years.

Keystone XL Protesters Seized at White House

John M Broder, New York Times, Feb 13 2013

Four dozen environmental activists succeeded in getting themselves arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon to draw attention to their demand that President Obama reject construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

An oil economy built on sands: Canadian crude falls to $50 below global price

Frik Els, MiningDigest.com, January 29 2013

The price oil sands producers receive fell to crushing $49.80 a barrel below the international benchmark after a widening to $33 of the spread between the price of Western Canada Select – a blend of heavy oil sands crude and conventional oil – and US crude on Tuesday.

Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan

News Release, Wilderness Committee, January 24, 2013

This new report, Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan, analyses the insurance available to pay for oil spill response costs and damages caused by a potential marine-based oil spill resulting from the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.The report was co-authored by the Living Oceans Society, Georgia Strait Alliance, West Coast Environmental Law and the Wilderness Committee, and addresses the fact that Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal represents an exponential increase in the risk of a major marine-based oil spill affecting the Salish Sea’s most populous region—including the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Texas judge halts oil pipeline work

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Star-Telegram, Associated Press, 11 Dec 2012

HOUSTON — A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the latest legal battle to plague a project that has encountered numerous obstacles nationwide.

Tankers too risky for B.C. coastal environment: independent engineering report

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, September 1 2012

The Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal to ship oilsands bitumen from Kitimat along the B.C. coast carries an unacceptable risk of a significant spill, according to an independent analysis by three professional engineers.

Crude on the rails: in for the long haul

Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, Aug 24, 2012

North American rail shipments of crude oil are estimated to have grown by 360,000 barrels per day within the past 12 months to reach 465,000 bpd — equivalent to the addition of a major pipeline, according to First Energy Capital Corp., or 4% of total North American oil production

Enbridge pipeline opponents lack national platform of Keystone XL

August 19, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Katy Bodenmiller was worried about the proposed pipeline work near her house in Groveland Township, Mich., so she started looking for help.

Oil and ink: Publisher’s bold refinery plan raises eyebrows

Andy Hoffman, Carrie Tait, Shawn Mccarthy & Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail, Aug. 17 2012

VANCOUVER, CALGARY, OTTAWA AND VANCOUVER — He has no backers, partners or investors.

Proposed Kitimat Refinery Trial Balloon Does Not Address Threats from Enbridge Pipeline and Tanker Project

News Release, West Coast Environmental Law, Coastal First Nations, Living Oceans Society, August 17, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - A refinery in Kitimat is the latest attempt to build support for the Northern Gateway pipeline that has been fiercely opposed by First Nations, communities, and people across BC. Kitimat Clean, a fledgling BC company whose website went live just this morning, has proposed a refinery that might possibly be built sometime in the future, but only if the Enbridge Northern gateway pipeline is approved now.

B.C. newspaper tycoon proposing $13-billion oil refinery for Northern Gateway oil

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 17 2012

VANCOUVER - B.C. community newspaper tycoon David Black proposed today building a $13-billion oil refinery near Kitimat to use all of the crude from Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway pipeline.

The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, Part 3

By Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song, InsideClimate News, Jun 28, 2012

'Hearing the oil being described as a totally different product knocked my feet out from under me,' Miller recalls. 'What else have they lied to us about?'

The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, Part 2

By Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song, InsideClimate News, Jun 27, 2012

Days of confusion followed the spill. Officials thought they were cleaning up ordinary crude. It was an erroneous assumption Enbridge did not correct.

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