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Alberta oil sands

The Cost of Production and Energy Return of Oil Sands

December 10, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and Energy Returns

This article continues the series covering my recent trip to the Athabasca oil sands around Fort McMurray, Alberta. This is an annual trip that the Canadian government hosts for energy journalists, and expenses for the trip were paid for by the Canadian government.[read more]

How Alberta's Oil Sands are Produced

December 4, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Alberta Oil Sands

I spent the first week of November in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands around Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was there as a guest of the Canadian government, which hosts annual tours for small groups of journalists and energy analysts.[read more]

Study: Slow Down Natural Gas Development

July 14, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

Two of Canada’s top environmental NGOs — the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation — issued a jointly prepared study today slamming our rising dependence on natural gas, warning that the fossil fuel, while generally cleaner than coal, could seriously slow down efforts to combat climate change if our increased reliance on it...[read more]

Canada Dishes Out $876 Million for Shell's Oil Sands Carbon Capture Project

July 9, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) will receive C$876 million from both the Canadian federal government and also the Alberta provincial government for its Quest carbon capture and storage project at the company's Scotford Upgrader plant in the Alberta oil sands. Shell's Quest project would represent the first oil sands operation to...[read more]

The Viability of Keystone XL: Of Politics, Profits and Pipelines

February 16, 2011 by David Livingston

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the prospect of a nearly 2,000 mile long pipeline between Canada and the United States, the TransCanada Corporation’s “Keystone XL” project, should be welcomed as a harbinger of closer ties and safer energy supplies. Under the surface, however, lies a complex geopolitical and commercial logic that suggests it is Canadian producers – not American consumers – who stand to gain most from the project.[read more]

Sustainability: The Crux of the Matter with Alberta's Oil Sands

December 17, 2010 by Nathanael Baker

The oil industry, Alberta's provincial government, and the Canadian federal government are all breathing huge sighs of relief with the release of the Royal Society of Canada's report [pdf] on the Alberta oil sands. The cause for relief comes from the fact that a comprehensive study about the Alberta oil sands conducted by independent...[read more]