Politics crimping export outlets for Alberta heavy oil

Finding a politically accommodating route to market for Alberta bitumen is becoming even more difficult than producing the abundant stuff. The US balked when TransCanada proposed to connect Alberta's prolific oil sands region with high-conversion refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. President Barack Obama delayed action on a crucial permit until after this year's general election. Now a westbound alternative has met official resistance. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark declared environmental risks outweigh economic benefits of the Northern Gateway proposal by Enbridge. The pipeline would provide a route for oil produced in Alberta to Kitimat in northern BC. Production from the oil sa...

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