Oil Sands

Surprising to many, Canada is the No. 1 oil exporter to the United States. Increasingly, these supplies come from Canada’s oil sands in northern Alberta. That province’s estimated oil sands deposits are in excess of 1.7 trillion barrels of crude bitumen. More than $91 billion has been invested in the oil sands in recent years and over $170 billion in oil sands-related projects. Venezuela and California are also heavy oil producers.

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EIA global outlook sees more use of unconventional sources

Jun 1, 2009 Unconventional sources including biofuels could provide nearly half of the growth in global liquid fuel supplies during 2006-30, the US Energy Information Administration said on May 27 in its latest International Energy Outlook.

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Jun 1, 2009

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Jun 8, 2009

COMPANY NEWS: Shell plans major organizational revamp

Jun 8, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced plans for major restructuring of its organization, with its 200 most senior managers initially affected (see Personnel Moves, p. 36).

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Jun 15, 2009

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Jun 15, 2009

Oil sands attack lifts doubt about activists’ motives

Jun 15, 2009 A stepped-up attack on the Canadian oil sands strengthens doubt about the motives of environmental activists.

CSIS: Independents affected most by global recession

Jun 15, 2009 Independent oil and gas producers that rely heavily on cashflow face bigger financing challenges than major or national oil companies as the global recession depresses oil and gas demand and prices drop, experts said on June 3.

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Jun 22, 2009

ERCB lowers Alberta's oil sands production forecast

Jun 22, 2009 In its June report on Alberta's 2008 reserves and supply-demand outlook for 2009-18, Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) lowered its forecast of bitumen production to 2.7 million b/d in 2018.

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Jul 6, 2009

COMMENT: Industry stands at early dawn of new energy future

Jul 6, 2009 We stand at the early dawn of a new energy future. It will be powered by alternative energy and cleaner fossil fuels.

Editorial: Low-carbon fuel problems

Jul 11, 2009 Producers in Alberta’s oil sands region rightly worry about one of the worst ideas in the rich stew of energy-policy poison now at high boil in the US.

Special Report: Study estimates costs of CO2 emission controls on oil sands

Jul 12, 2009 New controls on emissions of greenhouse gases will raise the costs of petroleum supplied from oil sands by amounts that depend on the extent of regulation and on progress in abatement technologies.

Special Report: COMMENT: N. American strategy should link energy, climate concerns

Jul 12, 2009 Energy and climate change are important topics. And because energy production and use are sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the two are linked.
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