Bitumen

Thanks to Harper, I Recently Apologized For Being Canadian

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Emma Pullman

In addition to the Keystone XL which would increase total capacity of the pipeline to 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per day, Enbridge filed plans to Monday to build the $2.6B Sandpiper pipeline project across northern Minnesota. If approved, the project will move 225,000 barrels per day of unconventional oil to Minnesota, and 375,000 barrels to Wisconsin.

1.5M Litres and Counting: Volume of CNRL Spills Growing

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

According to new figures released by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) the total amount of bitumen emulsion - a mixture of tar sands heavy crude and water - released on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s (CNRL) Cold Lake Site is now more than 1.5 million litres, or the equivalent to more than 9600 barrels of oil.

Report: Cold Lake Bitumen Leak Mishandled by Energy Regulator

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

A draft version of a new investigative report released this week by Global Forest Watch and Treeline Ecological Research argues the series of underground leaks currently releasing a mixture of tar sands bitumen and water into a surrounding wetland and forest on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range is related to a similar set of spills caused by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) in-situ operations in 2009. The cause of the 2009 seepage was never determined and details of an investigation by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), then called the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), weren't made public until last year, four years after the initial incident.

The Most Expensive Onshore Oil Spill in U.S. History

Carol Linnitt | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

The largest onshore oil spill in US history -- Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan -- finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000 USD. That's according to newly disclosed figures released by Enbridge in a Revised Application to expand another one of its pipelines, the Alberta Clipper.

Why Not Everyone's Happy to See the Bitumen Bubble Burst

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Rubin

The grim news is that we've gone from bad to worse when it comes to how we move oil around North America. With oil prices now back in triple-digit territory, there is, at least, a glimmer of hope. The same high prices that are spurring producers to load crude on to train cars are about to, once again, curb our appetite for the fuel.

Beyond The Bubble: A Recipe for a Stronger Alberta

Merran Smith | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Merran Smith

With all the gloom-and-doom swirling around Edmonton this week, an outside observer might conclude a state funeral was in the works instead of an annual budget presentation. Yet while Premier Redford undeniably has tough decisions to make, there are promising signals that she is looking beyond bubbles and examining a range of more enduring solutions to the province's challenges.

Enbridge's Northern Gateway Becoming The National Nightmare

Robin Rowland | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Robin Rowland

The Northern Gateway is now becoming the National Nightmare. Canada has a new Two Solitudes in the 21st century. The dividing line is not the Ottawa River but the Rockies. It appears that in Alberta -- not just columnists but bloggers and tweeters as well -- seem to believe that if they just yell loud enough, that the people of B.C. will eventually realize their thought errors and join in supporting Alberta's manifest destiny.

I Occupied the White House

Maude Barlow | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

U.S. Scientists Oppose Keystone Pipeline

CP | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada Business

Scientists from some of the most prominent institutions in the U.S. have written a letter to president Barack Obama urging him not to approve a pipeli...