New bitumen processing and extraction technologies promise to be less destructive.
The Oil Drum: Canada | Extracting Heavy Oil: Using Toe to Heel Air Injection (THAI) (external - login to view)
Upcoming EventsQuote has been trimmed, See full post:
Title:"STOP TransCanada-Don't Mess With TEXAS!" Protest Meeting/Media EventWhen:02.01.2011 09.00 h - 11.00 h Where:Winnsboro Center for the Arts - Winnsboro Category:Special Events Description
WHAT: STOP TransCanada Protest Meeting/Media Event: Suzanne Goldenburg, U. S. & Canada Environmental Correspondent with The GUARDIAN (U.K.-global readership of 37 million readers/month) is traveling from Washington, D.C. to report on STOP & East Texans’ protest of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline. East Texas is officially on the global radar!
Suzanne will interview Landowners, STOP & Allied Experts, Activists & Citizens; and report on OUR OPPOSITION. All Regional TV, Radio and Press have been contacted to cover this historical event.
Last year, the EU appeared to be backing down on tar sands, but sources say negotiators for the 27-member bloc are becoming bolder as their scientific evidence becomes more robust.Briefing notes (external - login to view) prepared for EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard discussing European climate change goals and the CETA attest to Canada’s firm opposition to any European tar sands definition which negatively characterizes Alberta’s so-called ‘ethical oil’ (external - login to view):
“We are saying 'be careful', because Canada will not hesitate to take us to the WTO, so we have to have something rock-solid,” said an EU official.
“Canada has been lobbying the Commission and member states intensively to avoid a separate default value for fuel derived from tar sands.”Although Europe receives very little (external - login to view) of Alberta’s dirty oil at present, Greenpeace reports that exports are on the rise [pdf] (external - login to view) (and particularly via US ports which may soon receive much more dirty oil from the Keystone XL project (external - login to view)).
I say let 'em nix the plan... There would be a huge economic benefit to building the refinery somewhere in Western Canada and then shipping the finished product to Texas... I've heard that the Obama admin is looking at forcing the approvals through specifically to take advantage of the billions in investment dollars that would be injected into the States.
Madagascar Oil brings tar sands project to London market
The arrival of Madagascar (external - login to view) Oil (external - login to view) on the Aim market today allows investors to buy into what are likely to be among the dirtiest oil sands (external - login to view) projects – benefiting from the lowest tax rates – anywhere in the world.
Higher oil prices make the projects viable and the government is desperate to get production going, possibly as early as next year. It is ready to entice Madagascar Oil and its French partner Total with an extremely generous tax regime. Operators are being offered 99% of the revenue for the first 10 years while they recoup their costs, with just 1% for the government. Platform, a campaign group that monitors oil companies' activities around the world, said the offer was "unheard of".
Comparing Canada to Madagascar is what the Tories want, more idle chat about "ethical oil". We win. We want to win by much more but Alberta would prefer to go into deficit for Big Oil and cause needless pollution than be as green as possible. So they are dirty.
With the recent Technical advances in recovering oil from the Oil Sands, the amount of green hse gasses from Oil Sands development is almost the same as middle eastern oil landed in North America.
So if you want to keep complaining I think the only question that remains to be answered is when do you want to freeze in the dark ?
And the second question is, are you a big big dumbo ?