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Tar Sands Oil Boom Drives Push for A Northern Pipeline

Ed Struzik, Yale Environment 360, 29 Nov 2013

The rapid development of Alberta’s tar sands has spawned a new proposal for a 731-mile pipeline that would transport oil to the British Columbia coast. The project is strongly opposed by conservationists and First Nations leaders, who fear the environmental risks it would bring.

Obama approves border-crossing fracked gas pipeline used to dilute tar sands

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Nov 26 2013

While the fate of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline hangs in balance, the U.S. quietly approved another major border-crossing pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan last week.  

Obama Approves Major Border-Crossing Fracked Gas Pipeline Used to Dilute Tar Sands

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, 26 Nov 2013

Although TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has received the lion's share of media attention, another key border-crossing pipeline benefitting tar sands producers was approved on November 19 by the U.S. State Department.

A Time-Bomb at the Straits?

Patrick Sullivan, Northern Express (Michigan), July 1st, 2013

Rally hopes to draw attention to an aging underwater oil pipeline.

The pipeline turned 60 this year. It is owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, the same company that owns and operates a pipeline that failed and caused the nation’s largest-ever inland oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.

China’s CNOOC to buy Nexen for $15.1-billion

Claudia Cattaneo, National Post, July 22 2012

CALGARY – Chinese oil company CNOOC Ltd. is confident its US$15.1-billion bid for Nexen Inc. provides a “net benefit” to Canada because the deal helps accelerate resource development and increases job creation, making it aligned with Canadian government goals, the company’s two top executives said Monday.

Pro: Energy policies that shun Canadian oil will push an American ally to China

Andrew P. Morriss,, June 8, 2012

Are U.S. energy policies forcing Canada into a long-term trading relationship with China?

Con: Canada will trade with China, regardless of U.S. energy policies

John W. Maxwell,, June 8 2012

Are U.S. energy policies forcing Canada into a long-term trading relationship with China?

Enbridge unveils expansion plans for Canada and U.S.

Reuters, Vancouver Sun, May 16, 2012

Enbridge Inc kicked off one of the most sweeping expansions in its history on Wednesday, a $3 billion series of projects across its pipeline system aimed at moving western Canadian crude to Eastern refineries and preventing bottlenecks in the U.S. Midwest.

Nice Oil Imports You've Got There. Shame If You Lost Them.

VACLAV SMIL, Foreign Policy, Feb 29, 2012

Why Americans need to be more grateful to Canada.

Why Americans should love Canadian oil

Stephen Kelly, Globe and Mail, Feb. 29, 2012

As Alberta’s Premier makes her rounds in the United States this week to sell the oil sands, she might want to capitalize on the current American preoccupation with gasoline prices, which have soared more than 20 per cent in parts of the country since mid-December.

Is Venezuela on the cusp of a post-Chavez oil boom?

Steve LeVine, Foreign Policy, February 22, 2012

If Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is forced to drop his bid for re-election for health reasons, will the primary repercussion for the West be the exit of a voluble thorn in the side? Perhaps, but it will also mean the prospect of yet more newly available oil reserves -- on top of the widely projected U.S. shale oil bonanza. The takeaway: If the shale oil projections are accurate, and Chavez leaves politics under whatever scenario, we have the prospect of a geopolitical shakeup analogous to what has accompanied the rise of shale gas.

A Chavez-less Venezuela should worry Alberta

Darren Campbell, Alberta Oil, Feb 24 2012

As Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Alberta Premier Alison Redford exhaled after the EU rejected – for now – its proposed fuel quality directive, I wonder if they have been paying attention to Venezuelan politics lately.

EU backs off oilsands tag

Claire Rosemberg, Agence France-Presse, Postmedia News, February 24, 2012

Move to label fuel higher polluter goes to committee next

A fierce argument over EU moves to label oil from Canada's massive oilsands reserves as highly polluting looked set to deepen when talks between experts from the 27-nation bloc ended in a stalemate Thursday.

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