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A crude awakening for the Keystone pipeline

Robert Collier,, Dec 21 2013

If U.S. President Barack Obama wants a way to appease both sides of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, he might want to look in the other direction — south to Mexico.

Is Bakken oil safe enough for the GTA?

Jessica McDiarmid, The Star, Dec 14 2013

The fires burned for four days after the explosions.

A train carrying 72 cars of crude oil had barreled into the sleepy Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic and derailed. And the oil did what crude oil isn’t supposed to do: it blew up, killing 47 people, leaving the downtown core in ruin.

Regulator: ND oil rail shipments expected to spike

James Macpherson, Associated Press December 12, 2013

Regulator: North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike to 90 percent of production

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.

Peter Voser says he regrets Shell’s huge bet on US shale

Guy Chazan, Financial Times, Oct 6 2013

Peter Voser said the failure of Royal Dutch Shell’s huge bet on US shale was a big regret of his time as chief executive of the company.

Drill Baby Drill

In this landmark report, PCI Fossil Fuel Fellow David Hughes takes a far-ranging and painstakingly researched look at the prospects for various unconventional fuels to provide energy abundance for the United States in the 21st Century. While the report examines a range of energy sources, the centerpiece of “Drill, Baby, Drill” is a critical analysis of shale gas and shale oil (tight oil) and the potential of a shale “revolution.”

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Fracked Gas Won't Solve Energy Crunch

Andrew Nikiforuk,, Feb 23 2013

Conserving key to energy independence concludes geologist David Hughes.

Bob Simpson: LNG snake oil for B.C.’s economic woes

Bob Simpson, Georgia Straight, Feb 14 2013

Forestry, mining, and agriculture all made cameo appearances in this week’s throne speech, but liquefied natural gas (LNG) had the starring role.

Is B.C.'s gas like Alberta's tar sands? Yes, in many ways, so it's about time we talked about it

Derrick O'Keefe,, Jan 31 2013

Earlier today in Vancouver, top officials of the B.C. government joined a day-long seminar -- or, more accurately, a love-in -- with the fossil fuel export industry organized by the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas

Jeff Tollefson, Nature, 02 January 2013

Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental impact.

Northwest Territories oil play big as Bakken

Dina O?Meara, Calgary Herald, July 19, 2012

Shale oil play success hinges on strong crude pricing and infrastructure

How Fracking Boosts the Tar Sands

Andy Rowell, OilChange International, July 4 2012

The energy revolution sweeping the United States is now taking up serious column inches in the nation’s papers. Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran with with the headline: “Expanded Oil Drilling Helps U.S. Wean Itself From Mideast.”

Drillers face first class-action suit for triggered temblors

Mike Soraghan, E&E EnergyWire, July 5, 2012

What may be the first class-action suit against oil and gas companies for unleashing earthquakes is working its way through the federal courts in Arkansas.

Apache calls new discovery in northeastern BC “best shale gas reservoir in North America.”

Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, June 14 2012

One of the energy companies planning a liquefied natural gas terminal at Kitimat announced Thursday “an outstanding” new shale gas discovery, the best in North America, in British Columbia’s remote and largely unexplored Liard Basin.

Schlumberger outlines future roadmap for fracking

By John Kemp, Reuters, Calgary Herald, April 20, 2012

LONDON — Hydraulic fracturing has already transformed the North American gas industry, and has the potential to revolutionize gas production and eventually oil output worldwide.

Oil companies rush to Bakken-fuelled boom

By Dan Healing, Calgary Herald, April 21, 2012

Workers flock to North Dakota

In the overheated Williston oilpatch, no one asks where you live.

Instead, they ask, "Where are you staying?" and then, "Where are you from?"

New Baaken Shale Pipeline to Cushing OK in the Works

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, April 20 2012

The controversy over TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline has raged on for years now, with no end in sight.

Fracking causes earthquakes, studies confirm

The Canadian Press, CBC News, Apr 17, 2012

Two separate studies are providing insights into the earth-shaking consequences of the controversial gas extraction process known as fracking.

A world awash in oil

Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, April 2, 2012

Middle East will go back to being an obscure backwater

Shale oil boom drives down prices versus rest of world

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 19, 2012

OTTAWA— North America’s crude market is increasingly diverging from the international scene, as rising U.S. production and weak demand pose long-term challenges for Canadian-based oil companies.

After the gold rush: A perspective on future U.S. natural gas supply and price (updated February 9)

by Arthur E. Berman, The Oil Drum, Feb 8 2012

On January 23, 2012, Chesapeake Energy announced that it would curtail drilling in shale gas plays in the United States. Subsequently, other operators have followed suit. While the outcome of this announcement is unclear, it is a signal that the industry is in distress. One can argue that this distress stems from a lack of discipline as market price began to decline.

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

By IAN URBINA, New York Times, December 30, 2011

KAROO, South Africa — When a drought dried up their wells last year, hundreds of farmers and their families flocked to local fairgrounds here to pray for rain, and a call went out on the regional radio station imploring South Africans to donate bottled water.

Fracking Cracks the Public Consciousness in 2011

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Dec. 29, 2011

This is part of our year-end series, looking at where things stand in each of our major investigations.

This was the year that "fracking" became a household word.

Burning Love

Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, December 5, 2011

Americans have never met a hydrocarbon they didn’t like. Oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, tar-sands oil, coal-bed methane, and coal, which is, mostly, carbon—the country loves them all, not wisely, but too well. To the extent that the United States has an energy policy, it is perhaps best summed up as: if you’ve got it, burn it.

The heated competition for shale gas

By Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 13, 2011

The shale-gas bonanza is fueling a hot competition among businesses that want to claim a share of what is promoted as an abundant long-term energy source.

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