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Enbridge's push to the Pacific wins support from China

Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, Sep. 01, 2011

CALGARY— Enbridge Inc. (ENB-T32.46-0.04-0.12%) has quietly garnered support from a powerful group of foreign interests for its controversial Asian export pipeline, as Chinese investors in Canada’s oil sands become increasingly bold in their ambitions to bring Canadian crude across the Pacific.

90 Day Public Comment Period on Keystone XL Tar sands Pipeline

Keystone XL Pipeline route - click here for larger mapOn August 26, 2011, the US Department of State issued its Environmental Impact Statement on TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL Pipeline which would transport tar sands bitumen from Alberta, through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, to Texas, and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Click here to read the Executive Summary from the EIS

The EIS concluded that the pipeline will not cause significant environmental problems.

Ignoring Enbridge spill lessons, State Dept. claims Keystone XL rupture would not impact public health

By Eartha Jane Melzer, The American Independent, August 29, 2011

Signals support for increasing use of tar sands oil

Enbridge signs on shippers for Northern Gateway line

By Dina O'Meara, Calgary Herald, August 24, 2011

Pipeline operator says agreements show feasibility of proposal

CALGARY — Space has been fully booked on the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the West Coast, potentially linking Alberta oilsands producers to energy-hungry Asian markets, says operator Enbridge Inc.

The Enbridge Pipeline: Northern Gateway to What?

Chris Genovali, Huffington Post, August 16, 2011

Conflating the interests of the shareholders and investors of energy giants such as Enbridge with those of the Canadian people has become the central talking point for the promoters of Alberta's tar sands. That deliberate conflation is all about generating public support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, which would see a twinned pipeline constructed from the tar sands to British Columbia and then the subsequent transport of what many have called the world's dirtiest oil by supertanker from B.C.'s north coast to offshore markets.

Oil line option will shift the risks to Alaska

By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, August 13, 2011

Latest plan for Northern Gateway project will be more expensive, but it has the significant advantage of support from the first nations

G7G Tar Sands to Valdez Rail Pipeline

Let the Alaskans take the risk appears to be the idea behind a proposal being peddled as an alternative to the highly controversial Northern Gateway Project.

Canada says oil, gas industry organized PR strategy for oilsands

By Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, Montreal Gazette, August 9, 2011

OTTAWA — Natural Resources Canada says a powerful oil and gas industry lobby group was responsible for organizing a key meeting and some controversial messaging, in partnership with government, to polish the image of Alberta's oilsands industry.

Judge stops transport of megaloads

By KIM BRIGGEMAN, Missoulian, July 20, 2011

MISSOULA — A District Court judge has upheld a request by Missoula County and three conservation groups to stop the Kearl Module Transportation Project — and its trucking of giant oilfield equipment modules through western Montana.

China’s CNOOC to buy OPTI Canada for $2.1-billion

Carrie Tait, Globe and Mail, Jul. 20, 2011

China has agreed to make another multibillion-investment in Canada’s oil sands, this time striking a deal to buy OPTI Canada Inc., the struggling energy company that filed for bankruptcy protection last week.

Alberta oil jobs flowing away as bitumen processed out-of-country

By Karen Kleiss, Calgary Herald July 19, 2011

Government projections show the percentage of the province’s bitumen upgraded by Albertans will plunge as low as 50 per cent in coming years, shattering Premier Ed Stelmach’s five-year-old promise to keep upgrading jobs at home.

Saskatchewan’s crude hopes dashed as Oil Sands Quest takes a beating

Frik Els,, July 12, 2011

Oil Sands Quest drill siteProving that nothing is a sure bet – not even the development of prime bitumen fields – Oilsands Quest on Tuesday suffered a second day of heavy losses, dropping 10% shortly after the open.

Turning Oil Sands into Pop Cans

By Geoff Dembicki,, July 11, 2011

How Alberta bitumen fuels the global thirst for billions of beverage containers.

Driving south from Vancouver, B.C., towards Seattle, the scenery is perfectly pastoral with rolling hills and grazing cows. But suddenly, dominating the horizon, the view is interrupted by a phalanx of refinery towers shooting white-gray plumes into the sky. These industrial spires of BP's Cherry Point refinery loom high over Whatcom county, a lush border region a little more than 100 kilometres north of Seattle.

Foreign environmentalists want review of Alberta oilsands plan

By Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal, June 18, 2011

EDMONTON — A collection of environmental groups from the United States and Europe are calling on the Alberta government to form an independent panel of experts to assess concerns with a new provincial land-use plan for the oilsands region.

Oil Sands Project in Canada Will Go On if Pipeline Is Blocked

By IAN AUSTEN, New York Times, June 6, 2011

OTTAWA — One way or another — by rail or ship or a network of pipelines — Canada will export oil from its vast northern oil sands projects to the United States and other markets.

Billions in Chinese investment hinge on pipeline capacity

By Chris Varcoe, Edmonton Journal, Postmedia News, May 30, 2011

We need fossil fuels, Alberta delegation to Shanghai told

Gearing up for a new labour crunch

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE, Globe and Mail, May 22, 2011

Canada’s oil patch is scrambling to bring back foreign workers, desperate to avoid a repeat of the labour crunch that clobbered the industry three years ago.

Megaloads could skip U.S. on rail-truck Canada route

Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, May 26, 2011

BOISE – What if giant loads of oil field equipment didn’t have to enter the United States to get from Asia to the Alberta oil sands project in Canada, and what if avoiding the U.S. actually cost less?

Environment groups blast Athabasca plans

By Hanneke Brooymans, Edmonton Journal, April 6, 2011

Tory conservation efforts not enough, they say

In its ongoing struggle to balance the economy and the environment in northern Alberta, the provincial government has boosted conservation areas in the lower Athabasca region to be 22 per cent of the total.

Alberta conservation plan stuns oil patch

Carrie Tait, Nathan VanderKlippe and Josh Wingrove, Globe and Mail, April 05, 2011

The Alberta government has proposed new environmental rules that would revoke a number of oil sands leases – including those which already have active projects – in an effort to protect sensitive habitat, wildlife and forest land in the most industrialized area of the province.

No to a New Tar Sands Pipeline

Editorial, New York Times, April 2, 2011

Later this year, the State Department will decide whether to approve construction of a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast called Keystone XL. The underground 36-inch pipeline, built by TransCanada, would link the tar sands fields of northern Alberta to Texas refineries and begin operating in 2013. The department should say no.

Cd'A may see megaloads

By BRIAN WALKER, Coeur d' Alene Press, March 24, 2011

Plan would bring oversized loads on U.S. Highway 95, I-90

COEUR d'ALENE - A proposal to transport oversized loads on U.S. Highway 95 and Interstate 90 is another step closer to becoming reality.

Shell sees future in oil sands

Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post, Mar. 16, 2011

In a world where political and regulatory risk has become as big a part of the oil business as finding new supplies, Royal Dutch Shell PLC is expanding its Alberta oil sands mining presence as part of US$100-billion in investment plans over the next four years.

Most Gateway pipeline shipments slated for U.S.

Nathan Vander Klippe, Globe and Mail, Feb 28, 2011

Much of the crude flowing through a controversial new export pipeline project will go to the United States, rather than to Asian markets, regulatory documents filed by Enbridge Inc. reveal.

NEW REPORT: Tar Sands Pipelines Safety Risks

A JOINT REPORT BY: Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Pipeline Safety Trust, Sierra Club, February 2011
AUTHORS: Anthony Swift, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Elizabeth Shope, NRDC

Tar Sands Pipeline Safety RisksTar sands crude oil pipeline companies may be putting America’s public safety at risk.

Oil pipeline from Canada stirring anger in U.S. Great Plains

David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers, February 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — Crude oil from western Canada began flowing through a controversial pipeline in Kansas last week.

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