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Alberta welcomes more Chinese oil sands investment, Stelmach says

By Aileen McCabe, Canwest News Asia Correspondent, Calgary Herald, May 18, 2010

Premier says China clearly on radar for Canada's energy sector

BEIJING — When Premier Ed Stelmach said in Shanghai this week, "our doors are open," it was a clear invitation for more Chinese investment in Alberta's oilsands.

Alberta picks North West Upgrading for processing bitumen received from producers

By Dan Healing and Shaun Polczer, Calgary Herald, May 19, 2010

CALGARY - The Alberta government has chosen Calgary-based North West Upgrading Inc. to refine the heavy, sticky oilsands product it will receive in place of cash through its bitumen-royalty-in-kind initiative.

China's reach into Alberta oilsands signifies resource's vital role

By Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald, May 14, 2010

CALGARY - In the days following the initial public offering of Athabasca Oil Sands, the chatter at the many fundraising events around town centred on which company would be next to do a deal with a Chinese entity — whether an operating oil and gas concern or with a sovereign wealth fund. The consensus view was when, not if.

China pumps more investment into Alberta oilsands

JASON FEKETE, Calgary Herald, May 13, 2010

CALGARY — China is bolstering its stake in Alberta's oilsands, just as Premier Ed Stelmach jets to Asia to improve relations with the communist country that's increasingly eyeing the province's bitumen bounty and the shifting geopolitics of energy.

Tar sands takeaway pipelines 2010

Arthur Caldicott, May 3, 2010

Pipeline capacity out of the tar sands is right on track to meet bitumen production forecasts - and it's virtually all into the continental US.

Premier to companies: 'Get more aggressive' eliminating tailings ponds

By Jason Fekete And Lisa Schmidt, Calgary Herald, April 23, 2010

Avatar director Cameron urged to visit sites

Oil Sands Newest PR Push Doomed to Fail -- Again

James Hoggan, The Huffington Post, April 22, 2010

The recently launched Astroturf platform is yet another faulty step by the captains of the Alberta oil and gas industry – people more interested in ill-advised public relations campaigns than in coming to grips with the challenges facing their industry.

Athabasca Oil Sands tanks

Andrew Willis, Globe and Mail, April 8, 2010

Athabasca Oil Sands debut on public markets Thursday was a disaster, with the much-hyped energy company IPO selling off sharply in its first day of trading.

Ottawa puts up barrier to Sinopec bitumen exports

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Apr. 14, 2010

Ottawa says it will use its regulatory power to stop Chinese state-controlled Sinopec from exporting raw oil sands bitumen and refining it abroad to take advantage of looser climate-change rules.

Greens launch NAFTA action on oil sands

Globe and Mail, April 14, 2010

Environmental groups launched a complaint against Canada under the North American free-trade agreement on Wednesday, saying the country has failed to enforce anti-pollution rules governing its vast oil sands.

Athabasca IPO could hit oilsands record

By Dan Healing, Calgary Herald, March 20, 2010

Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. will go public in one of the highest-priced initial public offering in oilsands history, according to pricing released after markets closed Tuesday.

Watch group talks Enbridge

By Shaun Thomas, The Northern View, February 23, 2010

On February 18, a meeting was held by the Douglas Channel Watch group in the Raven room at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre to discuss the dangers that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project could cause Kitimat and its surrounding communities - including Prince Rupert.

Draining the Athabasca River

by Ricardo Acuña for Vue Weekly,, Monday, February 15, 2010

Alberta's "water management strategy" leaning to even more de-regulation and market-based objectives.

How much is too much? What percentage of a river's natural flow can you remove and still have it be a river?

Oil groups mount legal challenge to Schwarzenegger's tar sands ban

Terry Macalister,, 14 February 2010

• Californian legislation branded 'unconstitutional'
• Lobby group includes UK energy companies

Energy giants battle over costs of oil sands pipeline

Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2010

Suncor and Imperial Oil launch legal effort in the U.S. against Enbridge over new pipeline that they say is not needed and will increase tolls

Calgary - In the latest fallout from the oil sands euphoria-gone-bust, a legal battle has erupted between three of Canada's most important energy companies.

Pipeline project comes with 'hidden' eco-costs: report

By Shaun Polczer, Calgary Herald, January 19, 2010

Opening the Door to Oil Sands Expansion

A new report on the potentially negative environmental impacts of an oilsands pipeline to the West Coast has opened a new front for environmentalists opposed to the idea.

Suncor to reassess Fort Hills mine

Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Fort Hills Mine
The Fort Hills project is located in the Athabasca oil sands region approximately 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Handout)

Suncor Energy Inc. (SU-T37.87-0.71-1.84%) is completely reworking the proposed Fort Hills oil sands mine, and won't discuss timing on the project's construction until at least next year.

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