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2013 SkS News Bulletin #10: Alberta Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted on 7 May 2013 by John Hartz

  • Al Gore isn’t overly pleased with Canada
  • Canadian official proposes yet another Tar Sands pipeline
  • House to vote on Keystone XL bill in May
  • Obama's former Communications Director's firm does PR
  • Oil sands growth will depend on Keystone
  • Oliver to defend oil sands during visit to Europe
  • Ottawa strikes back at Al Gore's remarks
  • Science committee jumps into Keystone pipeline fray
  • Tar Sands will be piped to the Gulf Coast
  • The many ways Joe Nocera is wrong on Keystone XL
  • TransCanada plans new Alberta pipeline and terminal
  • What people close to Obama think about the Keystone XL

Al Gore isn’t overly pleased with Canada

In this conversation, Mr. Gore offers a preview of his latest thinking, which he will discuss in detail on May 7 with Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto.

Al Gore isn’t overly pleased with Canada, Doug Saunders, The Globe & Mail, May 4, 2013


Canadian official proposes yet another Tar Sands pipeline

One of the only remaining spaces keeping TransCanada from connecting a series of pipelines that would send tar sands crude from their source in Canada to refineries along the Gulf coast is Julia Trigg Crawford's fields of corn and wheat in Direct, Texas.rgy minister exploring northern option for transporting 500,000 gallons a day of tar sands oil to Arctic ports

Arctic Ho! Canadian Official Proposes Yet Another Tar Sands Pipeline by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, Apr 26, 2013


House to vote on Keystone XL bill in May

The House will consider — and likely pass — a bill this month to expedite construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a Friday memo.

House to vote on Keystone XL bill in May by Zack Colman, E2Wire/The Hill, May 3, 2013


Obama's former Communications Director's firm does PR

Double-dipping is a "no go" in the real world of eating chips and salsa with a circle of friends but an everyday reality in the world of lobbyists and PR professionals. 

Obama's Former Communications Director's Firm Does PR For Keystone XL Pipeline, Tar Sands Rail Transport by Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog, May 3, 2013


Oil sands growth will depend on Keystone

New refinery capacity and pipeline projects coming on line will help demand and prices for Canadian bitumen in the next two years but Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. president Steve Laut says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will eventually be essential for growth in the oil sands industry.

Oil sands growth will depend on Keystone: Canadian National by Kelly Cryderman, The Globe & Mail, May 3, 2013


Oliver to defend oil sands during visit to Europe

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is in Europe this week to fight proposed legislation he says discriminates against the oil sands and could damage the reputation of Canadian energy products around the world.

Oliver to defend oil sands during visit to Europe by Amanda Stephenson, Postmedia News/National Post, May 6, 2013


Ottawa strikes back at Al Gore's remarks

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will make the Harper government’s case for the Alberta oil sands in Europe this week. But before he can begin, he finds himself contending with inconveniently timed comments from Al Gore about Canada’s climate-change record.

Mr. Oliver is none too happy about it.

Ottawa strikes back at Al Gore's remarks on oil sands as 'open sewer' by Sean Silcoff, The Globe & Mail, May 6, 2013


Science committee jumps into Keystone pipeline fray

Next Tuesday the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will be the latest of several House panels to hold a hearing on TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline, which remains under federal review.

Science committee jumps into Keystone pipeline fray by Ben German, E2Wire/the Hill, May 3, 2013


Tar Sands Will Be Piped to the Gulf Coast

One of the only remaining spaces keeping TransCanada from connecting a series of pipelines that would send tar sands crude from their source in Canada to refineries along the Gulf coast is Julia Trigg Crawford's fields of corn and wheat in Direct, Texas.

Tar Sands Will Be Piped to the Gulf Coast, With or Without the Northern Segment of Keystone XL by Candice BerndTruthout, Apr 29, 2013


The many ways Joe Nocera is wrong on Keystone XL

Joe Nocera of The New York Times is back with another column in support of building Keystone XL. I counted four errors or willful oversights in Nocera's piece, although I'm sure I missed some. Let's review.

Let Us Count the Many Ways Joe Nocera Is Wrong on Keystone XL by Daniel Kessler, The Huffington Post, Apr 26, 2013 


TransCanada plans new Alberta pipeline and terminal

TransCanada Corp. plans to spend $900-million on a new pipeline connecting two Alberta oil hubs as well as a 1.9-million-barrel terminal in an industrial area north of Edmonton.

TransCanada to spend $900-million on new Alberta pipeline and terminal by Canadian Press, The Globe & Mail, May 2, 2013


What people close to Obama think about the Keystone XL

To environmentalists throughout the country, denying the Keystone XL oil pipeline would be the most important sign that President Obama is committed to combating global warming.

To people close to Obama, the pipeline is not nearly that important, and they think the debate surrounding it is overblown, if not misplaced. In interviews with National Journal Daily, people who have advised Obama over the years, including former White House aides, downplayed the effect the pipeline would have on climate change or much of anything really, besides politics.

What People Close to Obama Think About the Keystone XL Pipeline by Amy Harder, The National Journal, May 5, 2013


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  1. I read that the Alberta tar sands development is to include CO2 sequestering. See:Technology Review
    Anyone know more about this?

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  2. Mike,

    As fate would have it, the Globe and Mail published an indepth summary of the status of proposed projects to sequester CO2 emissions in Alberta. Two key paragpraphs:


    "Alberta, too, saw two of four planned projects cancelled this year and last, including TransAlta Corp.’s Pioneer project and the Swan Hills Synfuels LP synthetic gas plant. In both cases, the companies said the economics of the projects no longer made sense.

    "But Mr. Hughes said the two remaining projects – the Shell Quest project that will capture CO2 from an oil sands upgrader and the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line – spurred by provincial and some federal dollars, will go ahead. CCS technology is the cornerstone of Alberta’s long-term climate plan, and is expected to contribute 70 per cent of the planned emissions reductions by 2050."


    Keeping the faith in carbon capture and storage by Kelly Cryderman and Shawn McCarthy, Globe & Mail, May 6. 2013 

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