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Oil pucks and pellets — Alternative ways to ship bitumen

Canada's biggest railroad says it is attracting interest from oil producers in its effort to move crude in solid, puck-like form, as clogged pipelines divert more oil to riskier rail transport.

Alberta Innovates looking beyond bitumen for combustion

With oil sands producers losing money on every barrel of bitumen sold, many in the energy sector are looking for solutions. New pipelines and transport space on railroads would help, but researchers are now focusing on long-term solutions.

Study: Impact of diluted bitumen on young sockeye salmon deadly

Vancouver - A spill of diluted bitumen would put the survival of young salmon at risk even if the fish end up in clean water following exposure to the oil product, says new research from the University of Guelph.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto oil sands study excerpts, discussion Special

Scarborough - This is Part 2 of an Interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania that sheds light on emissions where oil sands production is occurring.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto researchers share oil sands study results Special

Scarborough - This is an interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania: Evaluating Officially Reported Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region with a Multimedia Fate Model.

Enbridge to build $1.3 billion oil sands pipeline extension

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge announced plans to build a US $1.3 billion southern extension to its Northern Alberta Woodland oil pipeline to connect the company’s Cheecham Terminal to its Edmonton Terminal and nearby refineries.

B.C. rejects the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project

Calgary - The B.C. Liberal government rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project shortly after they were elected to office. The project was fraught with conflict, and analysis of evidence for this pipeline approval was thorough and relentless.

Op-Ed: Alberta Clipper pipeline capacity expansion — Presidential permit

Calgary - Enbridge's Alberta Clipper Pipeline (Line 67) moves 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Alberta diluted bitumen from Alberta, Canada into the US. Enbridge Inc. plans to expand the capacity of the pipeline to 800,000 bpd, by installing new mainline pumps.

Arkansas Attorney General opens probe for Pegasus pipeline spill

Little Rock - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced this morning that the state is opening a full investigation into the Pegasus pipeline spill which has spilled thousands of gallons of Canadian bitumen in Mayflower last Friday.

Pegasus pipeline leak is at least 80,000 gallons

Mayflower - Exxon- Mobil and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency are currently estimating the size of the Pegasus pipeline spill to be between 80 to 84,000 gallons but are still trying to pin down the damage of the bitumen leak.

Exxon Pegasus pipeline ruptures and spills Canadian bitumen

Mayflower - Exxon-Mobil is mobilizing all of their resources to clean up a rupture in the Pegasus pipeline which has caused thousands of gallons of Canadian bitumen fuel to evacuate 22 homes in what the U.S. Environmental Agency has categorised as a "major spill".

Op-Ed: Alberta's Revenue Difficulties: Redford Talks to Albertans

Edmonton - Alberta Premier Alison Redford addressed the people of Alberta on Thursday evening. In her address, in what she depicted as starting a conversation with Albertans, Redford warned of very difficult choices her government will face.

Tar sands protest begins Saturday at White House

Washington - The controversial Keystone XL pipeline which would carry 700,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast has environmentalists planning a 2-week protest at the White House beginning Saturday.

Poisoning by tar balls may have caused ancient peoples’ decline

Los Angeles - A group of researchers are suggesting bitumen, found in tar balls and containing carcinogenic agents, may have led to a decline in health of California’s prehistoric peoples, the Chumash, who regularly used the now-known toxic material.

Op-Ed: Harper Acts Like the New Trudeau - Alberta Not Amused

Harper rolled into Calgary, the money machine for oilsands, announcing he would control bitumen exports like some latter-day Trudeau thereby creating even more uncertainty in the Alberta energy sector.
 

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Ian Gates and his team are working with heavy oil and bitumen.
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