Tag Archives: bitumen sands

Joint Review releases first round schedule, Gateway ruling put off for a year

Energy  Hearings The Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel has released its schedule for first round hearings for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. The panel will visit most of the towns along the pipeline route and the coast.  One surprise is that the bulk of the northwestern hearings will be held in Prince Rupert, not Kitimat as expected.  Kitimat,  where the pipeline will reach the sea and where the terminal will be gets just two days of hearings.  There will be eight days of formal hearings in…

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Kent attacks foreign “mischief” in opposition to Gateway:Sunmedia

Politics Environment Environment minister Peter Kent  has attacked critics of the Northern Gateway pipeline while speaking to reporters at the climate conference in Durban, South Africa,  Sunmedia/Quebecor reports. Foreigners funding ‘mischief’ against Canada’s oilsands: Kent Environment Minister Peter Kent has warned that some of the opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, which would run from Alberta’s oilsands to a new marine terminal in Kitimat, B.C., is not genuine. “Our government is concerned about some outside finances that have come in to interfere and obstruct…

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Little difference between diluted bitumen and conventional crude affect on pipelines, Alberta review says

Energy Environment     A study by an Alberta provincial government agency has concluded that diluted bitumen (also known in the industry as “dilbit”) is little different in its effects on pipelines than conventional or ‘non-oil sands derived’ crude oil. A review of existing studies was conducted by Jenny Been, P.Eng for the provincial agency,  Alberta  Innovates – Technology Futures.  A news release on the website describes Been as a “corrosion specialist.”  The study “concludes that the characteristics of dilbit are not unique and are comparable…

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US State Department delays Keystone approval until 2013, new route likely if approved

Energy Environment Politics  Updated 1915 Nov. 10, with link to TransCanada statement, 1940 with more reaction. The United States Department of State has delayed approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until 2013. A news release posted on the State Department’s website confirmed earlier media speculation about a delay in the pipeline project approval until after the current US presidential election cycle. Based on the Department’s experience with pipeline project reviews and the time typically required for environmental reviews of similar scope by other agencies,…

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Oliver in media blitz hinting at pushing Northern Gateway in case US stops Keystone XL

Energy Environment Politics Canada’s minister of natural resources, Joe Oliver,  has embarked on a media blitz, quietly pushing the idea that  Canada will go ahead and build the Northern Gateway pipeline to send bitumen sands to Asia if the United States blocks the Keystone XL  pipeline from Alberta to Texas. In a meeting with The Globe and Mail editorial board on Friday, and an interview with Reuters Monday, while attending the World Energy Council in Houston, Texas,  Oliver warns the American that if they don’t…

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Salon article calls Northern Gateway Keystone’s “evil twin”, asserts pipeline will never be built

Energy Environment Commentary Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, writes about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in Salon.com, largely for an American audience, calling the pipeline The evil twin of the Keystone XL oil pipeline U.S. opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline should take take note: One of the greatest weaknesses of the proposed 1,980 mile-long pipeline from Canada’s tar sand fields to refineries in Texas actually lies in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast.…

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China biggest customer for Kitimat LNG: Encana

Energy China is probably the largest long term customer for liquified natural gas that will be shipped through the port of Kitimat, executives from Encana, one of the three partners in the KM LNG project said in an investor conference call Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. India could also be big customer for LNG shipped from the Horn River in northeastern BC through Kitimat, Encana said. Although Japan will be increasing its purchases of liquified natural gas in the coming years, the immediate situation with Japan…

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Accuracy is the best neutrality. It’s all about the bitumen.

Editorial Memo to my media friends and colleagues: Last Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, the District of Kitimat sponsored an “educational forum” here at Mount Elizabeth Theatre on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project which, if approved, would carry bitumen from Alberta  to the port of Kitimat and on to Asia..There was an hour of presentations  covering all sides the debate, followed by a question and answer period. The Enbridge educational forum in Kitimat, Sept. 20, 2011.  Left to right, Ellis Ross, Chief Counsellor, Haisla First…

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