Energy from U.S. and Canadian tar sands technical, environmental, economic, legislative, and policy aspects : report prepared for the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science and Astronautics, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-third Congress, second session by Library of Congress. Science Policy Research Division.

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Statementby the Science Policy Research Division and the Foreign Affairs Division, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
ContributionsRothberg, Paul F., United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Astronautics. Subcommittee on Energy., Library of Congress. Foreign Affairs Division.
LC ClassificationsKF1865 .A25 1974b
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Paginationix, 90 p. :
Number of Pages90
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Open LibraryOL5237263M
LC Control Number75308104

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When ConocoPhillips signed a $ billion deal last month to shed many of its Canadian assets, it became the latest in a growing list Energy from U.S. and Canadian tar sands book foreign firms to sell tar sands holdings to a Canadian.

Canada's oil sands producers are stuck in a rut. This follows a spell of consolidation that has seen foreign majors sell off more than $23 billion in Canadian assets in a year and turn to U.S. Here is a look at some of the institutions with commitments and policies targeting oil sands.

* ING Groep in June updated its policy barring transactions directly linked to mining, exploration and transportation and processing of oil sands to include Canada’s government-owned Trans Mountain expansion, TC Energy’s Keystone XL and Enbridge’s Line 3.

Increasingly, pipeline capacity constraints, both in the U.S. and Canada, are forcing oil producers to turn to rail in order to export tar sands oil. The volume of Canadian oil moved by rail in July, the latest month available, increased tobarrels per day, which is.

The odd active oil sands projects are owned by major oil companies from Canada and around the world, including the U.S. and China. Together, the. The Canadian tar sands, or oil sands, are much more carbon-laden than most other fossil fuels produced in North America, and their possible outsized impact.

Get this from a library. Fuelling fortress America: a report on the Athabasca tar sands and U.S. demands for Canada's energy. [Hugh McCullum; Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.; Parkland Institute.; Polaris Institute.] -- "Development of the tar sands has already begun, with three large companies - Suncor, Syncrude, and Albian - producing large quantities of crude, and six more.

A much-maligned energy technology gets a thorough vetting in this sharp-eyed, wised-up primer. Sernovitz, a novelist (Great American Plain) and executive at a hydrocarbon-focused private equi. The tar sands alone are projected to emit more than 90 million metric tons this year, according to the Pembina Institute, while currently approved but yet-to-be-built projects would push that.

A single engineering project, the Syncrude mine in the Athabasca tar sands, involves moving 30 billion tonnes of earth—twice the amount of sediment that flows down all the rivers in the world in a year.

“It projects that Canada will double its current tar sands production over the next decade to more than million barrels a day. Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Total writing off Canadian assets for environmental reasons is hypocritical: CAPP French energy giant Total is virtue signaling with its move to write off billions of dollars-worth of oil sands assets in Alberta, according to the president and CEO of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAAP).

“It’s problematic. I think it’s Read moreTotal. Greenhouse gas emissions. Making liquid fuels from oil sands requires energy for steam injection and refining. This process generates 12 percent higher the amount of greenhouse gases per barrel of final product as the "production" of conventional oil.

According to Oil Change International, emissions from tar sands extraction and upgrading are between and times higher than the.

You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada's oil sands, or tar sands, to be one of the international oil giants, like Exxon Mobil or Royal Dutch Shell. But that isn't the case. The Athabasca oil sands, also known as the Athabasca tar sands, are large deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, located in northeastern Alberta, Canada – roughly centred on the boomtown of Fort oil sands, hosted primarily in the McMurray Formation, consist of a mixture of crude bitumen (a semi-solid rock-like form of crude oil), silica sand, clay minerals, and water.

Nearly 95 percent of current transportation energy needs are met by oil, and global energy demand for transportation is projected to increase by about 30 percent by Canada’s oil sands represent a tremendous source of secure, accessible and affordable energy to help strengthen global energy.

Meanwhile, Swift notes, NRDC has also helped block a number of other tar sands pipelines—Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain (which was sold to the Canadian. The expansion of the tar sands industry into Utah (and into the United States) is clearly dangerous, unjust, and highly controversial.

As US Oil Sands and MCW Energy are planning to begin their operations inother companies are eyeing the bitumen-rich area and making plans to develop even more mines and refineries. TC Energy. Canadian pipeline operator TC Energy is moving forward with plans to build the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, a project to move heavy crude oil from the tar sands region of.

A Canadian mining giant has withdrawn plans for a massive C$bn ($bn) tar sands mine, days before the federal government was to. Last year, the U.S. began exporting oil to China, Japan, France, Italy and elsewhere but there is no campaign against exporting U.S.

oil,” Krause wrote in an Oct. 3,Financial Post article entitled, The cash pipeline opposing Canadian oil pipelines. “The Tar Sands Campaign is keeping Canadian oil landlocked within North America. The pipeline would have helped transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to U.S.

refineries. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed disappointment. Just recently, the new Environment Canada greenhouse-gas inventory showed Canada's total emissions have taken off thanks in part to the tar sands. The inventory showed that Canadian. Today's energy prices and just as importantly, growing concern over energy security are driving ever-dirtier energy solutions, from Canadian tar sands, to a rush to develop shale oil and gas in.

He suggests that its real story is twofold: about the American frontier spirit, and about just how far we are willing to go to feed our oil addiction. In the book, Mufson asks readers to consider the Keystone XL debate — beyond the issues of climate change, tar sands and U.S.

energy trade policy. Suncor, formerly Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd, has suffered its first quarterly loss in 16 years. Last month one developer, BA Energy, became the first oil sands firm to file for bankruptcy. They are very viable in terms of cost - as oil and other energy is expected to stay at a relatively high level.

This makes extraction profitable. A pipeline is currently in the works which will deliver the oil to the bigger markets at competitive. 1 of 4 In this J photo, Melanie Martin, of the Tar Sands Resistance Movement, looks over the Book Cliffs, in eastern Utah.

The impending opening of the nation's first tar sands. Shell and Total report big drop in profits, but made clean-energy investments. A Total service station in Bordeaux, France. The oil company is reducing the value of its assets, including tar sands.

Canada’s large reserves of tar sands (or oil sands) are poised to become the number one source of U.S. crude oil imports inaccording to a. Protests against the Keystone XL pipeline needs to be seen in a broader, economic light, Grealy writes.

Canadian tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline will be a mere sideshow, he adds, and future. The opponents say the Canadian tar sands oil that the new line would carry would aggravate climate change, while threatening pristine waters in northern Minnesota where Native Americans harvest.

(Andrew Nikiforuk is an energy and environmental writer based in Calgary, Alberta. His book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, won the Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award.) ENDNOTES: [1] Patrick Daniels, Energy, Environment and the Economy, Remarks to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Septem   Saudi Arabia bought into Canada’s two biggest tar sands/oil sands companies, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund jumped ship, and the World Economic Forum highlighted the slow pace of carbon reductions in the Canadian oil and gas industry, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues to roil global fossil markets.

But Trudeau also supports the Keystone XL pipeline—a controversial project to connect Canada’s so called “tar sands” to the global energy market—which puts him at odds with the Obama.

The evolution of Canada's oil sands industry over three decades is visible from space, as newly released NASA satellite images show its growing mark by the Athabasca River. Canadian government researchers have discovered that oil-sands operations have puffed out mercury over million acres of northeast Alberta, boosting levels.

It is thus astonishing that the Canadian energy industry proposes a combination of the two. The boreal forest of northern Alberta sits atop one of the largest fossil fuel deposits in the world: the Athabasca bituminous sands.

Energy insiders call it oil sands, while environmentalists prefer tar sands—each side seeing what it wants. U.S. refineries along the Gulf Coast, where Canadian oil would be sent in the Keystone plan, are geared up to turn the heavy tar sands crude into gasoline and other essential fuels because of.

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